(PRWEB) November 18, 2004
A statement has officially been released from members of the autism neighborhood that could mean a huge difference to their futures.
If successful, and the United nations declare that the autism neighborhood is a minority group, it could aid to end discrimination for these who have this neurological difference.
The statement reads therefore-
This is a declaration from the worldwide autism community that from right here on we wish to be recognised as a minority group.
We make this declaration to assert our existence, to be in a position to have a “voice” on autism, rather than only that of specialists and professionals in the field, to show how discrimination impacts our lives, and that we want to direct a alter from this variety of bias against our organic variations, and the poor treatment that can ensue thereof.
We recognise the autism neighborhood as those diagnosed with any condition on the autism spectrum, which includes autism, low-functioning and high-functioning, those with asperger’s syndrome, fragile x, hyperlexia and PDD-NOS. We are aware that there are some people who have not yet recieved diagnosis, yet still recognise themselves as on the autism spectrum, and have the identical elelments on the diagnostic criteria.
We recognise ourselves as a minority group based on the following elements-
Folks in the autism community have their personal way of using language and communication that is distinct from the general population, is typically misunderstood and can lead to a bias against us.
Autism spectrum circumstances are scientifically confirmed to be largely genetic and heritable. Numerous of these on the autism spectrum who have kids bear young children who are also on the spectrum, this demands to be recognised to stay away from the frequency of criticism of autistic parents and discrimination that is suffered as to misunderstanding of the diverse needs, and communication amongst household members on the spectrum.
Men and women on the autism spectrum have a distinctive social network, this is mostly employing communication with text on the internet. It is an invaluable community for several of us. There ought to be enhanced availability and recognition for this autism community on-line so that isolated members of the autism community can join and participate.
People on the autism spectrum have our personal cultural variations, unique habits, such as stimming and diverse perspectives than the norm. We feel it is important that this is recognised as these “traits” are the issues that some children and adults are forced to stop by some harsh and intensive therapies. We need to have the appropriate to be ourselves, without the pressure to conform and adjust our cultural differences.
We experience discrimination in various types, usually simply because of our diverse use of language and communication, habitual differences such as stimming, and lack of acknowledgemnt that autistic parents could have autistic kids, and differences in the children are not due to poor parenting, but the innate differneces of our minority group.
The members of the autism community are facing an imminent threat of achievable remedy, in what ever style that may transpire, pre natal testing for autism that could imply a kind of eugenics, and total prevention from genetic counselling just before conception. We have grave issues of the possibilty of getting forced to accept a remedy, of parents getting forced to cure kids, and of there becoming fantastic stress put on parents on the spectrum to have genetic tests, or pre natal screening. In the same sense that this would be completely unacceptable to cure someones skin colour, we really feel that our variations want to be respected and our minority group to be protected.
A specific case of how being afforded protection would help members of the community is the present therapy meted out to autistic children at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Boston in the USA. The young children can be provided electric shock “therapy”, this is from a contraption that can be worn for several years. This inhumane treatment is sickening to members of our neighborhood, this is just a single such example of several.
We mean for this statement to commence a process of official recognition by the United Nations that we are certainly a minority group, and worthy of protection from discrimination, inhumane remedy, and that our variations are valid in their personal proper and not anything that needs to be cured.
Written by Amy Nelson 16th November 2004