Autism---to cure or not to cure? (poll)

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Autism
Autism Should be cured 13%  13%  [ 14 ]
Autism spectrum disorders should be cured 5%  5%  [ 5 ]
Both Full blown autism and autism spectrum disorders should be cured 11%  11%  [ 12 ]
Autism Should not be cured 11%  11%  [ 12 ]
Autism spectrum disorders should not be cured 25%  25%  [ 27 ]
Both Full blown autism and autism spectrum disorders should not be cured 34%  34%  [ 36 ]
Total votes : 106

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12 Dec 2007, 3:54 pm

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There is no cure, our symptoms are part of who we are...

Yes, but with therapy and intervention, you can hide it when need be.


Quite often its the associated conditions we need treatment for, not autism. But the so called normal world try and blame it on our unique traits, which I would like to add has been responsible for some of the greatest human achievements to date.


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12 Dec 2007, 4:07 pm

Never! Never! Never! At no point in time! Never.



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12 Dec 2007, 4:30 pm

I think that cures should not me mandated, nor should they be denied of autistic people who want them. Of course, this is somewhat irrelevant because there is no cure. If there was a cure, it should be available to people who want to be cured. "Cures" should not be forced on anyone.

That said, I think it is unlikely that a cure will emerge in the near future. Allocating resources towards allowing people on the spectrum to lead happier, more fulfilling lives would make a bigger differences than directing the same resources towards finding a cure. A cure may never exist, but there are currently many realistic ways to support autistic people.



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12 Dec 2007, 4:58 pm

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Why would you not want full blown autism to be cured?
Would you want to live like that?


Not everyone (including not all scientists) believes in the divisions as currently stated.


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12 Dec 2007, 5:05 pm

IF there was a cure, I think it should be a choice, not forced on anyone. Personally, I would refuse the cure.


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12 Dec 2007, 5:09 pm

My own worry is that it would not be a choice.

Or rather, that it would be called a choice, but the reality would be that parents could force it on their autistic children if they wanted, and autistic adults would be refused assorted forms of assistance if we didn't first try it.


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12 Dec 2007, 5:51 pm

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Do not try to cure autism. That's impossible. Instead, you must realize the truth: There is no cure. Then, you will realize that it is not the autism that is cured, it is only yourself.

-Paraphrased from the Matrix "spoon" scene...



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12 Dec 2007, 5:55 pm

anbuend wrote:
My own worry is that it would not be a choice.

Or rather, that it would be called a choice, but the reality would be that parents could force it on their autistic children if they wanted, and autistic adults would be refused assorted forms of assistance if we didn't first try it.


This is why I consider X-men 3 to be the only movie where I sympathize with the "villains" (Magneto is more of a tragic hero, however)... as it concerns a "cure" for mutants because they are "not normal", funded by a man who is ashamed because he doesn't have his "perfect normal child", but instead a dude who can fly. (I don't know about you, but if I had a son who could fly, I wouldn't try to cure him, I'd send him up to the roof and fix the antenna... but i digress)...

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12 Dec 2007, 6:45 pm

I don't really want to be cured of my Autism Spectrum Disorder, but I'd love to have my comorbids cured (except for my asexuality, I prefer to live without distraction).

Personally, I'd rather see people allowing us to be part of the niche we were born to be in, rather than force us to conform to their ideals: We should be encouraged to hone our talents. It's like teaching a horse to climb a tree when its' true talent lies in other things (riding, racing, epic police mounts, farming, etc).

To each, their own.



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12 Dec 2007, 7:17 pm

One more thing about my earlier post...

While I am against a cure, I wouldn't mind treatments that would allow low-functioning autistics to function independently, but the current "cure" campaign, motivated mostly by NT fear of the unknown, is just wrong and should be stopped...



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12 Dec 2007, 9:21 pm

I would never cure myself, but if there was a cure, each person should have the right to choose if they wanted it or not.

Of course it might be hard to find a "cure" if there's nothing really wrong and it's just a genetic trait that goes one way or the other... It'd be like trying to "cure" redheads.


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12 Dec 2007, 9:30 pm

I believe in therapies that help us move easier through life; but then again, I believe that for all people.

With a cure for autism, you discount the good to get rid of the "bad."

I just went into an entire post about it this morning here


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13 Dec 2007, 12:22 am

ToadOfSteel wrote:
This is why I consider X-men 3 to be the only movie where I sympathize with the "villains" (Magneto is more of a tragic hero, however)... as it concerns a "cure" for mutants because they are "not normal", funded by a man who is ashamed because he doesn't have his "perfect normal child", but instead a dude who can fly. (I don't know about you, but if I had a son who could fly, I wouldn't try to cure him, I'd send him up to the roof and fix the antenna... but i digress)...


I don't really sympathize with either the "heroes" or the "villains" much in that movie, because both sides seem to be doing both things I consider really important and things I'd consider unconscionable.


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13 Dec 2007, 2:06 am

Speaking for myself, I'll take a cure that alleviates my inability to stand in the presence of others; being homebound and not pursuing my ideal career isn't really what I wanted from this life.

It's what I have, however.



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13 Dec 2007, 3:01 am

I wouldn't want a cure myself either, i struggled through life, and it sucked, but i'm a lot stronger due to it. I voted for not curing any autistic spectrum disorder. If there ever was a cure, i hope it would be choice though, i would just be afraid if there was, i would be picked on ten times more, and hear the words "Go get the cure already, you retart". I think that would bother me a lot, but if there was a way to cure some of the symptoms like sensory, not being able to communicate very well, and the misunderstandings, then i would love to fix that.


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