What is disability? Social vs Medical model

Applauding vigorously 👏👏🙌

Autistic and Cheerful

I touched on this very briefly in my podcast interview and in yesterday’s post about whether or not I’m disabled, but I’d like to go a bit more in depth because I think there’s a lot to explore about the nature of society and what a disability actual is. So, welcome to my entirely biased blog post about the social vs medical model of disability.

The medical model of disability is one that most people are familiar with. A disability is some sort of defect or impairment that stops someone from living a ‘normal’ life. An autistic person can’t socialise like a non-autistic person, therefore they have a disability. Get the idea? Right.

It’s all too easy to dehumanise a group if you are taught that they are less than you. They are a broken version of you. They live a tragic life and they need your pity. No…

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Sharing a Co-Morbidity Doesn’t Mean Autism Doesn’t Exist

A really enlightening and informative post! I really appreciate this 😊👏

An Intense World

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My wife shared this image on Facebook. The things surrounding “autism” are all things that can be co-morbid with it. For example, I have general anxiety disorder–meaning I have anxiety all day every day–but I don’t have Tourette’s. Not everyone who has general anxiety disorder has autism, of course, but if you are autistic, you have general anxiety disorder. And not everyone with Tourette’s is autistic, but a higher percentage of autistics have Tourette’s.
 
There are those who think that having daily rituals is having OCD. Having rituals is not really quite OCD. Rituals are a way to create order in life, and is therefore something you will find autistics doing at much higher rates than, again, the non-autistic population. True OCD would involve someone who cannot leave a room without turning the light switch on and off exactly 15 times each time, or who gets “fascinated” by a…

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“Sensitivities”

Every word in this post is gold! 👏👏👏

Autistic Science Lady

Things neurotypicals (most of them anyway, hopefully, really) now understand are not a “choice” but are genetic:

Being gay/bisexual

Being transgender

Things neurotypicals (most of them anyway) now understand are different brain processes:

Being colorblind

Having synesthesia

(maybe?) having prospoagnosia

The thing I still don’t understand is why can non-autistic people not believe that loud sounds, or bright lights, or light touch, can literally cause us physical pain? 

I don’t understand why non-autistic people can listen to someone who had a concussion, or who just got their eyes dilated, and so are sensitive to bright lights, and respect, understand, and accommodate them. In those conditions, people usually understand and go “oh ok I’ll turn the lights down.” But if for some reason you just grow up with that sensitivity, that you’ve always had – somehow it’s impossible for them to understand that that could be your life ALL the…

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What is… vulnerability

This really hit home – an excellent post about a very common theme in my life 💕🌸

Mental Health @ Home

psychology word graphic in the shape of a brain

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.

This week’s term: vulnerability

Wikipedia has a couple of different pages related to this topic: one on social vulnerability, the other on cognitive vulnerability.  It says that the work vulnerable derives from the Latin word vulnerare, which means to be wounded.  The diathesis-stress model explains psychological disorders as resulting from a combination of predisposed vulnerability and external stressful experiences; protective factors help to mitigate this risk.

Cognitive vulnerability results from erroneous patterns of thinking, which makes people more vulnerable to certain psychological problems, such as mood disorders.  Insecure attachment and stressful events contribute to this process.

Social vulnerability refers to the inability to handle the external stressors that one is faced with.  Structural factors, including social inequalities and political factors, can play a role.   Entire communities may be vulnerable in what’s known as collective vulnerability,  “a…

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How to Choose a Church if Autistic

I enjoyed this! I know some AS people share these concerns, so it’s a relevant topic, and yet, a unique and original one! Great post, very helpful 👏👍🌟

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CONTENT WARNING: Religion, Stigma, “Vaccine Blame” talk 

Many autistic people long for connection with things bigger than themselves. Worship tends to help those who believe in entities such as God.  

I’m going to present Christian examples, simply because that is what I know. Feel free to add your own tips and religious experiences.  

As always, correct me if I’m wrong.  

  1. Openness to Acceptance: Now, this is a hard one to start with, but there must be an acceptance of different kinds of people in the church. In Christianity’s core, Jesus’ mission (and Christians’ by choice of religion) is to “seek and save the lost.” By default, that means you ought to go looking to bring as many people, and as many different people, as you (and God with you) can. That includes the autistic.
  2. Education: Sometimes, a church and its parishioners can be turned toward acceptance…

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50 Positive Traits of Autism by Mark Hutton

Totally! Positive traits of AS was one of the first topics I sought out when I first realized I was AS, and it made for a much brighter outlook than otherwise might have been 🙂 ❤

Art by Nicole Corrado

50 Positive traits of many with Aspergers
By Mark Hutton

Most kids, teens, and adults with Aspergers have a bunch of positive traits that more than make-up for any negative ones. One Aspie asserted, “Thank God I have Aspergers!” Let’s look at just a few of the positive traits that many with Asperger’s may have.

Most Aspies:

are able to easily forgive others
are conscientious, reliable, and honest
are enthusiastic and have a propensity for obsessive research, thus developing a broad and deep base of knowledge in subjects of interest
are free of prejudice
are intelligent and talented
are less inclined to be fickle or bitchy than their neurotypical counterparts
are more likely than those of the general population to pursue a university education
are not inclined to lie to others
are not inclined to steal from others
are not likely to be bullies, con artists, or social manipulators
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TV stars give backing to ‘quiet shopping’ hour for autistic people – Doncaster Free Press

This is awesome! Now we know who to support 🙂 ❤

International Badass Activists

A string of TV stars have given their backing to a forthcoming quiet shopping hour to help people with autism.

Source: TV stars give backing to ‘quiet shopping’ hour for autistic people – Doncaster Free Press

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Autistics: A spectrum within a spectrum

What an interesting alternative perspective on the nature of AS 😁🎇🌠

Making an ass of myself

Autistics: A spectrum
within a spectrum
within a spectrum.

Autism has in the past been known by a number of different names under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD.


The first spectrum

  • Autism Disorder has been known for a long time where the autistic person has severe problems with communication and social interaction.
  • Asperger’s Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome is where people have much better communication skills but may be socially awkward.
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is a condition where skills a child develops by age start to disappear. It is a regressive form of autism.
  • Persuasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified was a cover term for other types of autism.

Rett’s Disorder shares symptoms with autism but as the cause is a genetic mutation, so is no longer considered part of the spectrum.

The inner spectrum

Within each of the former diagnoses, there is a lot of variation…

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