Tales of an Aspie Freedom Fighter

Friday, May 26, 2006

What is Freedom?

On Aspies For Freedom I asked someone who appeared to be an American patriot, what is freedom? This is a question that comes too mind everyone time I hear the word come up in US politics (which is a lot). And I thought that I would ask it this time. Personally I don't think that those that use that word the most have little concept of what it means beyond some golden ideal that is without question or reproach.

As I am on my high horse thinking about this I fail to notice something obvious. I am posting this on a website called Aspies For Freedom. And even more I have blog called Aspie Freedom Fighter. If I can ask this surely this question could be turn back on us. What does freedom mean in this context? I, however, think I can answer it.

What is Freedom to aspies, and to me?

This means a couple of things.

Freedom of Identity

What I mean by this is the freedom to be who I am without fear of reproach or condemnation. I what to be about to go through my day without having to pretend to be someone I am not. To freedom to be who I am without the necessity to change or be changed to suit the ideas and wishes of society.

Freedom from discrimination

This is a bit hard to explain. To be free of being judged or treated based a static definition of a disability. This is very hard to explain. Perhaps someone else can explain.

Freedom of Personal Choice

I want the power to make my own choices and to be responsible for the consequences of said choices. I don't want my choices to made by my parents/therapist/doctor/medical establishment.

Freedom of SPEECH!

I want to allowed to expression my thoughts and feelings and be listened to, and be believed. No matter how strange or different they may seems.

I also want society to recognize that all autism are capable of communication on some level(even if only by bang there head against a wall).

Freedom of existence

I want to live without fear of being killed. And not just as a individual but as a people. I want society to acknowledge that we not only exist be are worthy of existence. This mean not call calling us an epidemic or a burden to society. Indeed this would mean opening your minds and letting us contribute to society in our own way. This also means allows us have the support that we need to do so.

That is how I define Freedom for Autistics. How about you?


  • Fabulous points! I so agree.
    Best, Liane Holliday Willey

    By Blogger Liane Holliday Willey, at June 02, 2006 5:53 PM  

  • Awesome! I will help you with the discrimination part. A friend of mine has echolalia (repeating words spoken to him), is goes him with being an aspie. He can supress fairly well, but not always while deep in thought, like when trying to troubleshoot a vaguely defined problem (and all PC repair problems are vaguely defined).

    His account manager was totally unsympathic. He eventually lost the account because of a few customer complaints of his echolalia. Since I work in the same town, I know the types of people that would complain. They were the ones that would complain about anyone different than them, like ethnic minorities.

    I would like to tell him where an "aspie safe employ" would exist. He is incredibly talented in IT and has worked with virtually ever type of computer on the plant, but his "weirdness" seems to be a career killer.

    By Blogger Zildgulf, at November 24, 2006 11:06 AM  

  • I have aspergers.
    I am disabled.
    But I am not disabled from my aspergers.
    I am disabled because this world is suited for a person who has a typical neurological wiring.

    Everything is suited for the "typical" with no regard to our oddies and atypicalities.

    Small things, like queues in stores, the light in public places.

    How I am approached everyday due to my ability of not being able to organize my life.

    How tarpapers are written, how questions are asked etc.
    Make me less then what I really am.
    That disables me.

    There are things I am really good at, but I never get to tap in to my full potential because what is asked from me is not what I can do.
    What is asked of me is to fit in line, shut the hell up and adapt.
    What is asked of me is to be something I am not.
    If someone was to harness what I can do, or really anyone with aspergers, HFA, ADHD, or any other autism spectrum disorder I really wonder what that could do.
    We could progress in life more then people can imagine.

    But the majority do not care.
    They are stuck in their mazes.
    They see us as a problem to remove, to cure.
    But the true fact is, we might be the cure for neurotypicals.
    We might be able to do things to them that they have been longing for. Our perspective is something they lack.
    As we lack theirs.

    Many people who are on the autism spectrum reject neurotypicals due to everything bad they have experienced. But the fact still is.
    We are all human.
    We are all alive.

    By Blogger sebastian, at March 21, 2007 7:44 AM  

  • There's a place where they harnessed the power of people with Asperbger's. It was like running a nuclear reactor at the same temperature as the sun and this company demolished all it's competitors so rapidly and with such brutal efficiency that their rivals had no choice but to go crying foul to the government ... about them being way too smart to compete with.

    The company is called Microsoft.

    One person alone with Asperger's may be branded a weirdo. Ten of them working together generally get another reputation - for kicking neurotypicals in the ass and making it look easy while they do it.

    I don't know if discrimination is justified against any minority but I can tell you that right below the surface in most people is a real fear that this much enthusiasm for anything anywhere stands a chance of putting them out of a job.

    By Blogger Texas Arcane, at September 17, 2007 6:57 AM  

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