I mentioned in my last post that Autism Speaks loves mouse-model studies. Another focus of its research is in trying to discover what causes the “restricted” interests that autistic people “suffer” from. Like this one: Behavioural and Neural Correlates of Reward Motivation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. That title alone is enough to give me hives.
Instead of this being something that’s pathologized, why isn’t it something that’s celebrated? These so-called “restricted” interests bring joy to the lives of autistic people. They can also leverage them to help with their studies and employment as well as with skills acquisition. I love reading autistic people talking about the things they find excellent and awesome:
Ibby Grace: Why Do So Many Autistic People Love Trains?
and The Obsessive Joy of Autism from Just Stimming
And I love reading about parents who find their autistic kids’ interests excellent and awesome, like logos.
You can read about the things my kids love here.
Image description: Decorative background with the following text – did you know? When Autistic people have special interests or passions, they are often labeled as obsessions. Passions fuel the Soul. Special interests which do not cause harm, should be encouraged. Not thwarted.
Light It Up True is a campaign running in April to counter the misinformation and outright lies spread by Autism Speaks. We will be sharing some truths about both autism and the largest so-called ‘autism charity’ in the United States.
This campaign is part of a larger one called Boycott Autism Speaks. Please go to boycottautismspeaks.com to find out more.