My mind boggles at times when I attempt to understand the enemy. The best way to summarise the problem is in a statement made by one autistic activist concerning Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes. They refuse to even meet us halfway. In fact, they go so far to insist their way or the highway that this alone can be taken as evidence of the lack of merit in their position.
I have said it before, and I will say it again. Seven different people with professional qualifications have told me that I am autistic. Two of them agree that I “almost but not quite” meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD. After the events of the last eighteen months, they might even be inclined to ditch the “almost but not quite” part.
I challenge any person who wants to challenge my autism diagnosis, especially on the basis of a “doctor” having asked me “so what makes you think…”, to contact Anthony Attwood and Isabelle Hénault, provide them with a link to this journal, and ask them if they happen to think that Dean McIntosh is autistic. I already know what they are going to say, but I challenge anyone who thinks they will get a different answer to attempt to do so.
There is only one group of people concerned with autism who has ever, at any point in time, offered “because I said so” as an evidence for their claims. Curebies. It is literally like a Commodore 64 BASIC routine.
10 IF USER INPUT = “Why should we treat autistic people as if they are diseased, ill, or automatically monstrous?”, GOTO 20
20 OUTPUT “Because I said so.”
30 GOTO 10
That is literally all the thought they put into it. A doctor who tells the world “vaccines give you the autismz and the autismz is baaad” gets struck off the register in the UK. A hard thing to do. Yes. It is hard to get yourself struck off the register in the UK. Think about it. Our population has exploded in the most literal sense since 1978. But if anything, the number of people who can afford to study medicine has shrunk due to conservative economic policy. Add this up, and it leads to some very simple conclusions about Andrew “vaccines gives ya the autismz” Wakefield.
Doctors are rarely struck off the register and told they are not allowed to call themselves doctors anymore unless they have been caught making themselves look very incompetent or malicious.
But Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes’ and curebies’ only words about why Andrew Wakefield is being persecuted are “cos we said so”.
A challenger of any diagnosis, even mine, might assert that the burden of proof is upon the individual claiming to have been diagnosed with anything. And you know what, they are right. Regarding the “Dean McIntosh is autistic” claim, that burden of proof has been met. The testimonies of Anthony Attwood and Isbaelle Hénault alone are sufficient proof. They have met with me in person, spoken with me during the course of several years more than I have spoken with family members in recent years, and have stated unequivocally that I am autistic.
I believe that there is not enough legal provision for doctors to be punished when they diagnose a patient with something they do not have. If there were sufficient legal provision, well, there is a doctor I met during my boyhood who would be in prison now. Playing diagnostic dartboard should be a criminal offense because of the pain and terror it causes patients.
But the point here is that doctors already put their reputations and qualifications on the line when they make any kind of pronouncement. As has already been said, Andrew Wakefield is not allowed to call himself a doctor anymore because he offered a study that would not pass muster at a school for children aged seven to twelve which is now a big part of the reasons why my local hospital is even putting up warnings about how one will be isolated if staff think they have measles. Can you believe that? A hospital in the year 2014 is warning people “if you show signs of measles, you will be herded away”.
Doctor Isabelle Hénault and Doctor Anthony Attwood have both contributed far more to the understanding of autism in the world, each on their own, than the entirely of Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes could if Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes’ members could live for a thousand years. And they have both sustained my claim that I am autistic.
There is a side in the argument that has argued, time and again, based on “because I said so”. It is that of the curebies.
Then there is a side that offers the professional opinions of multiple doctors, including two who are regarded as having the greatest level of expertise in their respective nations. Those two alone would be a done deal, opinions wise. Except on this side of the argument, there are seven different health professionals all saying it. Three and a half times over, the burden of proof has been met.
After twenty-five or thereabouts years of being incorrectly diagnosed, of having one’s best interests disregarded based on same, and being subjected to treatment that could meet the definition of torture based on same, a correct diagnosis that fits the facts is a wonderful thing to have. It is not a protection against further abuse, nor is it a wand that waves away all of the problems involved. But damned if it does not feel better than feeling legitimately motivated to ask a doctor “where is your dartboard with disorders of the week on it?”.
So far we have ~25 years of being abused, mistreated, and subjected to bodily harm on the basis of diagnostic labels that were inconsistent with demonstrated facts. Merely saying that the last diagnostic label is the right one does not cut it.
Presenting challenge to my autism diagnosis is a declaration of intent. It is a statement that you wish me returned to being prejudicially stalked by people with PhDs. It is a statement that you want permission to randomly throw pills down my throat and then be absolved of any consequence when they cause me serious harm. It is a statement that you feel I should miss out on what little is available for autistic adults whilst I go back to rolling around aimlessly in diagnostic-dunno-land.
If you seriously think you should be allowed to make such statements to me without some form of reprisal, I would advise you to save your neurobigotry for someone who will tolerate it.