The Autism Spectrum According to Autistic People
However, an unforeseen side effect of the IDEA’s deficit-oriented focus upon disability has created a dilemma for parents of autistic children and has fostered a problem-oriented societal approach to autistic people in general.
The autistic community is at risk with the rest of society. This critique of the behavior seen in the community looks at how we can save ourselves.
It doesn’t speak to me about grit or determination or courage or tenacity either, though for some it might. For me it speaks about the importance of understanding that success consists of living, sometimes for excessively tedious amounts of time in a predominant state of failure.
I promise that I will always try to approach the idea of a cure or treatment with compassion in mind. If someone feels they need to be cured, it’s logical to reason that they are hurting. I will try to keep this in mind to avoid minimizing any harm.
One man sheds light on a terrifying reality for many autistics– that families commit their autistic children to psychiatric hospitals where they are abused, mistreated, restrained, and secluded.
An autistic teenager is forced into court-ordered ABA. Each week, his anxiety builds until he elopes from the scene and runs into traffic to escape his therapists.
Mike Wise recalls his time as an autistic student placed in seclusion as a punishment for being impulsive or not getting his work done.
Students with disabilities are often placed in seclusion, further isolated from peers. One sibling would no longer watch it happen to her little brother.