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

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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

Tufted Titmouse
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17 Mar 2016, 4:04 pm

The simple idea of intellectual disabilities is saddening. These are humans, with one life (just like the rest of us) who can't think brilliant thoughts, get excluded from life, have to get watched over all the time, and don't even know of all of this happens. That's not a life I would like to live. Why would anyone think that that shouldn't be changed? My view is that there should be a cure for intellectual disabilities and language deficiency, and an optional Ritalin-type symptom reducer for aspies like myself.

Your neurodiverse (Aspie) score: 91 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 122 of 200
You seem to have both neurodiverse and neurotypical traits

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17 Mar 2016, 7:41 pm

I can't be cured of autism any more than I can be cured of having brown (mostly gray) hair or blue-gray eyes. I don't think that anyone can be cured of autism. What can be done is provide services, help those who need help, especially those who are severely affected. As for those on the "higher" end of the spectrum, we (or I) could still use help in understanding my specific autism issues. Fortunately, I have a psychiatrist who is knowlegeable in autism who is helping me.


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17 Mar 2016, 8:04 pm

Autism is not a disease, so it cannot be "cured".

The poll it worse than useless.

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17 Mar 2016, 8:24 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
I don't believe in a full blown "cure." I believe in an alleviation of the symptoms which each person finds unpleasant.


Also this thread is damn near 10 years old, do we need to continue its topic

so in the words of 4chan



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17 Mar 2016, 8:49 pm

To be honest, I sympathize with those parents who have severely autistic kids who suffer so much that they have to hurt themselves.

If there was a free/low cost cure available for those kids, I would advocate that these parents go hell or high water towards getting that cure.


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17 Mar 2016, 9:52 pm

Autism is not a disease, therefor it needs no cure.

Ya, I'm weird like that... :alien:


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22 Mar 2016, 2:51 am

I think it should be up to the individuals to decide if they want a cure or not.

But I don't want to go among mad people, Alice remarked.
Oh, you can't help that, said the Cat: we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.
How do you know I'm mad? said Alice.
You must be, said the Cat, or you wouldn't have come here.