The Use Of The Word
The word itself doesn’t make sense – being used to describe “others” (people who aren’t on the spectrum) society is a mixture of different sorts of people and rather than lumping people into one “group” (neurotypical society, neurotypicals, NTS) wouldn’t it be best to say people who don’t have autism? People who aren’t on spectrum?
It has also been used as word to “attack” people by some people on the autism spectrum who don’t have autism which surely is reverse prejudice?
Two wrongs certainly don’t make a right in this case.
People Who Aren’t On The Spectrum – Aren’t All The Same (Because No One Is)
You can’t define other (in this context people who aren’t on the autism spectrum) by a set of standards that you have created based on assumption that they must all be like that, that is stereotyping, generalising and over-simplifying. If you treat the set of people by the same standards you expect them to treat you in this case that doesn’t apply because of the contradiction.
If it was reversed and all people on the spectrum were thought to be the same and that was projected people I’m sure people from many different quarters would have something to say – the same applies here. Humans are unique and worthy regardless of having a disability or not. Everyone is equal.
Two people spring to mind who also question many aspects of the autism word – I have written many blogs about sense of togetherness and all views being taken into account in balanced and objective manner.
Dr Manuel Casanova has written many thought provoking and reflective blogs on this subject about representation. I consider Dr Casanova a realist with very firm and empathic with genuine heartfelt intentions and questions with regards to this subject.
Donna Williams has also written highly reflective blogs with regards to the this subject. She has too shares the same qualities with a firm realistic approach, empathic genuine and heartfelt in her words and intentions. I consider their sage advice forward thinking in the context of the autism “world”.
People Are People
I like people on the basis of being people it doesn’t matter who they are or were they come from I like them for their personalities not because of anything other – human beings are all unique and that means we are all equal in the world.
Paul Isaacs 2015