Friday, November 14, 2008


The autistic self-advocacy (neurodiversity) movement has, in my view, many issues of shared concern, particularly a rejection of the narrative of “being cured,” with other movements. Autistic self-advocates reject the pro-cure agenda of Autism Speaks, Defeat Autism Now, and other organizations; the intersex rights movement resists attempts to force the dualistic model of sex on their bodies; the LGBT rights movement, gays and lesbians in particular, have, along with mainstream psychiatry, dismissed the view that homosexuality is a disorder to be cured; and the deaf rights movements opposes the idea that cochlear implants and lip reading are superior to signing.

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