Oh Dear, What a Dilemma

Welcome back! This week, we will tackle a problem concerning labels (and no, it's not that they exist), but rather two certain types of labels. One fellow blogger has called it the “Autistic Dilemma”, though it affects both people diagnosed with either Autism or Aspergers. What is the “Autistic Dilemma”? Put simply, society either declares you to be A) too Autsitic/Aspie, or B) not Autistic or Aspie enough. But wait, there's more! (there’s always more. No one ever says “but wait, there’s less!”).

 

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Un”less” it’s one of those commercials that tries to shoehorn the saying “less is more” and trying to turn it into some kind of lame joke. (sigh), commercialists, don’t quit your day jobs.

 

Now according to Autistictic, the negative effects of the dilemma are thus: people can be “more” or “less” Autistic/Aspie, much the same way as telemarketers can be “more” or “less” annoying, and I know what I’m talking about: I’m the son of an insurance salesman. Being either/or means that society can justify itself treating you differently compared to someone else, who is also Autistic/Aspie. And last but not least (you'll love this one), society has more of a right to “designate how impaired the person is rather than the people themselves” (Autsitictic, THE AUTISTIC DILEMMA-FUNCTIONING).

 

What does this mean? Will, from what I understand, it’s a tactic used by our detractors to try and silence us in the discussions about Autism/Aspergers, to ignore whatever we have to say on the subject. As will, I believe that it is an attempt to cause a rift within the Autistic/Asperger’s community, an imaginary conflict over who is “better”, people who are “more” or “less” on the spectrum. In either case, by taking a look at the dilemma, we can begin to see not only how wrong and disenfranchising it is within the Autistic/Asperger discourse, but also come up with replies to individuals who might attempt to use such a tactic. But first, let us understand some of the aspects about the dilemma.

 

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Knowing if only half the battle. And after all, research is fun right!? Right?

 

First off, according to the dilemma, if you are “not Autistic/Aspie “enough, you are: supposed to be silenced in discussions around A/A (Autism/Asperger) spectrum because you can’t understand what “real” Autism/Asperger’s is like. You're not diagnosed because you don’t seem A/A enough (not sure if this diagnosis is, in this context, coming from the internet troll or a psychiatrist or such). Denied support because you are able to do some stuff that, stereotypically, people with A/A are not supposed to be able to do (this is also the reason, according to the article, that you could be denied adequate healthcare). Or finally: be talked over in online (or, assuming, live) discussions by someone who is “voicing their own opinion” (Autistictic, THE AUTISTIC DILEMMA-FUNCTIONING).

 

However, if you are “too” A/A, than: you are to be silenced because you supposedly don’t have the capacity to understand the topic of discussion, or to communicate what you want. Automatically assumed incompetent  because you can’t speak or perform some daily tasks without assistance. Denied the opportunity to partake in, or perform an, activity because you are supposedly unable to do it. Denied adequate healthcare because, will it’s just your A/A showing. And finally: you need someone to speak for you, without even considering your own views about the topic being discussed.


 

Well, that does it for this week's post. Next week, we will continue to discover more and more about this dilemma of ours, and how we can solve it (much like solving a 1000-piece puzzle: all the frustration and consternation, twice the fun!). Until next time, this continues to be, the Audacious Aspie.

 

Source used:

autistictic.com/2018/10/27/functioning-the-autistic-dilemma/


Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop

Thank you for registering for the Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop. All tickets have been sold.

DESCRIPTION

As part of the Community Consultation Team (CCT) continuing education series for those who provide services to Milwaukee County residents with developmental disabilities, the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division is offering a workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Information covered is applicable to direct service providers, case managers, administrative and health care staff, and others serving this population.This workshop is presented by Community Consultation Team clinicians and is designed to help participants expand their knowledge and understanding of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

A brief history of Autism will be provided followed by a more detailed description of social, behavioral, and sensory processing characteristics and issues. How these characteristics impact the functioning of a person with Autism will be considered as will causal factors in this condition.Interventions to address challenging behavior, build adaptive skills, and support the individual in the community will be discussed as well.Workshop information will be presented through mini-lectures, large group discussions and activities, and PowerPoint and video material.Participants will receive a detailed program handout and upon completion of the training will receive a certificate of attendance.

 

After completion of this workshop, participants will:

Ø Have a better understanding of the essential features of Autism

Ø Be more familiar with how Autism Spectrum Disorder is diagnosed

Ø Have a greater appreciation for how persons with Autism perceive the world around them

Ø Have a better understanding of why individuals with Autism exhibit certain behaviors

Ø Have more ideas of how to address behavioral and sensory processing issues

 

 

Pre-registration is required as enrollment is limited. This workshop will be offered other times during the year.

 

Please arrive early to avoid traffic and parking issues and so that we may start the workshop on time. Sign in begins at 8:30 and the workshop begins at 9 am. Feel free to bring your lunch as the workshop spans the lunch hour.

 

LOCATION

Milwaukee County Mental Health

9455 West Watertown Plank Road

Room 1038

Milwaukee, WI 53226

United States


Autism Ontario - Woodstock - All Accessibilities Soccer Club

Woodstock 

All Accessibilities Soccer Program

Every Saturday

January 12, 2019 - March 30, 2019

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 (Indoor Pitch) Cowan Park

895 Ridgewood Drive, ‎Woodstock, ON

 

We believe that everyone can learn how to kick a ball and everyone can learn how to play soccer.

 

Happiness and having fun is key at our program sessions. Learning while you are laughing, running, and making friends is what this program is all about, with other benefits including:

Come out to our Soccer sessions, join the fun and let's play some soccer. Have fun in a judgement free and accepting environment. Each week the participants will enjoy fun and exciting soccer activities. Volunteers will help all participants to be successful while having fun learning the game of soccer.

 

‎It’s a blast for beginners and experts alike. And if you are an expert we would love to have you volunteer no matter your age.

Please wear shin pads. Soccer shoes are good if you have them or running shoes are ok too.

This program welcomes participants with autism, handicaps, physical and/or mental health disabilities, Special Olympic Athletes, along with other special needs participants.

 

Please note that this event is organized and facilitated by a community organization outside of Autism Ontario and Autism Ontario is not responsible for the program content

For more information please contact 

WSC Office

519-421-0030

Program Coordinator:

Timothy Jansen 519-84‎1-1555

Email woodstock_soccer_club@yahoo.com

 

 

Notes:

Spaces are limited.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Supervision of children/youth at this Social Learning Opportunity is the sole responsibility of parents/guardians and caregivers; childcare will not be provided.  Caregivers must remain present.

 

Due to allergies and sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, aftershave, or scented products such as hairspray or lotion.

 

It is recommended that participants consult their physician prior to the start of any physical activity.  By registering for or participating in an Autism Ontario program or event, participants agree that they are and will be voluntarily participating in these activities and assume all risks of injury or death, which might result from these activities.


Autism Ontario - Woodstock - All Accessibilities Soccer Club

Woodstock 

All Accessibilities Soccer Program

Every Saturday

January 12, 2019 - March 30, 2019

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 (Indoor Pitch) Cowan Park

895 Ridgewood Drive, ‎Woodstock, ON

 

We believe that everyone can learn how to kick a ball and everyone can learn how to play soccer.

 

Happiness and having fun is key at our program sessions. Learning while you are laughing, running, and making friends is what this program is all about, with other benefits including:

Come out to our Soccer sessions, join the fun and let's play some soccer. Have fun in a judgement free and accepting environment. Each week the participants will enjoy fun and exciting soccer activities. Volunteers will help all participants to be successful while having fun learning the game of soccer.

 

‎It’s a blast for beginners and experts alike. And if you are an expert we would love to have you volunteer no matter your age.

Please wear shin pads. Soccer shoes are good if you have them or running shoes are ok too.

This program welcomes participants with autism, handicaps, physical and/or mental health disabilities, Special Olympic Athletes, along with other special needs participants.

 

Please note that this event is organized and facilitated by a community organization outside of Autism Ontario and Autism Ontario is not responsible for the program content

For more information please contact 

WSC Office

519-421-0030

Program Coordinator:

Timothy Jansen 519-84‎1-1555

Email woodstock_soccer_club@yahoo.com

 

 

Notes:

Spaces are limited.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Supervision of children/youth at this Social Learning Opportunity is the sole responsibility of parents/guardians and caregivers; childcare will not be provided.  Caregivers must remain present.

 

Due to allergies and sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, aftershave, or scented products such as hairspray or lotion.

 

It is recommended that participants consult their physician prior to the start of any physical activity.  By registering for or participating in an Autism Ontario program or event, participants agree that they are and will be voluntarily participating in these activities and assume all risks of injury or death, which might result from these activities.