For decades, autistic people have been told that our way of socialising and co-operating is a broken version of the ‘real thing’,
Many autistic people have been put through endless coercive techniques to correct this alleged set of problems. Children have been put through year after year of exhausting therapies to make them co-operate and collaborate exactly like so-called Normal Children. Yet, curiously, we weren’t seeing good outcomes. We are seeing deeply concerning rates of mental health difficulties including worrying links to suicide and PTSD. So, what’s been going wrong? Why aren’t autistic people any better off after all this enforced normalisation? Weren’t we supposed to be happy and integrated now, with better jobs and better social lives?
What went wrong with the theory?
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