People on the Asperger’s / autism spectrum are *not* “undomesticated humans”

The psychology tradition of treating autistic people as less than human clearly continues in modern psychology.

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Recently, a lovely commenter and friend (whose identity I won’t mention here, unless given specific permission to do so) notified me of an article published in Psychology Today, by a certain “Dr” Christopher Badcock, that made the bold claim that “autistics” are “undomesticated humans”.  Although I had seen the article when it first appeared and mentally spouted off a hot, snarky retort back then, vowing to write a post about it at some point, time intervened, and the post had gone unwritten.

Until today.

My amazing friend deserves the all the credit for this post (thank you!!), because they rekindled the fire not only by providing a link to the article, but also encouraging me to write a rebuttal.

And so it is.

Note to the psychology/psychiatry “experts”: we need to get one thing straight, right now: people “with” Asperger’s/autism are not – and I repeat: not – “undomesticated humans”.

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Disability Day of Mourning, 2017

Content Warning: Murder of People with Disabilities

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To mark Disability Day of Mourning, I published a blog on my Blog Spot account last March 1st. I thought I’d continue this tradition on my Word Press account. It would be nice to say things have drastically improved in the year since the last Day of Mourning. It seems unlikely anyone will be able to say strides have been made anytime soon.
2017 saw Hollywood release Me Before You. This is a movie based on a book by an author who’d never met a paralyzed person, but was prepared to write a whole book based on her speculations about how they must feel about their quality of life. She was taking care of someone in her life who was disabled, and found herself wondering if they’d prefer not to be a burden. She turned this train of thought into a romance novel that ends with the disabled main character choosing to end his life so his love interest can have his money, and Live Boldly without being burdened by his care needs.
The majority of the reading and viewing public chose to see the movie/book as an examination on personal choice concerning end of life care. Disabled people saw it as romanticizing our deaths and sending the message that we are better off dead than disabled. While I don’t want to see terminally ill people suffer needlessly, the abuses of assisted suicide are a direct threat to one of society’s most vulnerable sectors. Where assisted suicide is sanctioned by government, disabled people are being pressured by family and society to end their lives. I am not prepared to support something which is such a threat to disabled people.
2017 also saw one of the worst attacks on disabled people since the days of Eugenics. A man named Uematsu entered a care facility for people with disabilities in Sagamihara, Japan and began to slit the throats of the residents. He murdered 19 people and injured another 26. He made explicit threats about his intentions well in advance of the attacks. He wanted to inspire the world to see his point of view: That the world would be better if people with disabilities were euthanized.
I can also say that there hasn’t been a single week in 2017 where I haven’t read a new story about the murder of a person with a disability. Equally horrendous is the fact that these deaths are rarely referred to as murders in the media. The victim is often blamed for their own death; they were a burden on the person who killed them.
Last year I published a comprehensive list that included the explicit cause of death. My reasoning was to push aside any inclination to see a murder as mercy. This year I’m only posting the known names for 2016 and 2017 (up to this point). I am not giving any explicit details of the deaths.
Name Cause of Death Age Date
Harmony Carsey Abuse 2 January 8, 2016
Holly Lozon Murder-suicide 57 January 13, 2016
Phillip Maynard Neglect 71 January 14, 2016
Bertha Coombes Murder-suicide 83 January 19, 2016
Eunice Phiri Murder 53 January 28, 2016
Daniel Joost Multiple murder-suicide 18 February 8, 2016
Holli Jeffcoat Murder 18 February 10, 2016
Carolyn Taurino Murder 57 February 10, 2016
Desmond Hudson Jr. Abuse 6 months February 16, 2016
James Hill Murder 33 February 18, 2016
Priscilla Edwards Murder 78 February 21, 2016
Maddox Lawrence Murder 22 months February 23, 2016
Henry Mokoshoni Murder 9 February 26, 2016
Dawn Green Murder-suicide 69 March 2, 2016
Tamra Turpin Murder 36 March 2, 2016
Unknown Girl Murder 11 March 3, 2016
Michael Furst Neglect 24 March 6, 2016
Mirelle Guth Murder 64 March 7, 2016
Ronald McCabe Murder 56 March 7, 2016
Cynthia Busch Murder-suicide 24 March 10, 2016
Mary Palley Murder-suicide 73 March 11, 2016
Kobe Shaw Murder 9 months March 11, 2016
Bethannie Johnson Abuse 3 March 17, 2016
Kazue Kawazura Fatal abuse 53 March 21, 2016
Luciana Torcello Murder 82 March 29, 2016
Cathy Evans Murder-suicide 65 April 5, 2016
Yusei Ikeda Murder 11 April 5, 2016
Unknown Male Murder 40 April 6, 2016
Masano Yao Murder 79 April 6, 2016
Yutaka Nagao Murder 61 April 9, 2016
Emily Perrin Murder 4 April 10, 2016
Adrian Parmana Neglect 16 April 12, 2016
Maria Branco Neglect 78 April 13, 2016
Whitney Chilumpha Murder 23 months April 13, 2016
Enelesi Nkhata Murder 21 April 14, 2016
Lynda Cestone Murder 56 April 16, 2016
Jack May Murder 89 April 16, 2016
Barbara Kavanaugh Murder-suicide 88 April 19, 2016
Patricia Myers Murder 69 April 23, 2016
Laraine Rayner Murder 52 April 24, 2016
Melissa Couture Medical neglect 38 April 26, 2016
Marie Stempinski Murder-suicide 72 April 29, 2016
Unknown Female Neglect 16 May 2016
Gertrud Sigman Murder 92 May 7, 2016
Sara Medical neglect 16 May 9, 2016
Carolyn Hager Murder 78 May 16, 2016
Ruby Knox Murder 20 May 16, 2016
Henry Sochalski Murder 64 May 19, 2016
Venkatesh Murder 45 May 22, 2016
Jose Castillo-Cisnero Murder 3 May 23, 2016
Leonard Isequias Abuse 52 May 26, 2016
Jazmine Walker Neglect 6 months May 26, 2016
Unknown Male Abuse 37 May 31, 2016
Kira Friedman Murder 2 June 5, 2016
Billie Jo Quintier Neglect 52 June 8, 2016
Noemi Villarreal Murder 45 June 8, 2016
Rietje Willms Neglect 80 June 12, 2016
Jean Irwin Murder-suicide 83 June 20, 2016
Tammara Killam Neglect 25 June 21, 2016
Peggy Sinclair Murder 85 June 21, 2016
Kathryn Ashe Neglect 66 June 24, 2016
Yuki Kawashima Murder 85 June 25, 2016
Cedric Page Murder 53 June 25, 2016
Unknown Male Murder 12 June 28, 2016
Ty Lee Neglect 11 June 29, 2016
Janelle Johnson Negligence 5 July 2, 2016
William Lamar Murder-suicide 74 July 5, 2016
Kaushal Pawar Murder-suicide 14 July 8, 2016
Nadia Schaible Murder 91 July 12, 2016
Nancy Wright Murder-suicide 85 July 27, 2016
Margaret Meyer Murder-suicide 85 July 28, 2016
Angel Alicea-Estrada Murder-suicide 58 August 1, 2016
Theron Leonard Murder 24 August 5, 2016
Princeton Holloway Murder 3 August 6, 2016
Margaret Sanford Murder-suicide 73 August 12, 2016
Adam Petzack Murder 28 August 18, 2016
Yonatan Aguilar Neglect 11 August 22, 2016
Jean Constant Murder 87 August 22, 2016
Maddalena Pavesi Murder 83 August 22, 2016
Mindy Speck Murder 21 August 22, 2016
Austin Anderson Murder 19 August 29, 2016
Leslie Ramirez Neglect 3 August 29, 2016
Margaret Shelton Murder 85 August 31, 2016
Unknown Female Murder-suicide 68 September 2, 2016
Earl Coleman Murder 81 September 12, 2016
Shobhana Neglect 55 September 26, 2015
Erica Parsons Abuse 13 September 27, 2016
Muhammad Wahab Multiple murder 26 October 2, 2016
Sirajubai Murder 35 October 8, 2016
Masako Hirahara Murder-suicide 84 October 8, 2016
Unknown Boy Abuse 9 October 17, 2016
Elisa Lutz Multiple murder 11 October 17, 2016
Maria Lutz Multiple murder 43 October 17, 2016
Martin Lutz Multiple murder 10 October 17, 2016
Mohamad Abdullah Abuse 11 October 19, 2016
Andreas Headland Multiple murder 3 October 20, 2016
Natalie Finn Neglect 16 October 24, 2016
Grace Packer Murder 14 October 31, 2016
Patricia Swink Murder 66 November 2, 2016
Janice Frescura Multiple murder-suicide 68 November 3, 2016
Robyn Frescura Multiple murder-suicide 50 November 3, 2016
Andrea Spina Murder 22 November 7, 2016
Rebecka Pearce Murder-suicide 30 November 11, 2016
Tyler Caudill Abuse 6 November 13, 2016
Sue Liner Murder-suicide 84 November 13, 2016
Devendra Prasad Misra Murder 27 November 18, 2016
John Owings Murder 65 November 19, 2016
Brayden Otto Multiple murder 7 November 20, 2016
Carol Simon Multiple murder 48 November 20, 2016
Chance Vanderpool Abuse 4 November 22, 2016
Riba Dewilde Murder 51 November 26, 2016
Danny Fernandez Abuse 66 December 11, 2016
Phyllis Mansfield Murder 72 December 14, 2016
Theresa Smothers Neglect 87 December 31, 2016
Name Cause of Death Age Date
Yoko Kubota Murder-suicide 37 January 4, 2017
Barbara Martone Murder-suicide 81 January 9, 2017
Marilyn Miller Murder-suicide 83 January 14, 2017
Alex Santiago Murder 21 January 17, 2017
Erin Leinweber Murder 58 January 30, 2017
James Smith Murder-suicide 68 February 1, 2017
Samuel Murrell Murder 87 February 2, 2017
Joseph Bishop Neglect 18 February 11, 2017
Matthew Tirado Neglect 17 February 14, 2017
Fung Shuk-ying Murder-suicide 56 February 15, 2017