I just read an interesting post on a blog called harpocrates speaks in which the author criticizes some individuals from the age of autism blog who question the legitimacy of the autistic stakeholders who are public members of the IACC. This was in response to an individual claiming that autistic people who were dependent on the government for services had no right to refuse a cure should there be one. This position causes outrage among the neurodiverse autistics who state they would refuse a cure if one is ever found. This individual was responding to a comparison of wheelchair bound people asking for access rather than a cure. Left brain right brain blogger and IACC member Matt Carey, who is apparently against curing autism but feels the taxpayers should spend billions of dollars on special education for his offspring as well as other kids,also weighed in
Harpocrates does make a couple of valid points. There is no cure available and that a number of things the age of autism crowd touts as a cure or at least treatment are likely of questionable value if not outright quackery.
My question is, exactly what accommodations will neurodiversity extremist IACC members Noah Britton and Scott Robertson suggest that is anywhere near analogous to wheelchair access?
One reader, Liv's parents, suggested spending more taxpayer money on living arrangements so low functioning autistics won't bash their parents heads in. Apparently it's okay for the disabled person to bash a staff member's head on concrete but not their parents' heads.
In private emailings with Ari Ne'eman, he's suggested vocational training,though has no real proof it would enable the asd person to work in the same manner as wheelchair access would help someone with no or impaired legs get around. He also suggested eliminating social pleasantry as a hiring criteria in the workplace. This is certainly not realistic. ASAN has written on their website that the law requires employers to accommodate persons with autism. They neglect to mention that the law only requires reasonable accommodations (whatever that means). The law specifically states that anything that would provide a financial burden to the employer such as having to pay for a job coach out of their own pocket, a proofreader to check for errors, an aide to help control behavior, etc. is something employers don't legally have to provide. Contrary to what Ne'eman (and by extension likely IACC member Scott Robertson) believe,there is at least one legal precedent that refutes their position. in one court case, Jakubowsky vs. Christ Hospital, the sixth federal circuit court of appeals ruled that accepting an autistic persons' behavior was not a reasonable accommodation and the claimant lost. He attempted to appeal to the supreme court, but they refused to hear the case. So, it would appear there is no way autism could be feasibly accommodated for in the workplace in the same way that giving access to a wheelchair user could.
As far as I know, Ari Ne'eman during his brief tenure as an IACC public member, never suggested any accommodations. His legacy was of accusing an economist who did a study showing the expense of autism of being a eugenicist.
I realize that Noah Britton and Scott Robertson have been newly appointed to the IACC so in all fairness I should give them time to see if they can suggest any legitimate accommodations for ASDers. that is not an apples versus hurricane comparison to wheelchair users. There is no evidence that suggests to me that this will be the case--that either Britton or Robertson will have anything constructive to offer. Noah Britton apparently just wants to compare people who wish to cure their autistic children to the Ku Klux Klan as I've written earlier and that people who wish to cure autism, just want to selectively eliminate autism from the population. If there are any suggestions a member of the IACC or any other neurodiversity member has for accommodations as an alternative to an nonexistent cure, I'm interested in hearing them and they are welcome to comment in the comments section.