Tales of an Aspie Freedom Fighter

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Bickering in the ranks

The Autistic Advocacy movement has received some harsh responses from anti-cure groups and charities. Not all of the mudslinging is from anti-cure camp sadly. Without naming names, there are numerous disagreements going on within the Autistic forum owners. This bickering between forum owners has to stop!

The online Autistic community is divided into many different forums sites. And some seem to have a very Bill gates type attitude towards it. That they seem to want there site to be the centre of the autism culture & community. And this is true of the autistic rights groups too. I have always said that the Autistic Culture is a culture of dissidents. What I mean by this is that autistic differ greatly with each other. Some of this is because of the heterogeneous nature of Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Almost all of us share a feeling of being slighted by Non-Autistic's(Most I think do). And I think most want to see the stop to this. It's just most of us have differing ideas on how that should be accomplished.

The problem is some Autistics don't see this. To these people, they're right and everyone who disagrees is wrong. Also some Aspies can't let an argument go...ever. Many of these sites are split because of personal disagreements between owners.

These arguments are detrimental to our cause. These splits make us look silly and child-like to our opponents. People will not take us seriously. So please bury the hatchet!

How can we ask other to be accepting of us if we are not accepting of each other.


  • HI

    Welcome to the blogsphere!!!!

    Good job drifter!


    By Anonymous TheASMan, at December 15, 2005 10:43 PM  

  • Hi Drifter, thanks for the links, and I agree with you that there has been way too much pointless bickering going on!

    Do you want me to add your blog to my list of pro-neurodiversity websites?

    By Anonymous Bonnie Ventura, at December 16, 2005 8:30 AM  

  • yes bonnie, I would like that. thank you.

    thanks joe!

    By Blogger Drifter, at December 17, 2005 3:33 PM  

  • While I agree that there is too much petty bickering going on and that if we have any hope of making an impact we should be a (relativly) united front, I think that we need diagreements and differing view points, something that we risk loseing if we are too tightly knit

    By Blogger Siberius, at March 20, 2006 8:47 AM  

  • I have to say, the bickering is not unfamiliar to me at all. There tends to be a lot of it among the political far left as well. It seems that divisions and splits are quite common among committed and principled people.

    By Blogger Redaspie, at August 03, 2006 9:16 AM  

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