Autistic Songs

Alan Griswold


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The Difficulty in Recognizing Autism for What It Is

There exists a class of people—by current estimates totaling approximately one percent of the human population—whose members possess a condition fundamentally distinguishing the class from the remainder of the species.

Notice the word “diagnosis” in each of these descriptions—labeling occurs nearly always under conditions perceived to be psychiatricly negative. And note how the labels are a function of the age at diagnosis, and thus do not differentiate the underlying condition itself. Finally, note that the variable age of diagnosis suggests these labels do not complete the class: it is likely there are other members, perhaps a significantly large number, ones who do not get diagnosed or labeled at all.

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