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I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.

I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

介绍神经多样性

今天我要参加一届汉语演讲比赛,这是我要说的:

神经多样性是什么呢?就是认为神经异常不一定是问题,不应该治疗这样的神经异常。神经多样性是自闭的人提出的一个想法。很长时间,没有人相信这个想法,但是慢慢的有诵读困难,运用障碍,多动的人等开始相信这种说法。我认为神经多样性的重要性是从几方面来的:
一)现在,我们不知道自闭的人为什么是自闭的。如果我们根本不知道神经障碍是怎么来的,怎么会治疗呢?治疗神经障碍是现在不能做的,可能是勉为其难。因为现在不会治疗神经障碍,最好尊重有神经障碍的人,认为他们是一个社会中的一类,没什么特别的人。
二)有好多个自闭的人,诵读困难者等认为他们的神经障碍真的是他们个性的一部分。尊重他们包括尊重这个看法!治疗有这样看法的人是害了他们。
三)无论你认为这样的不同是好的或者坏的,对人说:“因为你有神经障碍,所以你不能做什么”对这些人不好,也对社会不好。自闭的人会快乐,不一定认为他们自己的生活是可怜的。告诉他们:“你的生活肯定不好”不会对他们好。让他们什么好的都不做不会对他们好,也不会对社会好。让他们做会做的,尊重他们的想法又对他们好又帮助社会。
如果你要开始帮助有这些障碍的人,相信神经多样性是一个好办法。

翻译到英文:
Today,  I am participating in a Chinese speech contest. This is what I plan to say:

What is neurodiversity? It's the idea that neurological differences are not inherently bad, that we don't need to cure them. The neurodiversity movement started with autistics, and it has slowly grown to include dyslexics, dyspraxics, people with ADHD, and other neurological differences. (Sometimes even family members, though I didn't say so in the speech) I think neurodiversity is important for several reasons:
  1. Right now, we don't even really know why autistic people are autistic. If we don't know where neurological differences come from, how would we cure them anyways? Right now, we can't, and it may just be impossible. We still need to respect the people who have them, and we should still consider them a part of society, not some completely separate and different group.
  2. There's plenty of autistics, dyslexics, etc who think their neurological differences are a fundamental part of who they are. Respecting them includes respecting that opinion, and curing them would be hurting them.
  3. Regardless of what you think of neurological differences, saying "Because you have a neurological difference, you can't do anything" to someone is bad for the person and bad for society. Autistic people can be happy- they don't have to think their own lives are tragedies. Saying to them: "Your life must be horrible," will not help them. Keeping them from doing anything good will not help them, nor will it help society. Letting them do what they can and respecting their opinions helps both them and society.
If you want to help people with neurological differences, neurodiversity is a good way to start.

And if anyone wants the PinYin (phonetics in our alphabet) of the speech, here it is:

Shénjīng duōyàng xìng shì shénme ne? Jiùshì rènwéi shénjīng yìcháng bù yīdìng shì wèntí, bù yìng gāi zhìliáo zhèyàng de shénjīng yìcháng. Shénjīng duōyàng xìng shì zì bì de rén tíchū de yīgè xiǎngfǎ. Hěn cháng shíjiān, méiyǒu rén xiāngxìn zhège xiǎngfǎ, dànshì màn man de yǒu sòngdú kùnnán, yùnyòng zhàng'ài, duō dòng de rén děng kāishǐ xiāngxìn zhè zhǒng shuōfǎ. Wǒ rènwéi shénjīng duōyàng xìng de zhòngyào xìng shì cóng jǐ fāngmiàn lái de:
Yī) xiànzài, wǒmen bù zhīdào zì bì de rén wéi shén me shì zì bì de. Rúguǒ wǒmen gēnběn bù zhīdào shénjīng zhàng'ài shì zěnme lái de, zěnme huì zhìliáo ne? Zhìliáo shénjīng zhàng'ài shì xiànzài bùnéng zuò de, kěnéng shì miǎnwéiqínán. Yīnwèi xiànzài bù huì zhìliáo shénjīng zhàng'ài, zuì hǎo zūnzhòng yǒu shénjīng zhàng'ài de rén, rènwéi tāmen shì yīgè shèhuì zhōng de yī lèi, méishénme tèbié de rén.
Èr) yǒu hǎoduō gè zì bì de rén, sòngdú kùn nàn zhě děng rènwéi tāmen de shénjīng zhàng'ài zhēn de shì tāmen gèxìng de yībùfèn. Zūnzhòng tāmen bāokuò zūnzhòng zhège kànfǎ! Zhìliáo yǒu zhèyàng kànfǎ de rén shì hàile tāmen.
Sān) wúlùn nǐ rènwéi zhèyàng de bùtóng shì hǎo de huòzhě huài de, duì rén shuō:“Yīnwèi nǐ yǒu shénjīng zhàng'ài, suǒyǐ nǐ bùnéng zuò shénme” duì zhèxiē rén bù hǎo, yě duì shèhuì bù hǎo. Zì bì de rén huì kuàilè, bù yīdìng rènwéi tāmen zìjǐ de shēnghuó shì kělián de. Gàosu tāmen:“Nǐ de shēnghuó kěndìng bù hǎo” bù huì duì tāmen hǎo. Ràng tāmen shénme hǎo de dōu bù zuò bù huì duì tāmen hǎo, yě bù huì duì shèhuì hǎo. Ràng tāmen zuò huì zuò de, zūnzhòng tāmen de xiǎngfǎ yòu duì tāmen hǎo yòu bāngzhù shèhuì.
Rúguǒ nǐ yào kāishǐ bāngzhù yǒu zhèxiē zhàng'ài de rén, xiāngxìn shénjīng duōyàng xìng shì yīgè hǎo bànfǎ.

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