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Discussion: An Army of One, Autism in SF
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primeideal.dreamwidth.org From: primeideal.dreamwidth.org Date: January 13th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

I'll think more about the latter points later on. But let's say I heard about a group of military secessionists, it's possible that one of my first reactions would be to go "whoa, hold on, they don't speak for all people on the spectrum." I'm assuming a very "net" (of some sort) based setting, so perhaps one of my first instincts would be to try and find the equivalent to a website/Facebook group made up of fellow spectrum people (n.b. /not/ neurotypicals who mean well and assume they speak for us) that is saying something like "the military is not the best approach, we don't all support the use of force in this way." Whether I'd be so offended as to be pushed towards a more integration-ist approach, would depend on context.

A couple more things: in my case I had a lot of difficulties with muscle coordination, especially as a young child. (Special education for speech articulation, gross and fine motor skills.) By the age of 14 or so I didn't really need any more accommodations, but using weapons is something that would probably be extremely difficult for me. Technology can help.

How far has medical technology advanced in this timeline? There are likely many possibilities that can help people on the spectrum (every case is different, for some people it would be about language and communication, for others muscle control in general maybe). But when it starts getting to talk of a cure, that can be extremely divisive; many of us (myself included) resent the idea of being considered disabled or that we should be cured, and would phrase it as "so you want people like us to not exist"? If the secessionists were trying to create a safe haven where people wouldn't have to worry about being cured, that would help sway me in their favor. Conversely, a counterargument from well-meaning neurotypicals would be "but think of all the low-functioning people who don't deserve what they're going through, please stay part of our society so that we can use our resources to help them out."

This might be going too far afield though, I'll try and think more about problem solving like you said. It's hard to tell my how experience is or is not typical, we'll see.
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