Why do we still need to say this?

This will be my last post for 2017. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, my readers.
Have you ever read through an article or book thinking “Great! Excellent! Spot On!” and then got to a passage and thought “No, no, no, no, no”? Well, a lot of autistic people had that thought when reading “To Siri with Love”. Judith Newman, the author of “To Siri with Love” is the mother of twin boys. Gus is autistic and Henry is neurotypical.
In her book, Newman says she wants medical power of attorney when Gus, who is currently 16, turns 18 so she can get him a vasectomy. She has justifiably been slammed for this, but seems utterly blind to her ableism and her denial of Gus’s agency.
I’ve written about Aktion T4 before. It was the Nazi Eugenics program that saw thousands of disabled people murdered and sterilised. Nor was this the only time in history that the “feeble-minded” have been targeted in this fashion. Yet Newman seems unable to realise that she approves of something done by one of the most evil groups ever.
It is a few days until 2018 begins. We should not still be needing to have this conversation.


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I am a Software Test Analyst. Shortly before I turned 21 I was officially diagnosed, although I had long suspected I was autistic. Welcome to my blog
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