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Can we please stop with the “autism isn’t REALLY a disability so autistic people should be accepted and included in society”? Like, a) autism is a disability in our current society regardless of whether we’re using the social or the medical model of disability and b) we don’t have to separate ourselves from disabled people to be deserving of accept and inclusion.

  • officer: you kids have a good day.
  • yusuke: thank you, sir. we were worried you’d search us and discover Akira’s dubious pain medications and realistic model gun collection.
  • officer: uh, what was that?
  • akira: nothing, sir. just telling dumb jokes. we don’t want to waste time in your, um, busy day of serving the public.
  • yusuke: but don’t you always say the police are nothing but a bunch of insecure high school drop outs that want to use total strangers and a loaded gun to live out their power fantasies because the only thing they were ever any good at was being under qualified at everything except for murdering innocent minorities?
  • akira, sweating: uh, no?
What we mean when we talk about autism acceptance

There are two fundamental ways of viewing disability in relation to society: the social model of disability and the medical model of disability. Supporters of the medical model of disability says “autistic people don’t fit into our society, so we must fix autistic people” while supporters of the social model of disability says “autistic people don’t fit into our society, so we must fix society.” People who advocate for autism acceptance support the social model of disability.

The two models of disability comes down to one basic question - do we need to change individual people so that they can fit into our current society, or do we need to change society so that it becomes inclusive of and available to the many neurodivergent and disabled people who are currently left on the sidelines? It’s not enough to be aware of autism if you still see autistic people as mistakes to be fixed, which is why we support autism acceptance instead of autism awareness. Most people in the western world are aware that autism exists - but what does it matter that we’re aware of the existence of autism if we don’t use that awareness to accept and include autistic people for who they are?

We object to the idea that autistic brains are “wrong” and “bad”. We object to the idea that having an autistic brain is inherently negative. We object to the idea that autistic brains should be fixed. We support neurodiversity - the idea that autism and other developmental disorders and neurodivergences aren’t mistakes, but that they are natural variations of human neurology which should be embraced and accepted and acknowledged for their unique contributions. Neurodiversity is the belief that neurodivergent brains don’t need to be fixed or corrected, but that they’re a natural and important part of human diversity.

We object to the idea that autism should be cured. Instead of focusing on fixing and curing individual autistic people, we should dedicate our money and our activism and our energy to changing society so that autistic people can get the support and accommodations they need to live happy, fulfilling lives as autistic people.

This April - April is autism awareness month - you should take a stand against the medical model of disability and its fear-mongering cure rhetoric. Take a stand against Autism Speaks and their “awareness” and their use of words such as “broken”, “dangerous”, “epidemic”, “tragic” and “missing.” Listen to autistic people instead of listening to the words of organizations whose goal is that we shouldn’t exist, that we shouldn’t be a part of the future. Listen to autistic people instead. We don’t want to be fixed. We don’t want to be cured. We want to be a part of the future. We want to be accommodated and accepted for who we are instead of being eradicated and changed. This April, spread the word of autism acceptance, neurodiversity and the social model of disability. This April, stand with autistic people. We need your support.

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Victor stops the car, turns off the engine, and Yuri rolls out the car with the attitude of every slightly inconvenienced teenager. Yuri flips his shades up, stares in disbelief at the sign in front of the well-manicured lawn squished between two old barber shops: DETROIT DENTAL AND ORTHODONTICS.

“You’ve got to be fucking kidding me,” he says.

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The “bioprosthetic” (3-D Ovary) was conceived with female cancer survivors in mind, who often lose their ovarian function due to intensive chemotherapy treatments, which can cause absence of puberty, early menopause and infertility.
If further studies show the technology works in humans, it could also offer options for women who have a condition called primary ovarian insufficiency, where ovarian function diminishes before the age of 40.
Current options to restore fertility and hormone function in cancer survivors include in-vitro fertilization and ovarian transplants. But these options are limited and often do not provide long-term solutions.
Researchers aimed to develop a whole organ replacement as a potential long-term solution to restore normal hormonal function and fertility. The answer: a 3-D printed bioprosthetic ovary, engineered from a combination of biomaterials and ovarian cells. One huge advantage to pursuing this strategy is that organs can be grown using cells from the same patient, bypassing any risk of rejection via the body’s immune system once transplanted.


Why is no one talking about the death of Raudha Athif?!??!!!!? And all the suspicious circumstances surrounding her “suicide”??!

“Maldivian medical student and model Raudha Athif is believed to have committed suicide by hanging herself.

Prof Mansur Rahman of Barind Medical College, chief of the three-member medical board that performed an autopsy on her body on Friday, said they did not find any strangulation marks on her neck. There were no injury marks on her body either.

“All members of the board are of the view that it is a clear case of suicide,” he said.

But many people are spectacle, believing her death was a murder, including her own family.

“We’ve seen her body, her tightly-held fists, wide strangulation marks on the neck and multiple bruises as if somebody strangled her. We are not ready to believe it was a suicide,” said Raudha’s mother Aminath Muharrimath. Raudha’s brother, Rayyan Atif, has stated that they “are considering seeking a second autopsy by an independent authority”.

On the night of her death, students of the dormitory saw Raudha going out of the hostel around 11:00pm. She went to see a doctor at the college’s hospital as she was vomiting and felt sick. One girl from the hostel accompanied her to the hospital and another girl saw her return around 11:30pm, said the mother.

“The college authority on Thursday did not allow us to see her prescription, meet the doctor she saw or talk to security guards. They claimed that she did not go to the hospital. How is it possible?” said Muharrimath.

On Friday night, the college authority allowed the family members to talk only to the security guards who informed them that Raudha went out at 9:00pm, she said, adding: “I called her at 12:40am but I was put on call waiting, which means she was talking to someone.”

Abdul Aziz Riyad, secretary of the medical college, said they were not “officially aware” of Raudha going outside around 11:00pm. They learned that she went outside around 9:00pm as she was having stomach pains.

Rayyan said the authorities claimed that students broke into the room seeing her hanging and got her down. “We did not see any sign of breaking in … no cracks, dents on the door,” he said.”

What makes me really angry is how hard it is to find any sort of news on Raudha’s death. Such a cruel, unfair death. Whether it be from suicide or murder, she was taken too soon and deserved better. I hope she is in a better place and my prayers go out to her family.

RIP Raudha “The Girl With The Aqua Eyes” Athif

Autism as a Functional Expression of Humanity

It only takes me three days to get to what I’m really trying to say, after a great deal of dancing around the issue, but I suppose part of getting know the point is understanding where the deficits in understanding lie. I have seen this conversation happening for so long that perhaps I simply forgot to begin at the beginning.

We understand that, we, Autistic people are a minority group, making up less than 2% of the population. We understand that about half or a little less than half of us, whether we are diagnosed or not, need significant support in order to achieve a decent quality of life. We understand that we are different by nature, that there was not a time before our Autism, in other words, we were born like this, and that we cannot be changed in a fundamental way that will make us not Autistic.

What many of us want people to understand is that we consider our condition to be an expression of a functional gene that has demonstrated evolutionary success (much like other forms of diversity have contributed as well: sexual dimorphism, though not unique to humans AT ALL, as well as skin color, and the variety of sexual preferences). Autism allows the human brain to function utilizing a totally different operating system than the average or “typical” person. It gives rise to both intellectual disability and intellectual hyper functioning, and both deserve to be seen and respected. Many contributions to humanity were made by people who were simply different; diverse by their very neurology, if you will. If all humans were born with typical brain function, there wouldn’t be anyone to notice things in a different way. Please note that humans are a predominantly social animal, so it also takes 98% of the population with a typical neurology in order to maintain that safety through social living. This is the very nature of diversity: it is functional.

That’s why we see ourselves as a community, as an expression of diversity rather than as having an illness that needs to be treated. Also, because Autism is a fundamental part of who we are, it is abusive to use the medical model to try to change us. Most of us just want to be happy, to be accepted, to be seen for who we are, and to be able to contribute to our communities without having to necessarily “fit in” with the dominant culture.

The Medical Model of Blindness

Went to the eye doctor today. Check up went as usual in that they put numbing drops in my eyes, shinned a bright blue light in my face, poked my eye with a black stick while holding my eyelid still, and were like “hm nothing has changed since last year.”


The actual eye doctor was also extremely clueless about blind people and generally patronizing. I gave her a form to fill out so I can get some standard accommodations for my low vision on the Bar Exam, and she was fairly unaware of what accommodations a legally blind person would need, or the reasoning for a specific accommodation. I told her that I normally use large print (size 24 font), extended time, and extra breaks to rest my eyes.  She asked me to explain to her why I would need those things, even though she is the one who should have identified what accommodations I would need any why I would need them, not the other way around. 

Then, this eye doctor said she was surprised someone with such low vision would become an attorney.  “How did you go to law school? Don’t attorneys have to read all the time?”

Me: Perhaps you didn’t know this, but the blind can actually read. /sarcasm.

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What’s absurd about this whole exchange is that eye doctors are basically the guardians of visual impairment and blindness–their ability to treat patients and suggest assistive programs or rehabilitative services can radically effect a blind person’s life.  They’re the experts on how my eyes work, but these doctors know literally  N O T H I N G  about how my eyes impact my life, even down to the most basic things like how I could possibly read a book.

It’s always a surprise when people are really uninformed about visible disabilities like this, but it is especially jarring when that person is an actual M.D. with an expensive education.

anonymous asked:

As a medical student, I was lucky to receive training on how to properly address genitalia for transgender patients. Are there certain situations, etiquettes, or practices that you see in the medical community that you find unsuitable, insensitive, or ignorant of issues often faced by the transgendered community?

I’m so happy that you received this training because there is still a lot of work to do with regard to trans cultural competency in the medical field – unfortunately, not everyone receives that training so there are still a lot of practitioner’s who don’t know how to treat and advocate for trans folks. Many providers don’t ask about pronouns, or preferred names, or about what names individuals use for their body parts. Stereotypes are also pervasive and extremely problematic – there is this idea that all trans people have or are at risk for contracting HIV, that all trans women are engaged in sex work – these things are true for some of us but to focus exclusively on these stereotypes is dangerous and harmful. Medical providers need to understand that being trans is not in and of itself an illness – being trans doesn’t harm us, transphobia does. Many trans folks are suffering because of transphobia and the violence it perpetuates. Many trans folks are also thriving and demanding dignity. We need to demand a medical model that lets people take the lead in terms of what their care looks like, that creates opportunities for providers to really listen to patients. There are still so many barriers to be removed to insure that trans people have access to health care that is not only culturally competent but that is accessible, affordable, and safe.