Note For Anyone Writing About Me

Guide to Writing About Me

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.

Citing My Posts

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Monday, September 24, 2012

My notecards from Talk About Curing Autism's site.

 Trigger Warning: Curing autism, autism being called hopeless/devastating

Have some more notecards!

"About TACA." Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2012.
  • According to their website, TACA is a national non-profit that aims to help families affected by autism, including by educating families and speeding up the time from diagnosis to treatment. They aim to improve the quality of life for people with autism. 
Ackerman, Lisa. "Our Story." Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. 
  •  TACA was founded by the parents of an autistic child approximately 11 years after their son's diagnosis because they felt that a support group for parents with struggles similar to theirs would be helpful. 
  • The common message is one of fear. The founders were told that "Autism has no hope, no cure," and institutionalization was recommended. It was in response to this message that they felt the need to form the support group.
"About Autism." Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). N.p., 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. 
  • Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) describes autism as a devastating neuological and biological disorder. It lists communication, social skills, behaviors, learning, and medical issues as the five main areas autism affects. 
  • TACA says "autism is a life-long disability for many affected individuals." As autism in the way the brain is wired and there is no cure, how are there any individuals for which it is not life-long? More likely, then, is that they consider autistic people who can pass to be no longer autistic, an opinion which ignores the extreme efforts required to pass.
  • TACA claims that the one in eighty-eight statistic currently put out by the CDC for the prevalence of Autistic Spectrum Disorders is only for autistic disorder and does not include Aspergers Syndrome, PDD-NOS, or other ASDs.
  • Language with negative connotations is commonly used to describe ASDs on the TACA website. Examples include calling autism "devastating" and stating that it "strikes" four times as many boys as girls.
  • TACA holds that medical research is urgently needed in order to find a cure for autism, and that recovery is possible.
 That's it for this installation of notecards.

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