A few days ago, someone googled "autistic children no human soul" and wound up on my blog.
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I've had this kind of thing happen before, though nothing quite this callous. This idea, that Autistic people have no soul, exemplifies the ableism within our society and the kind of prejudice that Autistics face each day. To be a person in a world which views you as soulless, must be a staggering burden. Once again, irony strikes the Autistic community. We apply our own cold hearts to those we deem less. We break wings and then punish those that cannot fly.
It's difficult for me understand why I have to defend my children against such nonsense. This does not get filed under simple ignorance. It takes a really screwed up person to entertain the idea that a group of people are soulless. File it under straight up bigotry. Why do I have to insist that my children are human, when they wear the same skin as the rest of us? Why do they have to prove what's inside? My only answer; it's a whole big screwed up world too.
The neuro-majority, the non-disabled, the privileged, deny the humanity of those they hold below. It is much easier to take advantage of a people, while pretending they aren't actually human beings. It's easier on flimsy morals and might feel good to the ego, but bigotry is bad for the soul. This denial is so intense and encompassing, it allows the majority to make the obvious invisible. My Autistic children are real, living, breathing, human beings. Unbelieved, but definitely true.
Humanity is a birthright.
I'll make it clear and repeat myself until the screwed up world can no longer deny.
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