Autism Advocacy – Like Oil & Water?

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The autism community can be just as complicated to self-advocates as everyday social life.


Our Autism Community – Introducing Nathan Young

Autism became recognized as an autism spectrum officially a few years ago. However I had heard the phrase around twenty years ago. Summed up the autism spectrum is similar developmental onset behaviors which involve delays and differences in communication, cognitive-adaptive ways of being and attention found developmentally with no known cause. Personally I can say that the social world of autism advocacy is quite diverse and can be complicated-at most equally to anything else social.

I’ve never much been outspoken on controversial matters like autism causes, cures and or defect vs. diversity of ways of being as to me the depth of the meanings of these words and phrases are immense in there applications causally. They are immense because of the construction of society, culture and the needs of inter-personal well being within these complexities. Issues to me seem to conflict ethically from time to time and it seems often enough interests are much like an attempt to mix oil and water, creating conflict because the social substances do not bind agreeably emotionally between people like in chemistry on the molecular level. Diversity from social to purely organic is a beautiful complexity of a fascinating construction of matters and in duality of manifest minds.

Instead of becoming intensely involved in debate I’ve watched from a distance for many years theorizing based upon my own independent studies. I never graduated from school and achieved the 5th grade before being systematically past in grades while being several years behind in grade level. The such environments were to say the least disturbing cognitively due to changes, sensory input and styles of teaching. How can a person learn without fundamental needs being accommodated including how to self-advocate conceptually, especially if a person cannot yet understand what they need. Nowadays I am told things are a bit different yet some autism clinical theories and practices amount the such difficulties as simply matters requiring remedies of behavioral motivation and relating such treatments as if a reward will solve neuro-cognitive matters, simply.

I was told they did not have money to accommodate and I was already grades behind, but smart in my own way.  I learn on my own hyper-focusing; reading college literature from philosophy, psychology, sociology and more finding newer ways to perceive. I have experimented and succeeded in advocacy with the help of social service supports and have self-entertained focuses fostering what I refer to as social experiments achieving featured media awareness, broadcasting support and fair amount of advocacy awareness within the online autism community.

There are two things I have concluded based upon my experiences. Firstly, there are organic neurological and cognitive differences that fundamentally make it very difficult for the everyday person to understand and relate where applicable to some or more with autism. And secondly, often it seems issues that evolve quality of life and inclusion can be like oil and water, they seem not to mix socially in advocacy and become matters of conflict. All of the prior are originally part of natural emotions and from a spectrum of minds such as parents, self-advocates, politicians, government and groups which may be best seen to have originally cared to have bothered advocating to begin with. It is my conclusion that in order to protect the interests of individuals well beings that the real life truth of matters to preserve potential outcomes need to be better understood and respected. It should be accepted that human dignity is as equally important as the urgency of essential quality of life concerns. That forgiveness is not a weakness and what people need and want are equally valuable matters of concerns.

Resolving conflicting interest may require that the matters and conflicts be studied and spoken about openly. I believe as autism has become such a great interest within the realms of mainstream politics and economically with some major interests it is those directly of context such as families and self-advocates which are required the authenticity of formal leadership and not others for us all of the time. Though passions can seem to alienate or indirectly conflict at times to be in the best interest of issues concerning autism; patience, understanding and especially the complexities of human dignity as well as humility ought to be implored and to find mutual understandings. By working together outcomes are greatly improved and the diversity of choices and subsequent rights are empowered.

In my studies much complexity and conflict originates under these seemingly conflicting interests and awareness priorities:

-Negativity vs. Positivity.

-Inclusion & employment vs. treatment, care and research needs.

– Interpersonal dignity vs. diversity of needs relating to rights to welfare and accommodations.

– Advocacy focusing on children vs. the rights of adults who were once children.

– Hierarchical establishment awareness vs. overly generalized assumptions & the actual individualized truths of developmental, neurological and cognitive human diversity within the autism spectrum.

It is my dedicated advocacy as an adult on the autism spectrum to promote advocacy of unity within our autism community to get along, understand one another, respect one another and to work together to empower quality of life as well as dignity. That sometimes it may be the case political interests are involved which do not have our best interest in mind and that critical thinking may best remove the power of those 3rd party alienable interest. I have seen it myself, special interest attempts to capitalize on conflict and alienate rights. To discuss within our community and by means of public education of issues by unraveling potential complexities to achieve mutual understanding is what I think is best. And to promote that autism community member alienation, mutual or otherwise, is not a solution. Forgiveness is not a weakness and making mistakes despite being empowered by one’s passion is just human and acceptable. We all learn and evolve and this is natural and not inferior.

Advocacy reflects for many very serious concerns from basic survival to being treated equal in order to achieve survival and prosperity. Each plight is equally valid. Autism acceptance has improved the co-existence of these plights but has not yet achieved the empowerment of unity.

I’d like to know what you are passionate about in advocacy. What concerns you about the future. Do you disagree with some forms of advocacy? Write in the contact section below.

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