About.com is seeking your opinion on the Neurodiversity Movement. With the recent coverage of Ari Ne’eman and the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)in Newsweek Magazine much opposition has risen. About.com editor Lisa Jo Rudy explains, “my opinion, is that there is no such thing as “autism.” Instead, there are multiple “autisms,” each quite distinct. And there’s no way to know which individual is likely to do well or poorly when he or she is diagnosed. Nor is there any way to know what type of treatment, or how much of it, will be necessary or helpful.”
In my opinion Neurodiversity in its own definition aims to point out multiple levels of autism, each quite distinct. I’m using this because we need to point out the word diversity in neurodiversity. Every condition has unique symptoms and affects each person uniquely – Autism is no different from that.
Right now there are a wide variety of comments including:
I am an individual with autism who longs for a cure. I think neurodiversity is nothing but a scam. Their claim that if society accommodates autism then no cure is needed is certainly not true. Autism is still a disorder and the problems will be there. No way society can accommodate kids who attack others or who make untowards sexual advances. There was a recent article about an autistic man hitting a baby. Why should this behavior be accepted.
In the meantime I personally will exercise my own judgment about what is best for my son with Autistic Disorder and profound developmental delays. I will not seek counsel from Ari Ne’eman or any other adult with Aspergers Disorder or any high functioning adults with Autistic Disorder either. They do not share my son’s life realities and challenges.
Some parents may wish to relinquish their responsibilities as parents to an ideological movement of strangers who do not know their children. Not this Dad. Not now, not ever.
I think both sides can benefit from each other. Parents can learn from those who are adults, by asking how they came about with their own peace of mind.
I encourage you to voice your oppinion on the neurodiversity movement on about.com’s page, and also post your comments hear as well so communication can be fostered in an area where people will not be attacked. As always you can stay upto date on this and other pieces of Autism News in our custom newsfeed.