Thursday, June 03, 2010

Autism Is A Learning Preference Not a Disability? Educationalist Needs Some Reality Based Autism Education

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Main Entry: ed·u·ca·tion·ist 
Pronunciation: \ˌe-jə-ˈkā-sh(ə-)nist\
Variant(s): also ed·u·ca·tion·al·ist  \-shnə-list, -shə-nəl-ist\
Function: noun
Date: 1829
1 chiefly British : a professional educator
2 : an educational theorist


Main Entry: pref·er·ence 
Pronunciation: \ˈpre-fərn(t)s, ˈpre-f(ə-)rən(t)s\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English preferraunce, from Middle French preferance,from Medieval Latin praeferentia, from Latin praeferent-, praeferens,present participle of praeferre
Date: 15th century
1 a : the act of preferring : the state of being preferred b : the power or opportunity of choosing
2 : one that is preferred
3 : the act, fact, or principle of giving advantages to some over others

According to the Miriam Webster online dictionary an educationalist is a professional educator or an educational theorist.  In the above reference  which also formed the headline  of the article in question and is now on the internet the Educationalist distorts the realities of Autism Disorders.  A preference, as set out in the MW involves a choice, the power to choose. Even for those with High Functioning Autism or Aspergers I have never seen a scholarly article or even a Neurodiversity ideological tract which describes their methods of learning as being choices.

The educationalist says  that autism is not a disability? Tell that to those with Autistic Disorder and intellectual disability. For them, including my son, autism is a serious disability.  The Educationalist should educate himself about autism DISORDERS before telling the world that autism is not a disability.

Educationalist educate thyself!

1 comment:

Stranded said...

who cares what they want to call it. At the end of the day you have a child severly resistant to learning dynamic skills and in the best case scenario - good at rote memorizing static things (like which button to press to turn various equippment on, calendars and entire scripts of shrek).

More like a learning disability that causes a learning preference for static systems.