Autism is a disability and being disabled is a crime. How people think in different ways is especially vulnerable to the abuses of law enforcement.
Those who have the means to control the broadest part of the population are willing to use their resources to gain an even tighter grip of control over an even larger group. The corporations use their resources to buy the politicians vote so that laws will be made, which streamline consumers and voters in a way that enables mass production of less diversified products. In order for the average/normal consumer to be validated, they must seek an end to diversity and the inconvenience of a broad range of products and services. Ultimately, this means fewer numbers of people with a narrower range of interest.
Having fewer resources gets portrayed as having character flaws, which aid in motivating consumers to buy the popular products which they have been shamed into believing is a respectable practice. The threat of not needing what they mass produce is what large industries will advertise in terms of character flaws so that diversity is equated with shameful behavior.Shameful behavior ultimately translates into what an enforcement agent can claim is inappropriate and illegal.
An autistic person may have difficulty in communicating with someone either because other forms of communication may be better suited for how our brain works. We may present mannerisms that are awkward and uncomfortable for others as well as we may have need for open and honest communication that others are threatened by. We may be in an environment where the lighting, the volume of sound, and the number of distractions is all set at a level that the people who are accepted and appreciated can handle very well. However, this overwhelms our senses.
Others may have learned protective mechanisms of avoiding their prejudices and that protection may be offensive to us. That protection is a luxury that we cannot afford. Nor are we often afforded the luxury of expressing our discomfort about such things without consequences for it.
Honesty and justice may be much more important to an autistic person and yet treating us unjustly may be more easily justified because the offense done to us (which is met with an unacceptable reaction) is typically overlooked. While this dynamic is somewhat an issue with everyone it may be more likely to create unreasonable expectations for an autistic person which triggers an adverse reaction.
I rarely see a television sitcom where someone whose communication diverts from the very narrow and glorified mainstream be part of any joke that isn't at their expense. The subtly of this attitude plays a role in how society views atypical communication as the expression of someone who is abnormal and therefore, has a substandard character.
This character assignation of autistics is particularly counter productive because many(including me) will see the unfair rules and the boundary violations as a reason not to trust authority. At the very least it creates confusion, which leads to chaos. For some this will encourage them to violently rebel, which then encourages the unfair stereotype of autistics generally not wanting to co-operate.
Even more than entertainment encouraging drug use people are influenced to choose alternative or counter-culture lifestyles, which often include recreational drug use because the mainstream is so offensive to them. Because the economy is king, large industries exploit every opportunity to capitalize on the drug appetite in the US. Besides being trained by every public medium to escape reality and make purchases based on impulse, the government ushers the drugs they have deemed illegal into the US, registers the users with the least financial resources as criminals at every opportunity, describes using drugs not distributed by pharmaceutical industry as self-medicating and therefore irresponsible, expands the church of the 12 steps to be used as an unregulated government enforcement agency, gives increasingly more power to the Drug Enforcement Agency to be the enforcers of economic and class divisions, and makes institutionalizing misfits more common than ever.
Whatever tool is used in a class war(at this point the drug war is among the biggest and most effective) will spread to and affect every member of that class. In the same way that drugs are both encouraged and provided as well punishing those who use an unauthorized brand (non-pharmaceutical) ,all people with forms of developmental disabilities and delays as well as learning disabilities and psychiatric illness will be subjected to abuse based on a similar mindset. All differences, delays, and disabilities that affect how people think are considered maladjustments and character flaws worthy of punishment supported by the law.
Learning disabilities being viewed as cognitive problems support trends like the same drugs which are used for the maintenance of ADHD to also be most the popular and dangerous street drug. It also aids those who are allowing the federal government to make even more discriminatory behavioral demands of school children (known as Positive Behavioral Support) and prevent the public from reporting the abuse of school teachers and administrators.The largest and the most powerful political mental health advocacy group in the US is the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) which supposedly advocates for the consumers of mental health services. However, they get 75% of their funding from the pharmaceutical agencies who are in command of the services. NAMI has helped to pass laws for forced institutionalization. These laws have mainly been used to aid in the class war that needs little to no reason to incarcerate minorities and the otherwise disenfranchised.
That also goes along with the size of jails being based on children's reading scores and IQ being used as a method for excluding people based on race and class distinctions. The standardized test from the No Child left Behind Act are what the ACLU sees as one of the main reasons for the problem they call the School to Prison Pipeline.
Of course Autism Speaks is the biggest influence of how autism is typically viewed and of course their focus is on genetic research. This serves the same agenda as that of trying control the rate of the population and encourage superiority based on who will follow the authority who is already in place rather than encourage innovative thinking. With this type of thinking people with disabilities are seen as not needing to be accommodated. Instead everyone is simply encouraged to trust that those who are already in power were divinely ordained to that position and only those who act and think like they do (as well as serve their current agenda) are divinely assigned the right to live.
The institutionalization of a standard for correct thinking is nothing more than a marketing tool that is used to exploit, discourage, and exclude people who think in ways that don't make profits for the industries that mass produce.
Grieving about your son or daughter not being all you had hoped for is clearly seen and felt by them and causes an environment of toxic emotion. When people see that their parents are following the standard beliefs and feelings of broader society that views them as a burden that the important citizens need protection from, it makes them the ones who actually carry the inconvenient burden of the bigotry that others don't want to acknowledge or deal with.
Neurodiversity isn't a threat to people wanting to help the most vulnerable part of the population. It is instead diversity of any kind that threatens the propaganda and lies that serves to maintain the current system of injustice.
We really don't need more tolerance and charity given to autistics. We instead need to protect autistics and everyone who is judged as having a disability (or inconvenient nature) and be less tolerant of those who are abusing their authority at our expense.
Links to articles and videos on this subject:
We're Beyond Product Placement Now: Here's Behavior Placement
Psycho-therapeutic interventions in learning disability: focus on cognitive behavioral therapy and mental health
Just Say No! to the War on Drugs
Read or Go to Jail
Sir Francis Galton - Father of Eugenics
Ewen Cameron, Memory Thief- Part 1
School to Prison Pipeline: Talking Points
Kendra's Law (forced institutionalization)
CIA Drug Trafficking
CIA and Contras cocaine trafficking in the US (note: What I call Regan's double talk)
Recreational Drugs FAR Less Likely to Kill You than Prescribed Drugs
Death from Ritlin The Truth Behind ADHD
Alcoholics Anonymous America's State Religion
The History of The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
MDRI Alleges Torture Against Children and Adults with Disabilities in the United States
PBIS: Progressives Bullying Innocent Students (A better and more objective look at Positive Behavioral Supports PBS)
Pfizer Turned NAMI into "Trojan Horse" to Push Geodon Off-Label to Kids,Suit Claims
Trends in Institutionalized Populations
Quote from that page: The US has one of the highest prison to population ratios and one of the highest reported absolute number of prisoners in the world.