This is the worst of times: :(
Note: Sarcasm warning
For an autistic person to advocate regarding public policy,social norms, disability rights, etc ., they must sacrifice autonomy as well as any independent ideas they have about these matters and submit to the goals of a single community or ...advocacy group. The leaders are the most qualified to decide what's best for everyone and can make all the important decisions. Anyone who challenges these ideas is a threat to everyone's liberty.
This act of solidarity serves the collective because it reduces the challenges they face with the broader segment of the population. It also empowers the individual because, as everyone knows, autism robs a person of the ability to socially interact appropriately. Submitting to the will of the group in this way teaches compliance (which they need to survive in the real world) and gives them a sense of belonging.
The standards of intellect and appropriate social behavior are set to provide the majority of people with the best possible future. Development is based on a persons ability to meet these standards by the correct age so that the schools can provide the appropriate aid. Appropriate development is essential within 18 years. Otherwise there is little hope for someone's future.
Autism is a developmental disorder. It is divided into two strict categories. Some are low functioning and live devastatingly awful lives and others are high functioning, have a little of autism and are socially awkward geniuses.
The goal of advocacy is to either prevent the birth of autistic children, cure them by any means necessary, or help get behavioral treatments that help them be as normal as possible.
Low functioning autistics can play no role in advocacy. High functioning autistics (most all of them use the internet and are advocates because it's such a friendly environment for them )can be supportive by either being a shiny role model for what the others can one day achieve with the appropriate treatment or instead show the world what a terrible tragedy autism is without proper support.
Is this the what everyone believes?