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October 28, 2007

October 28, 2007

ASD is a continuum. There is a positive correlation between higher function and IQ. The more high functioning the individual, the higher the IQ. Consequently, a majority of persons with Kanner’s syndrome are also intellectually disabled. (These are averages. There are exceptions.)

I was only diagnosed with AS this past April, and I never heard of the term “neurotypical” until this past summer. I also treat categories, like NT and AS, as largely convenient ways of explaining neurological diversity. They are not, IMO, fixed essences or ideal forms.

Oppression has been one of my interests in sociology for many years. However, it has only been recently that I have begun reflecting on my own life experiences as providing a text for one of the categories of oppression: ableism.

I have also been considering alternative terms to neurotypicalism. Neurism, neuronism, neuroism, and neurologism all have some kind of definition. I then came up with neuricism.

Normal is only a word. How it is defined often reflects the power structure in a particular society. The poor, for instance, are more likely to be labelled “abnormal” than the wealthy. Commonly, those in power to make and assign the labels exclude people like themselves.

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