Kingston, PA

#1 Oct 8, 2013
I used to resent Neurodiversity activists because I hadn't thought they were doing enough. I wanted something quick and effective that would, in essence, diminish the voices of critics, thrusting them out of the spotlight and into the margins where they belong. I wanted Autistics to gain our rights, and no longer be silenced or condescended to when we assert our pride. And yet the very notion of "Autism politics" seemed draining, and even at this point, I just want to live.

And yet I acknowledge that this is the very purpose of ND. I want to exist as I am, that much is true. And it is sad that we have to fight for such a basic right that most would take for granted. I had been deeply frustrated. I now recognize the virtue of patience, and I appreciate all of the efforts and achievements made. Change doesn't happen overnight. And yet Autistics are prevailing, even in spite of the massive hurdles and stumbling blocks along the way.

I was feeling dismayed when I added one of my comments years prior, and it doesn't represent the entire truth of how I feel regarding Neurodiversity. Neurodiversity activists are NOT idiots. I highly respect them and I subscribe to the philosophy as well as champion Autistic civil rights. As a matter of fact, I consider myself to be somewhat of an online activist as well and hope to become more deeply involved in activism, as I can't resign myself to the present circumstances, and yet I can't allow myself to be consumed by politics and the ideological battlefield that is the Internet.

And you are wrong, Mr. Winnipeg. Autism is natural variation. Vaccines have nothing to do with it. That's all just some old pseudoscience. Though none of what I am addressing concerns vaccinations one way or the other.

I can tell you all that I am truly happy being Autistic. I would imagine what I say has to count for something. The "Neurodiversity perspective" is not just some agenda that brainwashes us all. I had surely reached a similar conclusion about Autism long before I'd ever heard of ND. I have always been happy being this way, from childhood and onward.

And I can tell you, each and every one of you, that you don't understand what it's like. And perhaps that is an almost cliched thing to say, but that doesn't make it any less true. And yet, be that as it may, it is highly unlikely that you can be reasoned with, and frankly, I'm tired. I just want to exist. That is all. I want to exist as I am and I want other Autistics to exist happily as they are as well.

It horrifies me to imagine a future without Autism, without Autistic people. And I don't know what to do. I just know I have to do SOMETHING, anything to stop this. There is talk of eugenics, prenatal screenings, selective abortions, "cures." There are behavioral modifications and therapies, and attempts to change who we are. And I can't take it anymore. It breaks my heart. And I just want you to know that when I speak, I am on the side of truth. I have no ulterior motive. I am open about what I believe.

And I want you to know that I'm scared. The fear is paralyzing. It hurts. And yet I am compelled to speak. It can be overwhelming, and I don't know if what I'm saying is coming out as clearly as I'd like. And I want you to understand as well that writing this is more difficult for me than it may appear to be, because I know that I may very well be subject to a barrage of insults and criticism, which I don't exactly take very well. And some things push me over the edge. I'm defensive a lot, because I don't want to get hurt.

But I'll have you know, I'm getting stronger and stronger each day. And I believe that one day, I will prove everything to you, ALL of you, because I am determined. When I want something, I never give up. To all who oppose and resist my ideas, I want you to take me seriously as an opponent. I can't allow you or anyone else to patronize me.

Kingston, PA

#2 Oct 8, 2013
"Just wanting to live" doesn't mean not caring about activism, of course. I love activism, and it is part of my life. I align myself with a multitude of causes. Activism is of utmost importance, and there will always be something I will be fighting for, because there will always be something WORTH fighting for, because I support progression and civil rights. The spirit of activism alone makes me extremely and utterly enthused and excited.

Sherbrooke, Canada

#3 Oct 8, 2013
actvism for vaccines causing autism. let the truth be heard

Kingston, PA

#4 Oct 8, 2013
I love being Autistic and I also know that vaccines do not cause Autism.
Vaccines Cause Autism

Winnipeg, Canada

#7 Oct 20, 2013
There has always been neurodiversity, even among the average populations. It does not excuse vaccines causing neurological problems and does not mean its ok to ignore these crimes against babies.

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