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Down Syndrome vis-a-vis the Autism Spectrum

June 24, 2008

I think that the difference is that, in relation to the autism spectrum, there is an established “pro-cure movement,” and there are people who are actively trying to find a purported “cure.” With Down syndrome, there is no strong pro-cure movement. As a result, the discourse surrounding the autism spectrum has become more politicized than the discourse surrounding Downs syndrome.

Down’s is easily identifiable, before birth and after. Ninety percent of Down’s babies are aborted, I’ve read. The thing about Autism that makes it political is that autistics DO HAVE WORDS, and oftentimes are brilliant, and are able to speak for themselves.

Yes, but there is no controversy among the parents of Downs syndrome children regarding cure vs. no cure. However, with autism, the issue has become politicized.

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  1. Joel W permalink
    June 24, 2008 2:33 pm

    Down’s is easily identifiable, before birth and after. Ninety percent of Down’s babies are aborted, I’ve read. The thing about Autism that makes it political is that autistics DO HAVE WORDS, and oftentimes are brilliant, and are able to speak for themselves.

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