Obviously we are each entitled to our opinions. My views on this have been shaped by much study of the issues, and are based on the consensus opinions of scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists and autistic people themselves. It is not my belief that autism is primarily cased by genes, it is based on evidence.
And my views are based on my own personal observation, i.e., lived experience.
Note, I've met some scientists/experts in my time and some of them are, IMO, sane and some of them are not. Also, it so happens that MOST Irish (let's keep it local for now) are taking their lead (as in Following Orders) from Big Pharma - aka - Corporate America. That's not merely my opinion, its a fact. You can do your own research, I've done mine.
sharon wrote:You wrote 'as far as I'm concerned' before giving your wholly mistaken opinion, making it a belief. This is a science/skeptism forum it's expected that opinions are backed up by more than mere faith, especially when challenged by evidence to the contrary.
As I say, you can do your own research. At the end of the day, people believe what they want
to believe. I've had to face some very unpalatable truths myself... and if I were to disclose some of them to you right now (about the Irish Medical/Health Establishment) you'd f***king freak out - as would a lot of other Irish people! Note, I'm still writing my book...
sharon wrote:Autistic people are not emotionally distressed or psychologically disordered, except by the terrible treatment many of them undergo at the hands of an uncaring, ignorant and bigoted society.
"Society" is made up of individuals and each one of those individuals is (as an adult) responsible for their own personal actions - and nobody else's actions. Therefore, if an individual is ignorant or bigoted, then that individual is personally responsible for his or her own ignorant/bigoted behaviour - unless of course, he or she is actually non compos mentis. That is, his/her brain is so damaged they cannot function normally, or is SO emotionally distressed (traumatised) they cannot function as an autonomous adult: e.g., choose to feel hungry/tired/sad/angry etc etc., when one actually is - because their physiological/neurological system is
quite literally "haywire". You know, like when someone has a stroke, they can no longer function in the normal way they once did...
sharon wrote:I would also question the value of the expression, 'cannot function normally.'
People are diverse, and normal is in the eye of the beholder. Unlike the normal Irish family, mine is not white, christian or school attending. I do not seek to be normal, and if my child gets by in non-normal ways, then so be it. If he prefers more solitary leisure activities, or continues his interest in trains and roller coasters, or needs help with some everyday living issues that most people can manage alone, so what? I will help him to grow to be the best non-normal man he can be.
I agree, Normality is very varied. When I use the term "normal" I don't mean it to be an addict to Big Mac or Britney Spears or any other of that normalised
shite that so pervades our collective psyche: to me, all that so-called normality is decidedly and pathetically abnormal - but it is The Norm, after all!
On the contrary, normality to me is being free to choose what is good (as in BENEFICIAL) to one's own health and well-being, not least the continuation of one's healthy DNA (offspring). And to be honest, I don't see how Britney of a Big Mac is good for one's health. Do you?
Eternity is a very long time, especially towards the end.