No links there, no pack drill.
I have been drilling down within this (what to outsiders is no doubt incomprehensible) controversy which has exploded on the autism hub.
There is, and has been for some time a lot of controversy over the veracity of Amanda Baggs.
Statement by Larry here. "I do not believe and never have that Amanda is low functioning"
Now the qualification for that statement ought not to be controversial because the definition of functional ability in autism is essentially a normalising dialogue, a socially constructed dialogue and when one withdraws ones "gaze" from autism and looks at notions of disability, impairment and difference altogether it is a nugatory or "piffling" dialogue.
I think I do need to come out here, and state what is, what I have said privately in other fora:
I first encountered Amanda in early 1999. You could say that was an exciting time as I was discovering a lot of things then with regard to this autism which I had been "framed" with.
I think the major condemnation I have seen against Amanda is a number of previous tentative diagnoses including (yes wait for it) the unmentionable Schizophrenia.
Well lets get real folks. Those who tend to condemn in all probability have never had any contact with mental health services, they do not know even what "diagnosis" means or what many psychiatric "survivors" will tell you, that you can see a psychiatrist who will diagnose you with x and a month later you can see another one who will rediagnose you with "y"
Yes it has happened to me too.
There is a lot of stuff out there, if you know where to look for it, that replicates what Amanda had to say prior to my first encounter with her.
But then look at it properly. I am not sure what I am going to say does a lot of favours to Amanda, but you have to look at age in this. I was a teen once, though looking at my grey hair and whiskers you would find it hard to believe.
I have had the good fortune to watch other autistic teens grow up and mature.
Anybody, think about it. If you ever kept a diary when you were sixteen, whether you would want to see that published now?!
Amanda, has made some big mistakes (as I see from my perspective) I won't go into them all, I commented at the time, Amanda is aware of what I said. Heck it is no worse than what I have said to Michelle Dawson, or Ari Neeman particularly Ari Neeman over the same naivity with dealing with the media.
Media is one of my specialties, I would know about it. I have myself been accused of not speaking to the media, but I had good reason to distrust.
Some of the fallout amongst the erstwhile autism hub involves personalities. Lets not deny. It involves those who do or do not support Ari Neeman (the young pup who ought not to teach his elders how to such eggs) or Michelle Dawson (whose knowledge of the philosophy of science is distinctly lacking) or Amanda Baggs, who came out of California where those big trees grow, need I say more (ironically)
Beyond that there are all the "ace faces" out there who might turn out to be no more than bell hops - (this is a reference to the movie Quadrophenia BTW)
It's not about personalities, it is about diversity and the right to be.
Larry Arnold is the ultimate clown king in all this. I learnt (was forced) to take that role. Licensed folly. It's a precarious tight rope I can tell you.
There are no plastic saints or Icons in this autistic world, all of us are flawed and human. There is so much crap being exchanged right now, condemnations, accusations. When it comes down to it, it is not about the bigger picture, it is about selfish perspectives and self constructed holier than thou bullshit. Yes on every side.
Who has the guts to admit it though? When we all do, then we can move on......