My sincerest thanks to Rachel, as she also helps direct our gaze to the ultimate possibilities outlined in her closing arguments of this rebuttal (as below):
- Autistic people describe our empathic experiences in detail, only to be told that we have such low empathy that we are the last to know it.
- Autistic people protest abuse and ill-treatment, only to be told that we can’t understand other people’s motives and intentions, much less respond to them appropriately.
- Autistic people are treated without empathy because other people believe that we have none ourselves.
- Autistic people face lives of substandard care, isolation, and abuse because we are considered to have been born without a core component of humanity.
- Autistic people lose opportunities for love, for friendship, and for caregiving work because people believe that we are incapable of them.
- Autistic people lose our sense of who we are because we have to endure a constant and unrelenting barrage of messages that tell us that we are something else.
Her poignant views helped to clarify, for me, that when we attempt to "pidgeon hole" others, using the dualistic mindset of "us" & "them", very often the 'humanness' of those we wish to understand more is totally lost behind the business of medicalization and prognoses.
Have a read of Rachel's blog... you'll be the better for it, I'm sure.