Power and Privilege: Shutting Down Dialogue in the Autism Community

This needs to be talked about, and talked about some more and yet more beyond that. No one out there, absolutely no one that has a child on the spectrum will ever say to you they have too much support. People want to see the nice, calm, quiet side of autism but there is so much more, it is called a spectrum for a reason. Families need help, children need help, caregivers need support and understanding not judgement and condemnation. Start talking!

Living on the Spectrum: The Connor Chronicles

It’s been a year since Kelli Stapleton tried to take her life, along with the life of her daughter. A year seems like a good, long time, yet people at TPGA that style themselves as “autism advocates” still don’t want to talk about autism and aggression. Although aggression affects many people on the spectrum, it doesn’t fit the autism profile that advocates are trying to promote, which is one that only involves positive attributes.

Parents want to have the conversation about severe aggression and lack of services and what that scenario does to a family. But they continue to be shut down. Parents are told that they’re “privileged” and don’t have the right to steer a conversation that includes the topics of aggression and lack of services. Yet the conversation is being controlled by people that epitomize the very privilege they strive to censor.

They don’t want us to talk about the appalling lack…

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One thought on “Power and Privilege: Shutting Down Dialogue in the Autism Community”

  1. So glad to have read this. A woman friend and fellow “horse human” ( our horses board together:) teaches special needs autistic teens. We have begun having them to the barn for field trips & volunteering. She is teaching me & I am observing SO much. Each of these children is so unique. I feel “green” and honored to be part of it.But I am well aware of the many facets the article above describes.Indeed, it needs to be talked about. Otherwise so many parents AND teachers will feel like they’re isolated. My nephew, even at age 4, began displaying the “not so quiet” side of autism with biting & hitting without warning or provocation. His parents felt SO confused & alone…


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