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rileydaboss2000
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17 May 2019, 5:51 pm

I honestly think so, although despite the difficulties I have with stress and severe anxiety, I try not to let the issues affect me and in the current state I am somewhat happy with myself having this, although it was really different in the past...



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17 May 2019, 7:11 pm

I have very mild autism, so I think of it as a very mild disability, but when it’s combined with my comorbids, it’s pretty disabling.



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17 May 2019, 7:27 pm

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Yes because most people on the spectrum say we couldn't run an all-autistic people society. If autism were just a 'difference' then we all would be just as capable as NTs to run a society, in a different but still functional way. But as most autistics feel that a society ran by autistics for autistics will be impossible, then that proves that autism is a disability.


I don't think an all NT society would do great either. Any world needs diversity to grow.


And just look at the majority-NT world we actually have! Poverty, repression, war, impending climate disaster.... Not exactly a utopia.


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17 May 2019, 7:29 pm

Benjamin the Donkey wrote:
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Yes because most people on the spectrum say we couldn't run an all-autistic people society. If autism were just a 'difference' then we all would be just as capable as NTs to run a society, in a different but still functional way. But as most autistics feel that a society ran by autistics for autistics will be impossible, then that proves that autism is a disability.


I don't think an all NT society would do great either. Any world needs diversity to grow.


And just look at the majority-NT world we actually have! Poverty, repression, war, impending climate disaster.... Not exactly a utopia.


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17 May 2019, 8:03 pm

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For some, autism is a disability; for others, it's an inconvenience; for still others, it's just something they have to deal with, like color blindness or tone deafness.

If a person can't work and/or needs constant care, then autism is definitely a disability.


Well said.



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17 May 2019, 8:06 pm

I've been a clerk for 38 years. No promotion, even though I know more than just about everybody there.

I feel like my autism is a disability because if I wasn't autistic, I would have at least been a supervisor at this point.



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17 May 2019, 8:11 pm

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I've been a clerk for 38 years. No promotion, even though I know more than just about everybody there.

I feel like my autism is a disability because if I wasn't autistic, I would have at least been a supervisor at this point.




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17 May 2019, 8:14 pm

It's okay. I'm retiring in 3 1/2 years anyway.

It's my fault, to be honest. I have a tendency to meow in the halls. I was written up because of this about 25 years ago LOL



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17 May 2019, 8:21 pm

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It's okay. I'm retiring in 3 1/2 years anyway.

It's my fault, to be honest. I have a tendency to meow in the halls. I was written up because of this about 25 years ago LOL


I don’t find meowing as satisfying as bird noises or sometimes extremely annoying vocal exercises I learned in voice lessons.

If it’s been 25 years since you’ve been written up, they should be over it by now.



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17 May 2019, 8:28 pm

I'm not the originator of this saying, and I've read or heard it said by more than one person, but I agree with it 100%: I'm not affected by autism in the least when I'm alone in my own environment. I feel completely "normal". I find that very interesting.


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17 May 2019, 8:31 pm

Antax: The US government (at least most of it) considers it a disability and you can (in some places at least) get services govt support and other things b/c of it which is all that really matters to me. And yes I agree I at least would prefer to have an NT brain.



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17 May 2019, 8:50 pm

In textbooks and majority's opinion: Yes.

In my opinion: Either. It can be a matter of when and why than a flat-out yes/no.
What, as much as the majority exists, should those that don't be ignored?

What I truly consider a disability? Human limitations. Always have, and always will be.
Be it the individual cannot handle autism itself and have a disability out of it for any reason or circumstance, or that individuals and society cannot/refuse to handle autistic individuals for whatever reasons or circumstance.


In my own case though? All I need is a better EF. No need to get rid of autism. Autism is just a weight for me to carry as much as any who does.
But to able to afford it's weight and the willingness to carry the weight is another story.


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17 May 2019, 9:56 pm

I don't consider myself disabled, as my level of functioning has improved quite a lot in the past six years. I find anxiety and panic attacks very disabling when they happen.



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17 May 2019, 10:23 pm

I don't think it's a disability; I think it's a minority.
But society is such that we are not included.


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18 May 2019, 12:42 am

To establish whether or not autism is a disability, we must first determine what it means to have a disability.

Disability - 1. a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.

2. a disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law.

3. any continuing condition that restricts everyday activities.

Under all of these definitions, people on the low-functioning end have a disability, but for people on the higher-functioning end it's not as clear-cut.

1. At very least you could argue that those with hyposensitivity and hypersensitivity have limits on their senses. You could also make the case that executive functioning issues and deficits in social skills limit one's activities. So under this definition, autism would be a disability unless you lack sensory issues, executive functioning issues and issues with social skills.

2. Considering that having poor social skills is a major disadvantage, and autistic people are grossly overrepresented In unemployment statistics, under this definition Autism would have to be a disability.

3. You could really make the case either way. Depends on the individual for this definition.