The most important and the most difficult work for disability advocates is defining the attitudes that support oppression.
Attitudes that destroy trust and encourage envy,greed,and bitterness are similar to a parasitic mold. It only grows within a particular environment, and it consumes the vital essence of its host.
In order to starve an attitude parasite you have to examine the environment that is encouraging its growth.
People think of protection and focus more narrowly on their own needs when they are believing in scarcity. If there's not enough of something they need, they will be less interested in providing for others.
Scarcity is often taught by people with the means to advertise for keeping the masses dependent on them and encouraging them not to be organized and work together.
What disability right advocates would like to encourage in their community is that accommodations will encourage the healthy attitudes that will in turn produce more provisions for everyone. This would create attitudes of generosity and sharing rather than dependence greed and fear.
When a government, community or even a family doesn't stay focused on the advantages of working together they are instead compelled to struggle with each other for dominance. When provisions are made for someone's weakness and vulnerability people who don't feel secure with their ability to get what they need will compete for those provisions.
Of course the title is misleading in that intolerance of other people accommodations or the pace of their lifestyle would never be considered a disorder. However, it can be and often is quite debilitating. When those who are exposed to teachings of intolerance, they are there by prone to impatience with others being accommodated. They see a common purpose in the masses of people and a common pace that the majority of people keep and can begin to believe that this standard is somehow divinely ordained and diversity is therefore, sinful.
Unfortunately, like with most disabilities, no one has any idea what the majority of autistic people could do if we were accommodated. The first step to accommodation would of course be to better understand how we as humans might view the world in a different way and how some very basic and very common standards are actually discriminatory expectations when our differences aren't understood and respected.
One area that my skills are inadequate for what some consider the standard is shown by my inability to drive. Not being equipped with standard driving skills, I wonder sometimes how many drivers are aware how few people have the skills they have. It's not that the majority of people can or do drive a car but that driving is considered a standard skill for the people in the world who are honored as valuable contributors.My visual difficulties are very evident when I'm in a moving vehicle. The movement of the vehicle along with the visual sense that the environment I see out the window is constantly moving at unpredictable speeds makes me feel very awkward and on guard. I have little if any sense of the perimeter of the vehicle I'm in. I can't tell from the inside just what size the vehicle I'm in is, so I can't tell how close it's coming to oncoming traffic. I have no sense of direction and can't read a map. I also can't do two things at the same time so even as a passenger I get very nervous trying to read a road sign when the driver of the car dealing with traffic.
The more I have to contend with several things happening at the same time the more difficult it is for me to make decisions and the longer I am presented with a chaotic stimulation the more nervous, awkward, and on guard I become.
The sensory difficulty can also present itself with issues regarding human relations. Not everyone in any given conversation is going to always agree on the pace but I generally can't follow the agreed upon pace for more than a minute. After that what seems to me as a chaotic exchange of misunderstood expressions begins to increase my anxiety more every minute.
In a conversation with one person, I have a great deal of difficulty with changing subjects. I also have difficulty with people moving around the room while they're talking. If someone changes the subject or ends a conversation in a way that seems abrupt to me my sensory awareness is raised and my chaotic energy level may be seen by others as emotionally charged. There is an emotion involved, but I find that it's a different type of emotion that others may presume it is due to the emotions that cause them to react.
With me the emotion is always fear but it isn't necessarily on how I feel about the other people in the situation beyond their control over the environment that demands a response from me that I'm having difficulty making. They may believe that my verbal skills are such that my responses are more unrehearsed than they are, that my ability to sort through current information that I'm receiving is better than it is, that I am more able to change direction in a conversation than I am, and that sorting through all the emotions that others are feeling within a conversation is something I can do more easily than I actually can. The way I see others doing this is similar to the way that I watch them be able to weave through traffic and change a barrage of images into static symbols they can negotiate.
This difficulty is not the same with other autistics though it may be similar with some. However, it can be something that causes people difficulty, which isn't readily noticeable by others. These difficulties and the issues they present aren't something that many people will understand even after spending lots of time with me. They will have no doubt that there's a problem but won't know what it is.
As long as everyone is seen as competing for the same thing in life and accommodations are seen as some type of advantage in that competition people will be less able to understand each other and be encouraging and empowering.
The truth is there is no scarcity of the compassion that produces encouragement and empowerment anywhere in the human species. Accommodations don't need to be seen as either an undue advantage or an excuse for irresponsibility. There are many more possibilities than just these two. People have many different motivations and many different goals and their expressions of creativity and inspiration are severely impaired when others believe that any aid that someone else gets will somehow reduce the aid that they themselves get. Indeed, the opposite is true. Encouragement and accommodation create more of the same for everyone in the same way that greed and theft do.
This environment of encouragement is readily accessible to everyone and will provide us all with the necessary resources to survive. If the environment is instead infected with parasitic attitudes where no one feels like they are receiving their due, everyone will indulge in the luxury of seeing every standard they can meet as their divine inheritance and every substandard expression as a sinful act meant to rob them of the reward they deserve.