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Is Autism a Disability or a Difference?

Nov 26, 2012 -- 1:13 pm
By Judy Endow, MSW

So many ideas in the larger autism community often become a debate. As an autistic this black-or-white, choose-your-side sort of thinking is very neurologically friendly to me. I like clear choices. But I also believe we are often unwittingly duped into believing we need to choose a side only because an idea is presented as a dichotomous choice.
“Is autism a disability or a difference?” is one of these questions posed as a dichotomous choice in the autism community. The way the question is posed gives the impression that there is one correct answer.
When Autism is a “Difference”
Many autistic adults would like if autism were recognized as a difference rather than a disability. Many in this group are the walking, talking autistics. We can go out in public by ourselves. Some of us are parents. We are your friends, neighbors and co-workers. We might seem to be a bit odd, but we can fit in enough to at least be allowed a place in the world at large. to read this entire article, please click: http://special-ism.com/is-autism-a-disability-or-a-difference/

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