Autistic Adults/Adults With Autism (whichever you prefer)
I just found an article over at the Washington Post site called “Autistic and Overlooked.” The amazing part of this article is that it focuses on autistic adults; something, which you’ve probably noticed, is not really mentioned very much. I mean, just look at Autism Speaks. They never mention adults in anything they do. I think the language of the article could be reworded though, from disaster language to something more like “challenging” that would not give the impression of autism as purely a distressing thing.
Speaking of communities that do however . . . obviously Wrong Planet does.
There’s a relatively new board called “Neurointegrity,” which is run by Thomas McKean. As I understand it, its creation was partially (or totally . . .) a response to the forums over Autism Speaks, which are argument ridden and run by anonymous moderators who randomly edit/delete the posts over there when people get onto topics that they don’t like. They also have a tendency to suspend your account for a week or more as punishment for “crossing the line.”
Thomas’s idea (as I interpret it) about the boards he set up is that people should be allowed to converse and exchange information without being harassed in the process by other posters. So when controversial topics come up, they get discussed, but without flaming and name calling and all of that stuff that happens regularly at the forums of Autism Speaks.
I like that he included a specific section of the board labelled “Don’t Forget the Adults: The Government May Have Forgotten, but We Haven’t. Discuss Adult Issues Here.”
As to not leave out the not quite adult population, there’s also an article I found written by a kid (possibly a teen; it doesn’t say) who is an aspie. He gave this speech to his boy scout troop. It’s really a cool explanation.
Well, I wasn’t planning on writing every day for 4 days in a row . . . but sometimes it just works out like that.
~ by lastcrazyhorn on April 2, 2008.