I do not pretend to be a fan of Neurodiversity ideologues who distort the realities confronted by persons, like my son, who are severely autistic. For the most part I have come to expect such distortion from ND bloggers and ideologues. Occasionally though I am surprised, taken aback, when someone who appears to demonstrate balance deliberately misrepresents a comment I have made here at Facing Autism in New Brunswick.
Some are just plain dishonest and self serving in their misrepresentations of autism disorders while others are sincere and do not intend to distort facts when commenting. Until today I had always thought of Astrid, At Astrid's Journal, as someone with whom I could disagree but respect her opinion, notwithstanding her ND ideology. Now, I am afraid to say, Astrid has posted a comment, once again about one of my comments, only this time she intentionally distorts what I had said.
In Severe Autism Reality 2007 Flashback - Long Island Autistic Woman Beaten by Attendants in Group Home I talked about the abuse that is a reality for some severely autistic persons. The simple point I made was that for some autistic people abuse is one of the challenges they face, it is part of their reality, living in a dependent care situation, and unable to communicate when being abused. For some communication in the ordinary conversational sense is not possible. Nor can some communicate on the internet as Astrid does. That makes them particularly vulnerable to abuse.
That is what I said. That is all I said. It is common sense. It is obvious. It is something that I fear when contemplating my son's future.
I did not say, as Astrid alleges in her comment Disability Doesn’t Cause Abuse that severe autism CAUSES abuse. I said it makes many who suffer from severe autism VULNERABLE to abuse. Astrid distorted what I said and suggested my comment meant something other than what I said by indicating that I blamed the victims of abuse for the abuse they suffer.
Astrid also stated that she was "up in arms" over my comment. Well here's a news flash for Astrid ... I am "up in arms" over her misrepresentation of my comments.