Friday, November 16, 2007

The Real Autism Argument

Sally Eva, as quoted in the Independent, summarizes nicely one of the most intense points of discussion in world autism debates:

"People with autism range from those at the severe end who can't tell a person from a post to those at the mild end who may be madly over-communicative. The NAS employs people with autism so it is over-influenced by those at the mildly affected, employable end of the spectrum. The real argument is between people who believe in "neurodiversity" – that autism is on the normal spectrum and we should work for more public acceptance of it – and those who believe it is a medical condition that needs treating."

- Sally Eva, UK, Parent of a 15 Year Old Daughter with Autism

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