[Image: Screenshot of a Facebook status and the comments on said status.
Friend: Wow, I could go to the [redacted university name] Autism/Asperger’s Awareness Week events. Look at me, I’m a statistic! I’m a special needs group! Heck, add in my diabetes and I’m diversity personified!
Me: Oh, wow, thanks for making me aware of autism and Asperger’s!
Friend: Your profile picture [this] makes me feel like you’re being sarcastic.
Me: Only slightly. I agree with everything written herehttp://goldenheartedrose.tumblr.com/anti-autismspeaks
Friend: Ah. Nicely done, there…
Friend: Though to be fair, I disagree and do feel that, while not a disease, it is a valid medical condition, and therefore think it’s perfectly fine to be researching cures/fixes/whatever. To me, objecting to that on grounds that it would rid the world of autistics holds about as much weight as objecting to diabetes-cure research because it would get rid of diabetics.
Me: The thing is, autism is a variation in the very way of forming they myriad of connections in a person’s brain. A “cure” to that would mean completely changing the person’s way of processing information and thinking, and very likely completely change their personality. Autism comes with a bunch of problems, certainly, but most of them social, not medical, while diabetes actually is a medical problem.
Me: Also, having an autism test would only put pressure on people to get their fetuses tested, and if positive, to abort, because autism is sooooo teeeerrible.
Awkward moment when I really really hope I’m not arguing with an autistic about autism awareness…but I don’t *think* he is?
Anyhow, is my allistic privilege showing? Any problems with anything I’ve said? And anything else that I should say?