Autism and Discrimination—the Ongoing Problem

There is a great article on LinkedIn on neurodiversity and education titled The World Needs All Kinds of Minds. I have had a lot of experience with social opposition to different kinds of minds in my employment history. Whether it has been private companies or in my attempt to become a public school special education teacher, I have found almost universal animosity to my having Asperger’s.

People on the autism spectrum face difficulties at school, difficulties at work or even finding work (the unemployment rate among those with Asperger’s is around 20%, and it’s 80% among those with autism), and difficulties in most social interactions. Many of these difficulties aren’t really difficulties on our part, though, but rather an unwillingness by neurotypicals to adjust to the way we learn, the way be behave, and our work habits. I would even go so far as to argue that discrimination against autistic people is the last acceptable form of discrimination. And in many ways it’s only getting increasingly institutionalized in our universities especially.

Of course, more and more people are starting to realize this, as the first linked article shows. That’s why I think autism rights will be the next civil rights movement. The world will benefit greatly from a wider recognition of our positive contributions.

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2 thoughts on “Autism and Discrimination—the Ongoing Problem

  1. I’ve been theorizing for many years that autism is the next evolution of mankind. If you look at all of the exceedingly positive traits of autism – typically, high intelligence, fantastic memory and creativity – you could argue that these will become dominant in society and replace us neurotypicals anyway!

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    1. At the very least, there seems to be an optimal expression of autism that has historically been central to scientific and technological innovation, and likely a great deal of artistic innovation as well. We’ll get around to many of the positive traits of autism before long!

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