Billy Mann: Def many Autistic activist are deep into skewering me and my experience as a father. Yet there are still a lot of voices int his community that want/need/should be heard. Tom Clements: Against neurodiversity: "The movement has good intentions, but it favours the high-functioning and overlooks those who struggle with severe autism" @mocost
Billy Mann: I literally have parents DM-ing me saying any effort towards talking to autistic self-advocates is pointless because "they are zealots." At the same time, autistic self-advocates are attacking for admitting my own evolution/failures + trying to work it though. #missionaccomplished?
Billy Mann: Agree! More surprising is how many autistic individuals are writing to me in my DMs and asking me not to allow any self advocates who claim to speak for everyone to speak for them. Not to mention how many autism moms and dads who also have my back! Judith U: I engage with … Continue reading #BILLYMANNRECEIPTS | @BILLYMANN: The hateful voices on Twitter are not representative of what I experience on the ground.
Billy Mann: I'm committed to common ground but I'm one parent trying. Just as there are self-advocates who say parents have no right to speak on behalf of children, there are "extremist" parents who feel self-advocates have no right to speak for them. Common ground req ppl you disagree with. INeurodiversity: How can you call … Continue reading #BILLYMANNRECEIPTS | @BILLYMANN: How can you call for “common ground” between people want to eliminate autistic people and people who advocate for autistic rights?
Jenni Sutinen: You still don't understand where you are at fault with your reasoning. Your whole premise is based on the fact that you, as parents, were arrogant enough to expect a "perfect child" and had already envisioned a future for him. You saw your child as someone who would exist to live up to … Continue reading #BILLYMANNRECEIPTS | @BILLYMANN: You still don’t understand the very basics of autism, and what autistic traits are …
Susan Elizabeth Spann: I'm a moderate-severe autistic. I just skimmed your "apology." And I am more ticked because you hinted that those with comorbid conditions might want a cure for "autism"? Um, no. Would I like a cure for my comorbids? Absolutely. But never for my autism. My autism makes me who I am. Like … Continue reading #BILLYMANNRECEIPTS | @BILLYMANN: You don’t want to debate on “cure” on this? Then please retract that comment.