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Snowy Owl
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17 Mar 2008, 11:00 am

I am in a Communities of Practice (CoP) class and the CoP I am studying this semester is wrongplanet.net

For my second paper, I was planning on studying identity in the autistic community and how autistics view NTs (neurotypicals, or those not on the autistic spectrum) due to how they, themselves, have felt that they've been marginalized by the NT community. In doing so, my professor would like me to come up with solutions to some how merge the two communities so that their identities are not always clashing (if that makes sense).

For example: I am in graduate school and I HFA, among various other disorders. I still feel marginalized because I'm forever getting fired after telling my employers about my AS (and even if I don't tell them, I still wind up fired!). I know that not all "NT's" are injust, cruel, ignorant, etc. My solution is to educate people and advocate heavily for autistic awareness.

My goal for this paper is to gather data from about 5 NT's, 5 parents, and 5 Aspies and compare/contrast the viewpoints in light of solutions.

Any identifiable information will not be used. This paper is intended for educational purposes and will not be published. If you have any questions, please PM me.

Thank you very much for your help!


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17 Mar 2008, 2:09 pm

Ok, a stalled post is never a good thing.

Let me spin this in another light:

What really, really ticks you off about NTs? How could you solve this situation? Education? Awareness? Creating a unique autistic community?

Why do you feel seperated from the NT community? Are they really that seperate?

What could be done to help you feel included in the NT community?

Why is autism so important to your identity?

How do you see yourself in reflection of the NT community?

You don't have to answer all of the questions - pick a few that matter the most to you and write a few (2-3) sentences answering each question - you are allowed to write more, if you wish. Please feel free to include anything I might have missed!


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I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference." Robert Frost