I see that David Ellams, a computer programmer and app developer allegedly somewhere on the autism spectrum, is trivializing my disability and those of others by proclaiming that autism spectrum disorders are not only not a disability but a gift and a "super ability".
My ASD, and I suspect that of most others, it not a gift but a horrific disability. It causes immense pain and suffering. He seems to believe that it's a given that all autistics are super gifted with computers. Any one of us could become a Kevin Mitnick or some other kind of super coder or hacker. Most autistics (including myself who took coursework in computer programming, but was unable to enter the profession) will never be computer experts, no matter how much spin this individual wants to put on it.
This was apparently in response to a petition protesting some offensive song lyrics. How signing this petition, as Mr. Ellams alleges, will show the world that autistic people have 'super abilities' is beyond my comprehension and defies all tenets of common sense and logic, even for a neurodiversity proponent.
Mr. Ellams also uses what Harold Doherty terms as "the royal we" that some other neurodiversity proponents are fond of using:
We are not ill and there is no cure since we do not need curing, we need to
re-educate the world on what Autism really is…
If this crap weren't enough Ellams makes even more irrational statements:
They are each mini Geniuses in their field and with the help of our sister
company NextGen Software Ltd we can help empower and inspire them to be anything
they want t be, if it is to do with programming and Computers then the FREE
NextGen Developer Training programme is for them. Since we know much like
myself, we are often very gifted when it comes to computers, in fact we find
them incredibly easy,
It would appear that Mr. Ellams has tremendous conflicts of interest as he owns both a yoga for autism company and the next gen software, ltd, where he apparently makes money for the empty promise that an autistic super genius can become a computer programmer or anything else they want.
I wonder if anyone would care to start a petition against Mr. Ellams' s statements and his yoga and software businesses.