Some people think and act in ways that are just different.
In order to promote fairness, standard evaluations and treatments need continual exploration and modification to meet our growing awareness of diverse individuals and diverse populations. This is a team blog. Authors posting are; Ed and Wayward.
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that will encourage people who may not have been in lots of environments
where what they thought counted for much to feel comfortable expressing
themselves here. That's what is most important to me.
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Being able to participate in public discussions regarding autism, for autistics, is a privilege, and it shouldn't be. Most are still prohibited. Those who aren't prohibited, often have little opportunity to do more than support tradition while having to accept the accompanying degradation. This so-called privilege is similar to that of being allowed to walk on a well-manicured lawn while carrying someone's golf clubs and occasionally telling them how well they are playing.
It's convenient for consumers to accept that our system of finance and industry is corrupt or for those revered as taxpayers to accept that the government is catering to elite business owners. However, it is much less comfortable for people who aren't diagnosed and treated by the support system to accept that it was never designed to be supportive, and that it is instead oppressive.
Describing what someone needs in our society as a special need is a way of defining what they have to contribute as insignificant and therefore, labeling them as burdens. The people who support such oppression have investments in which jobs become available and how standardized tests are designed. They lobby for laws that provide more opportunities for privatised prisons, which provide the biggest corporations with slave labor, more opportunities for the pharmaceutical companies that sell more compliance drugs than any other product, and they support forced institutionalization of the mentally ill.
It is wrongly taught that competency laws are provided for the protection of the accused. Instead, these laws are oppressive and work together with culturally biased intelligent quotient (I.Q.) tests in order that certain people remain disadvantaged.
The behavioral standards which are used to diagnose behavioral disorders are not only made unreasonably strict and fund a large behavioral modification industry; they help to support the entire oppressive system which I have described. In order for this oppression to continue people who are considered to have special needs must be prohibited from public discussions that help determine public perception and policy that determine how they are treated. If the public wants support for people that need it in so-called special ways, they will begin providing them the right to participate in empowering discussions.
Whenever there is a discussion regarding the rights of people with neurological and psychiatric disorders, I hope to hear about the people who are prohibited from the conversation and how this prohibition is preventing the needed progress.
Unfortunately, this is rarely if ever mentioned.Again recently after a widely publicized violent act was committed by someone with a diagnosis, many described how support services needed to be improved. However, the voice of the people who need the services was not heard.
Part of the problem is that there is no recognized language for people who are hurt by the system to use which explains their experience. The system is designed for the convenience of the valued public which they are not part of and in order to be educated enough for your opinion to be considered valid you must learn a way of describing your experience which invalidates it.
It's terribly convenient for a support system which sets standards for morality and competence supposedly for the purpose of encouraging these to be able to use the standards to prohibit the recipients of that support from reporting abuse whenever the language they use is considered substandard.
It's outrageous to hear politicians suggest that the system discourage bullying, encourage diversity, and work to become more empowering. In such an oppressive system, bullying must be encouraged, new ideas and the people who have them must be punished, and only the staff can be empowered. In this way compliance becomes the main thing that is taught and abusing compliant people is considered justifiable.
In order to be heard, the talking heads must claim that progress is continuing to be made. Challenging what gets called progress is seen as a threat to the people who must be appeased in order to secure your status. In order for real progress to begin, everything about the
current system must be challenged in a radical way and the people who are being ignored need to instead be heard and allowed to have an influence.