San Francisco Autism Society president Jill Escher recently used that society’s website to publish “The Autism Matrix,” her opinion piece about what she considers “the autismS.” Its most prominent feature is a matrix of photos of autistic people Escher has categorized: Not by any legitimate means, but instead by what she assumes their abilities to be. Reader, please know: this is not only horrifying, but also not how valid autism information works. …
Note: This post was previously published at www.Squidalicious.com.
[April 28, 2017: The San Francisco Autism Society has removed the large-scale Matrix graphic from their blog page, however, my links to the post are from The Wayback Machine, and containt the original “Matrix.” Also, the SFASA Facebook page has since taken down the related post, which is unfortunate as it featured much excellent pushback from autistic people and their allies.]