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No Autistics Allowed, by Michelle Dawson

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  Messages 617-610 deleted by author between 06-19-2010 05:03 PM and 10-09-2008 03:19 AM
11:17 AM ET (US)
Well the byelection has been cancelled because Stephen Harper has called a general election for October 14.
06:31 AM ET (US)
Hi Michelle,

It looks like the by-election in the riding of Westmount-Ville-Marie on September 8 is a close contest between Marc Garnier for the Liberal party and Anne Legace Dowson for the NDP. If Ms. Dowson wins it will be a historic victory for the NDP in a riding which has always voted Liberal.

From what I have read of news reports, autism is not an issue in the by-election.

Have you seen any evidence of election campaigning?
  Messages 607-598 deleted by author between 07-09-2008 01:30 PM and 04-09-2008 12:28 AM
Michelle Dawson
02:16 PM ET (US)
With apologies to Helen Murray--I was sick for a while and am just catching up with things (and I tend to forget to check this board, in favour of the much more active TMoB board--sorry again!)

Anyway, this is my much-too late response.

I'm not "disordered," but I am disabled. Autistic traits and abilities are considered at least as being inferior and unwanted, and more commonly as less-than-human and a blight on society (as was stated by the Liberal Party of Canada, e.g.). This is disabling, as it would be to anyone whose traits and abilities were similarly denigrated.

Also, as I've written many times elsewhere, we've mostly gotten over assuming that the ideal life is white, straight, and male. But a lot of people still assume that the ideal life is nondisabled, and that all of us should strive towards this ideal, whichever way it gets defined at any given time or place. I think this assumption, like the assumption that whiteness, straightness, and maleness are the apogee of humanity, should be questioned.

If you're looking for organizations whose goals include making it safe for you to come out of the closet with your atypical neurology, I suggest The Autism Acceptance Project http://www.taaproject.com/ and the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network http://www.autisticadvocacy.org/ .

By the way, many autistics who met DSM-III autism criteria as children went on to considerable achievement as adults, including collecting a lot of university degrees (see Szatmari et al., 1989, e.g.).
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