This is why I don't like the term 'Neurodiversity' as a tool of persuasion;
- If people have a system that works, you will be extremly hard pressed to get them to change to a different one.
- People's actions are influenced by emotions and personal experiances, for the most part. Logic has very little to do with it. You need a slogen that is going to appeal to them not us.
To make a few slanderouse, unverified sweeping statments here are our demographics and their views:
Autism is a disease, cure the disease and you will cure the problem. They've poured everything into this mindset and worked very hard at it.
Don't really care. They see autistic people as 'Rainman' type people. If they want further information they will consult the proffessionals, so, yes autism is a disease. Supporting the proffessionals will make them feel good about themselves. If they already have made donations and what not, than supporting neurodiversity would mean that they would have to accept they've done the wronge thing. But why would they? The proffessionals are the ones who are the authority.
Unlikely to look into it very much, most people base their opinions on what they've seen in the news or whatever rather than doing the reasearch.
Also functional autistic people are self diagnosed moochers
Very wide range of people. Different levels of functionality. If they've been brought up to belive that they are diseased and incomplete than they will belive it. If they haven't gone through the system than it doesn't really affect them.
Would it be fair to say that the 'Neurodiversaty' type aspies are in the minority?
So the term 'Neurodiversity' itself. Who does it appeal to? The general public? The proffessionals? Or the minority of aspies who have already
taken to the idea?
If the majority of people have taken to the idea that autism is a disease or an imparment, then what is the average person going to think when they hear the term Neurodiversity? Sicknessdiversity, or 'we want to be diseased?
It wont make sense to the average person.
I think people need to understand the reasons for the mindset rather than having the mindset imposed on them from the start.
People can relate to not bieng listened to and not listening to autistic people is something they have no excuse for. If we make it blatently and undeniably obviouse that we are not bieng listened to than people will no longer get a good feeling out of supporting our oppression
I also think this stuff would be better off focusing on demographics rather than using the neurodiversity method to blanket all the demographics.
Neurodiversity doesn't appeal to far right political people. And those seem to be the ones who run Autism speaks and Autism speaks type organisations.