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Autism is not an Insult!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by circuskevin, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

    The girlfriend of an ex-neighbour came up with the title line a few weeks ago when I visited.

    Send us an email I asked ...


    Hi Kev -

    Hahaha, you told me!!! Sorry about my lack of a timely response, it's been a busy week ...

    Yes - Autism is not an insult, and to suggest that someone has Autism should not be viewed as offensive. That, in itself, offends me, as a person with Autism, and is an extremely outdated standpoint (something I have been unlucky enough to have experienced myself, albeit from perfectly well-meaning family members). Are you trying to suggest that if someone is like me, it is a bad thing? 'Autism' is just a name for a group of characteristics, and is not a negative or derogatory term unless you make it one.

    Hope you're well!!!!
     
  2. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    Has someone suggested autism IS an insult then?
     
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  3. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    Given that most, if not all, of the teachers on here will have taught children with autism at some point, I would think that everyone here already knows that suggesting someone has autism is not an insult. A proportion of the teachers on here will have autism.
     
  4. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Lead commenter

    I would suggest that almost any characteristic can be used insultingly, regardless of whether the receiver generally considers that characteristic to be negative.
     
  5. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Yes, somebody castigated the OP the other day for "insulting" posters by suggesting they may have autistic traits. Can't remember who, but I did feel compelled to make the point that if doing that is classed as an insult, then the bigger insult is to all people with autism.
     
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  6. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Oi- stop being such a big poster!
     
  7. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Lead commenter

    Who're you calling a "big poster", msr lowercase letters?
     
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  8. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Abuse! Reported!
     
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  9. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Here we go again...
     

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