Friday, August 1, 2008

A bit of Aspergian Pride

I've posted links on this site from time to time but I usually avoid long posts of just links.

I'm making an exception in this case for a few reasons;

1. Obviously I want to join the Aspergian pride site
2. A list of links like this is a good way to find out what other aspies are up to.

One of the most interesting lines on the aspergian pride site is a request that "others will respect and value our diversity, instead of calling for our extermination by way of prenatal testing and eugenic abortion".

For those who aren't familiar with the term, Eugenics was a genocidal theory proposed in the late 1800s which had a wide following amongst otherwise sensible scholars in the 1940s. It formed a large part of the basis for the Nazi atrocities of World War II. Eugenics has a particular relevance to autism because the elimination of autistic children by selective breeding is no different from the elimination of racial groups by the same method. It deserves a post all of its own, but for the moment, I'm a little too busy to comply. Later maybe.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the list.


Jacque said...

OMG what an amazing list. I run autism groups at a local university and my parents will be thrilled to get such a helpful and comprehensive list. Kudos to you. I also have an Aspie son...and I as a parent will be doing a lot of reading this weekend. thanks again

Maddy said...

Indeed, well done. Now if we could only get the list onto the sidebar......step by step instructions!

Gotta love that connectivity.

Best wishes

Christa Dahlstrom said...

Thank you for this amazing compendium - it's now bookmarked and I'll be referring to this many times, I'm sure.

As the mom of a 4 year-old with Hyperlexia, I'm so grateful for the neurodiversity movement and sites like you've linked to here. As my son grows and becomes more self-aware, he'll have lots of wonderful role models for expressing the positive aspects of being on the spectrum.


Adi said...

Thank you so much for this great list. And double thanks for including our blog on it :)

Gloriana Beausoleil said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

It's so hard to get this info together - you have done so many people a great service here.

I'll be working through this list for a while, and I hope I can find some solutions to the balancing act of raising a very bright, socially-limited seven year old son who has Asperger's.

Anybody know of programs that combine socialization and ABA therapy with rigorous academic courses?

Stephen said...

Thanks for linking to my Neurodiversity post on my blog: Gifted Gear Reviews!

I'm going to check out the other links and the rest of your blog too. I am always looking for entries from other kids like me... 12 years old, gifted, and on the spectrum.

Toward respect and acceptance,

Steve Imparl said...


This is quite an amazing list. I'm a new member of the Aspie community (just learned I am one not very long ago), so I am like a sponge: I am eager to absorb information.

Thanks very much for this list and for your blog as a whole.

TheSpecialKid said...

Ohh no, you didn't... !
You know that I have to read ALL of those link's now?! :P

Thank you many times, for your great blog, and great links...

Beastinblack said...

Personally I think eugenics should be used to create more aspies, I think the future of mankind depends on it, I really do. After all if it wasnt for austic traits we all still be sitting in a cave chatting about the weather.