My Letter To Hillary Clinton

Dear Ms. Clinton,

I think you have done yourself and those of us on the autistic spectrum a great disservice by aligning yourself with the group “Autism Speaks.” I know of several thousand people that you snubbed in that one action. There is an online community for people on the high functioning end of autism at Wrong Planet that is nearly 16 thousand people strong, and most of them are anti-cure.

Autism Speaks, as you must know, is pro-cure. They are anti-neurodiversity and those of us who identify as such. They think that if you are not “normal,” then that makes you less than human in some way. Autism Speaks is responsible for hate ads against autism, displaying it as something seen only in the worst possible light and as a potentially hopeless future.

I don’t understand how you can be open minded about gay rights, and yet close minded about neurodiversity rights. I would have voted for you if you had not sided with the enemy, the very people supporting our extermination. You know, they think that Einstein, Thomas Edison, Mozart and Leonardo da Vinci were all on the autistic spectrum somewhere.

Instead of embracing what makes humans diverse, you have promised to combat it. How about working to combat bullying in schools? Did you know that it is estimated that 90-100% of kids with some form of autism are bullied in schools? Nearly 100% bullied. Where’s the coverage for that?

Did you know that people on the spectrum are less likely to judge others on the color of their skin, sexual orientation or gender? That’s something to combat? Most people with Asperger’s Syndrome have either normal IQ or above normal, oftentimes running into the genius range.

How about the thousands of autistic people who have been institutionalized just because they couldn’t communicate in the “normally accepted way”? How do you feel about the Deaf community; should they be fixed too?

Or are you going to take the traditional view of the past:

It’s your fault for being odd; you brought this on yourself. Thus, the people who prejudice, those who vehemently hate people who are different from they, the bullies who triumph in almost every setting, are absolved of all fault; once again teaching the next generation that hate is acceptable and tolerance is not. Will you be part of this right to hate, or will you stand up for the rights of those who have never been stood up for? We have been let down so many times by people who should have kept us safe; people in authority who were supposedly there to help us; people older and supposedly wiser than us, who turned a blind eye to our pain at the hands of other people who were justified because they were “normal” and we were not.

Some sources you should be aware of:

The Discovery of “Aspie” Criteria by Tony Attwood (one of the foremost experts in this field) and Carol Gray.

The Autistic Distinction

Autism Does Not Mean . . .

“Getting the Truth Out” (it is necessary that you read the entire thing)

“Our Names Are Autism Too”

“Why I Dislike “Person-First” Language by Jim Sinclair

The Neurodiversity blog

NTs (Neurotypicals) are Weird

Tony Attwood’s Homepage

The Politics of Autism

Silence = Death

Whose Planet Is It Anyway?

The Learning Curve of Acceptance

From – (read farther down to see which stereotypes are not considered true among many autistics)

* Jim Sinclair says this in “Don’t Mourn For Us”:

“This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.”


lastcrazyhorn (diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and a Registered Voter)

~ by lastcrazyhorn on January 4, 2008.

9 Responses to “My Letter To Hillary Clinton”

  1. […] Here’s another interesting post I read today by lastcrazyhorn […]

  2. Wow. I’m so glad I stumbled across this site. I’m fascinated by the idea of neuro-diversity; I think ALL humans are on not just one spectrum but several. The discrimination against those with autism and Asperger’s grieves me.

    I would only suggest that the cure-focused organizations really aren’t your enemy. They play a role in helping create a forum for parents of autistic kids, especially those with severe disabilities.

    Your real enemy is ignorance and a public insistence on the black-white, sick-well paradigm in understanding human behavior and talents.

    Anyway, congratulations on this site. I’ll look forward to returning and reading more.

  3. LCH,have you heard anything from her people? She has some critical gaps in her understanding of diversity, I’m afraid. Thanks for bringing this up, for I wouldn’t have noticed this otherwise.

  4. Johnstodderinexile – I’m not actually against the parents of those involved in Autism Speaks, nor the creation of a community it creates for those parents, but rather the one-sided nature of the picture it poses for autism and the future of those with autism. I’m actually friends with several people on Autism Speaks’s bulletin board. Nice folks. And I’m doing my best to present my POV in a logical, rational and mediating manner; which in turn, people respect me for.

    Autism Speaks is just a tangible place to point towards in terms of ignorance and the sick/well belief for people. They’re just my starting place. 🙂 Wherever I go, if I can somehow bring up the autism spectrum AND find a way to positively explain it, then I do. The other day, I taught my entire dentist’s office about it.

    Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your words and view and hope you come back again.

    Carl – Not yet. You’re welcome. 🙂 Now to research everyone else. *rubs hands together* Muahahahhaa.

  5. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! I hope my daughter grows up WITHOUT becoming neurotypical and that she can express herself half as well as you do.


  6. awalkabout – Thanks. 🙂 *grins*

  7. isn’t it just AMAZING (or actually unbelievable) that people think they’re doing the right thing because they have no clue? it’s like how the White House held a big special olympics torch run on ADA Day (instead of recognizing the disability rights movement). they couldn’t pick any other day… ?

  8. Very nicely done!!!

    Thank you fpr directing me here…

  9. You’re welcome!

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