This just in: AoA writes the same stuff this week. Somehow Wakefield is a prisoner who manages to dig his way through shit to escape the whole pharma/industrial complex, leading the rest of the merry band of maligned people into the light. I could go on with the excrement one-liners, but I know someone who's way more into that than I am. Perhaps he'll wander by and offer some.
In other news, Mitchell and others still really hate neurodiversity. Rinse, repeat.
Still others are pissed about the new DSM-V guidelines. Others are happy. Some are meh.
And many autistic bloggers denounce those autistic individuals who think their autism flavor is an "endowment." Good for them. Autism is a diverse spectrum, and if you're not stuck being bitter about where life landed you (either as a parent to someone on the spectrum or an adult coming to terms with a diagnosis), well, it's a whole lot easier to read the research (in all its varieties, some of it good, some of it god-awful, some of it eye-bleeding, no-shit obvious, and some of it scary in how the researchers got it through an IRB) and separate the wheat from the chaff. Oh, and to ignore all the personally irrelevant junk, too.
Just a reminder, one that people tend to forget for some reason, people on the spectrum are PEOPLE. They hold lots of things in common with folks with different neurotypies: some of them are assholes. Never hurts to remember that fact. Even more of them, though, are regular, mostly well-intentioned people doing their best to get through the day (and by regular I mean the commonality that most people share, regardless of issues). And some are truly spectacularly graceful people who rise above, who excel at grace and compassion. We should try to avoid the first category, accept our likely status in the middle, and aim for the latter: grace and compassion.
Bright spots: There are some lovely people doing some really good work out there and they aren't hard to find.
Several disability (and disability rights) bloggers followed Dave Hingsburger's call to write about love and sex. They made for interesting, sweet, and refreshingly candid readings on the intersection between love and sex, as well as loss, the absence of sex or romantic partners, the want of, and more.
Zakh Price's due process hearing went well; he'll get "compensatory educational services." One thing down, more to go.
Several grassroots organizations led through facebook and other websites are working to change the world, change the legislation, change public perceptions. And all this in spite of the divisions of the autistic community. In fact, the Zakh Price and Gomey cases showed conclusively that where people's emphasis is on helping those in need that ideology is irrelevant. Parents who stretched their own spectrum from biomed and anti-vaccination to evidence-based and vaccinating bonded together to work for Zakh and Gomey. The extremist edges of those camps stayed on the sidelines letting their ideology guide their actions. That's okay, though. There are plenty of folks for whom making a positive difference outweighs the need to rightfight. And if that isn't a thing of wonder (see Thelma's Wonder Workin Power on RFID), then what is?
Feel free to chime in with your positive and uplifting thoughts. What wonders have you seen recently in the autism community that disprove the idea that fear and loathing dominate (and that some things and the individuals who espouse those views are working themselves right into irrelevancy)?