Here's the Cliff Notes version of Katie's perfectly pitched post: The "#actuallyautistic nothing about us without us" army is rabidly against our profoundly affected children. And institutions cower and collapse rather than FIGHT for our kids.
We need to add the letter "A" to LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ and make sure our children's genitals are mentioned frequently to be on the cancel culture good list. Maybe I'll dye my girls hair rainbow so that the likes of Kristin will notice them. Violently ableist.... Spend a day with one of our strapping adult males during an autistic episode and then talk to us about violence, Kristin. The Ivory tower is actually made of cotton - and plugged into their deaf ears.
By Katie Wright:
So many people hate the politically correct elitism of places like Harvard. But Harvard makes it so easy!!
A few weeks ago, the Sadhguru Center, a TEACHING hospital associated with Harvard offered panel called, “Autism Awareness: Thinking Outside the Box.” It could not sound more innocuous.
The panel described itself as a multidisciplinary discussion to explore autism beyond conventions. Sounds good to me. As a parent of a young man with severe autism, I have spent too much time educating doctors on the basics of autism. Apparently, they learn next to nothing about autism in medical school. Approximately 5% of American boys diagnosed with autism and almost half have chronic health problems.
However, Harvard sophomore Kristin B. King went ballistic about the autism panel . This young woman claims to have autism. I know, I know......Lately, any smart, lonely, quirky, nonconformist labels themselves “autistic.” Almost none actually meet the DSM definition of autism. It is a disabling condition and makes communication and social interaction especially challenging. Not so for King! She rails against the conference, creates petitions to stop it, bullies Harvard administration.....I know, it’s absurd.
King declares, “One of the panel’s goals is to treat autism. That is not only violently ableist but scientifically incorrect!” Oh my God, King’s histrionics make me wince with embarrassment for her. This is a bright young woman throwing a temper tantrum and demanding discussion she does not understand be cancelled.
What’s worse is that the teaching hospital caved to King’s bullying nonsense and cancelled an educational autism event that dozens of doctors should have attended. What cowards! Then they basically apologized! “We are pausing, deeply reflecting and learning before we consciously take next steps, “ said a Sadhguru Center representative.
Why capitulate to a historic 21 year old with, clearly, no real expertise with autism. My son cannot read, write, speak or care for himself in any way. He needs and continues to need treatment in the form of speech and occupational therapy. Like nearly half of ASD people, he also needs regular medical help for his epilepsy and IBD. This treatment is not “violently ableist,” it is essential to his well-being.
But no, the only “autism” that matters is Ms. King’s. I would suggest that if she doesn’t like the panel a) don’t go or b) create your own panel. This is the commonsense advice Harvard was afraid to give King.
King’s partner is censorship and victimization is another young woman, Nina Jensen. Jensen is also “autistic” and a Harvard student. I know, I know...! Jensen said, “Its really sad to see Harvard is not taking responsibility for this.... we need a better policy for how to avoid putting something like this in the weekly newsletter.” Jensen appears to wants communist style struggle sessions. She demands accountability for the fact that ideas different from her own appeared in the Harvard newsletter.
What is wrong with these cruel and self-righteous young women?? How, in 2022 can you fail to be aware that autism (as lived by people dx with the condition) is a serious disability for many or most. My son is typical of 25% of the spectrum. He is nonverbal, struggles with self-injurious behavior, has np awareness of danger and must be supervised 24/7.
But King and Jensen do not want anyone to learn about how to better help autistic children like my son, because “talking about
treating autism is a toxic narrative. There isn’t anything wrong with being autistic.” Guess what ladies, that’s YOU, not everyone with autism. Allow other experiences of autism to be heard.
The duo take special aim at proposed panelist, Marcia Hinds, a Mom of a child who regressed into autism. I know too much about this. The pain one feels watching your typically developing toddler lose all their language and skills, brought me to my knees. The ability of your child to have a free and ordinary independent life disappears before your eyes.
But no matter what, King designates herself as the victim and was determined to censor what she has not experienced. “I’m hoping this even came from a place of ignorance (the irony!!!) rather than malicious intent!” Malicious intent ? To educate doctors about autism? King met with representative from Sadhguru and demanded, “education, reparations and a public apology.” Reparations??? For proposing a discussion?
It is shameful that privileged, arrogant, selfish, misguided young women were able to bully Harvard and a teaching hospital into submission. Through this act medical professionals were denied the opportunity to learn about autism, a very disabling disorder.