Aspergers/autism Is Not A Disease!

Aspergers/Autism have been relatively ignored until the past couple years.  Now it is on the news all the time and people constantly ask me about it.  No one ever cared until recently with all the news hype.  What peeves me about it is that the news keep labeling it a disease.  Would love to know how many people with autism or aspergers consider it a disease because I sure don't, and I feel this view is ignorant.  I am proud to be an aspergian.  I hope everyone in this circle is proud too.  
Lyddia Lyddia
31-35, F
3 Responses Jun 27, 2011

I think of the term "Asperger's Syndrome" as a code-word. This is what I tell my son. It is a code word to describe how your brain works. By using the term, it allows those who don't know you well to get a head start. It is not a disease and it is not an illness.

The way we talk about AS is problematic for me, as well. One prominent researcher talks about those who "experience" disabilities rather than those who "have" a disability. Just the word "disability" implies something that is less-than, so the word itself is disabled.

I used to work with a boy who had autism and was non-verbal. He also had cerebral palsy and was blind. I taught him language with a pecs board and he taught me a lot about myself. I don't do that kind of work anymore. I actually think there were too many specialists around him. Sometimes we had 13 people in his team meetings, every expert contradicting one another. I think they were well meaning but it was frustrating. So kudos to you for deciding how you make sense of your own life, on your own terms.

It's not a disease, it's the cure!<br />
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What is it the cure to?<br />
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Racism, lying, crime, hate, war.... et cetera.