Autistic Songs

Alan Griswold


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Autism and Disability

The statement that autism is a disability can stir controversy, all the more so because the grammar of the word disability is itself imprecise. That imprecision notwithstanding, let me offer two observations I believe can shed some light on the subject:

Those two assertions suggest that discussing the concept of autism alongside the concept of disability makes sense, but that predicating the concept of autism with the concept of disability is far less precise—if not downright erroneous. We do not entirely understand what produces disability in certain autistic individuals. Attributing that outcome to autism itself is only an assumption, and in my view, not a very good one.

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