Writer/Producer of TV show: Autism/Asperger’s is so quirky, mysterious and exotic! I will give this eccentric character some quasi-autistic traits and help spread the word that they *might* be autistic, because RATINGS//
Actual Autistic people in Fandom: Yay! I find this character to be relatable! Perhaps characters with neurology like mine will be on TV more now! Hooray for representation
Writer/Producer of TV show: LOL silly fangirls, of course this character is not autistic! Here are some experts who know your neurology better than you! They agree with me because this character does not rigidly match a list of arbitrary symptoms! Also, TOO MUCH EMPATHY!!1! (Silly fandom this character is too epic to be autistic anyway)
Actual Autistic People in Fandom: wait but no
Actual Autistic People in Fandom: but this character has so many traits and experiences with other characters and their lack of understanding for him
Actual Autistic People in Fandom: but he’s one of the only characters on TV I can see myself in at all
Actual Autistic People in Fandom: BUT if I keep watching the show I’m supporting this terrible and ableist Writer/Producer
Actual Autistic People in Fandom: wat do
I have met and talked to people who hide their diagnosis because they fear they are going to be lumped in with “them”
Other people don’t want to see the aspbergers label dissolved because then they will be grouped with “them” and people will see them as just more of “them”
It’s really just being ableist and yet expecting others not to be.
That does not work, that will never work.
Less about people with Autism and more about interpersonal relationships
I don’t think people with severe disabilities and diseases should be allowed to go to school.
Now, don’t get me wrong. People with disabilities that only slightly impact their life should definitely be allowed to go to school. But there are a few people with really bad diseases that can’t walk, speak, or control their movements. ( I’m really sorry I can’t provide you guys with a specific name for this type of thing. I couldn’t find anything. ) People like that are disruptive, annoying, and are just a burden on their caretakers and parents.
If they’re unable to learn and can’t provide any use to society they should just stay at home, as forcing them to enroll in school is both utterly pointless and a responsibility that others shouldn’t take care of.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this one is a troll…Hopefully. The blatant ignorance is strong with this one.
Really, have you ever heard of schools having “Special Education” programs for children with specials needs? And who the fuck else is going to take care of them, if not their parents or caretakers? Wild animals?
If the OP is describing cerebral palsy I can say that it does not typically impact cognition and learning ability (unless it’s a case co morbidity). But I went to public school for two years and they were at least three kids with cerebral palsy, two girls who walked okay using supports and a boy in a wheel chair. He was never allowed in the general population, expect for lunch. He seemed quite smart, but they never let him challenge himself. Similarly their was a guy who was blind who basically just sat around reading braise books all day. The school has less than 20 kids per class on average and pretty deep pockets and they still wouldn’t bother letting him learn with the other kids. Also schools shouldn’t and do not function like day cares, not any good day care anyway.
I think the use of the word “Retard” is okay.
Before you call me intolerant or an ablest, know one thing: I have Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of higher functioning autism. I’ve been in special ed, and been around many kids in the program. And 2 opinions prevail among that group of people. They either are:
1.not offended by the word, or
2. are just offended because it’s an insult, and would be equally offended at “Moron” or “Stupid”.
When the petition to stop saying “The R word” went around in school, most people signed it. Except for the people they were trying to help. That’s right. Many people in the Special Ed program chose NOT to sign the petition.
Listen, being an ally can be great, and we appreciate the help. But, please know what the people you are trying to help actually want. We don’t want the word removed from existence. We want to redefine the word from “A person who has mental disabilities” to “A person who is stupid”. The sooner we sever the connection between retards and people with mental disabilities, the better. The sooner you stop strengthening that connection, the better. This has already happened before, with “Idiot”, “Moron”, and “Imbecile”. It can happen again.
So, feel free to call that jerk who cut you off a retard, and the fact that you were laid off retarded. We don’t mind. In fact, it helps us redefine it.
From another person on the spectrum, THANK YOU. This is exactly what I’ve been saying for YEARS – you just put it a lot more tactfully.
“Retarded” isn’t even an acceptable phrase for a person with a lower level of intelligence than the norm. It’s at an ackward stage of a word between terminology, insult, and adjective.