John Elder Robison's comment about twisting words hit me in the gut. It's time to disagree with tact. Ah-heh-hem:
I only felt upset because I am what is considered a high functioning autistic person and I felt like Mr. Robinson was making generalisations about 'my kind' that did not at all match who we really are.
I agree with Vicky's comment, "Well, if I came off as mean-spirited, I sincerely apologise. I guess I'm just sick of the constant drumbeat of criticism surrounding self-advocates (not from everyone, but enough people) and what our motivations/goals may or may not be. "
I felt unfairly judged and lashed out. It's something I'm working on.
Let's try this again. *humbles self*
I believe that everyone needs to be given a voice and that everyone's choices need to be respected no matter how they are communicated. I grow nauseatingly weary of the NT/high functioning/whatever else community assuming that there is 'nothing going on in there' when someone is nonverbal, and therefore choosing not to offer alternative communication options of any form. I have a friend who blows kisses for to communicate 'yes' or 'I like that'. Not everybody wants to 'listen' to him. I kind of took it out on Mr. Robison. I stand by my views, but I won't bite anymore. No more Miss Mean Kitt. Sorry for being so... grrr.