Jerry Seinfeld: “Autism Community” vs. Autistic Community

By now, you have all heard that Jerry Seinfeld has revealed he might be on the autism spectrum. He says it’s on a long, drawn-out scale, but I believe it’s not that long and drawn-out from my position. We have a lot of things in common: We both struggle to communicate. We both have troubles with similes, metaphors and idioms. Both of us rehearse what we are going to say: him onstage, me just in public. So you see, we are not that far from each other. And that’s not bad. One of the things that upsets me so much about the “Autism Community” is that many of them discount those of us with autism as not being able to speak, or, dare I say it, retarded. (Normally I would use Carlos Mencia’s phrase “Dee dee dee” to describe people being or acting stupid, but the word retarded usually carries the same connotation to most in the “Autism Community.”) They discount our experiences, and when they come to a self-diagnosis, or somebody who advocates on their own, they are too blinded by their own experiences to open their minds to this particular experience. I believe this is one of the reasons people in the “Autism Community” tend to throw shade at somebody who has self-diagnosed autism, especially a celebrity. This is why I differentiate between the “Autism Community” and the Autistic Community. The “Autism Community,” mostly perpetuated by Autism Speaks, has a large crowd of people believing that we MUST. CURE. AUTISM-even at the expense of aborting babies who may potentially have it. The Autistic Community, however, unites in love and respect towards themselves. We need more of that love and respect, not the devious “cure,” discrimination and hate that the world and the “Autism Community” seems to pedal. So, without further ado, I am glad to welcome into the Autistic Community a new celebrity member, Mr. Jerry Seinfeld. May he join the echelons of Thomas Jefferson, Daryl Hannah, Dan Aykroyd, and yes, Temple Grandin. Let us unite in love and respect.

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