Well that well known neurodiversity activist amanda Baggs is at it again.
You can check out her latest blog entry: http://ballastexistenz.autistics.org/?p=542
In this blog entry Amanda is criticizing autism speaks because they seem to want to protect their copyright infringement rights from those in the neurodiversity community who want to parody them. Somehow Amanda and others find this objectionable and claim that this is because Autism speaks wants to stifle points of view of autism self-advocates who disagree with them.
One thing I read that interested me was that Larry Arnold had acquired a domain name with autism speaks in it. Larry, another well known neurodiversity who I understand takes umbrage of controls in autism studies who don't have autism being described as healthy. He seems to think someone with autism is not unhealthy. Why this is so baffles me. He also claims that this site will be used for self-advocacy and not NT bashing. Sometimes, though I wonder what the difference is. From what I have seen of the neurodiversity movement it seems the vast majority of their activities is being abusive to parents who wish a cure for autistics and disagree with them, so I am not sure what the difference between the two is.
More Germane and to the point is that Amanda may not be aware of the fact that autism speaks has a message board www.autismspeaks.org On this message board, they have a very loose comment moderation policy and only restrict people from using profane language. NT parents are constantly bashed in this forum as is autismspeaks itself. They don't seem to mind this. Constantly neurodiversity advocates protest a non-existent cure that autismspeaks wishes to find. The people who moderate the autism speaks message board don't seem to mind these activities by neurodiversity advocates at all. I think Amanda, who David Seidel has said in one of the posts does not read this message board, should be made aware of this. I have sent Amanda an email explaining this. She might find out about this blog entry also. One person who answered her comments is this young man (about 21 I think) named beau who has autism and is a neurodiversity advocate who constantly writes anti-cure rhetoric and other negative things on this board, yet posts on Amanda's comments that Autism speaks stifles opinions from autistics who don't agree with them. Seems very strange that he would say something like this since i dont think any of beau's posts have been censored on the autismspeaks board.
Amanda on the other hand, has been very active in ANI, a neurodiversity organization which promoted internet censorship and would not allow people to make any comment that disagreed with them on their internet mailing list. I seem to remember autistics.org had some sort of similar thing and Amanda said it was not censorship and defined censorship as something else. I also saw that autism hub organizer Steve Dionne was apparently deeply offended that someone would link to my essay, neurodiversity just say no to their signature line in the autism speaks newsgroups and urged them to take it out of their signature line. Also several years ago when I was reading and posting on the usenet newsgroup alt.support.autism, one person wrote that this was "autistic friendly space" and the autistics on the board took offense to anyone saying autism was an affliction that needed to be cured. I realize Amanda may not know about the people allowed to voice their anti-autismspeaks opinions on the autismspeaks.org message board as she may not read it herself as Dave Seidel pointed out. . I wonder what Amanda would think of this.
It seems to me that at least one neurodiversity proponent is throwing stones in a house made of fragile glass.