The Horde in Hiding
Autistic activists have been described in similar terms, as Ballastexistenz and others mentioned in response to my last post. According to the twisted views of Lenny Schafer and others of his ilk, anyone who is capable of expressing an independent opinion can't really be autistic.
And I have to wonder: How on God's green earth can Schafer or anyone else get away with such arrogant bigotry in the 21st century? Unlike the slaves, who had no means of speaking for themselves, there are literally millions of autistic adults in today's world who have access to the Internet. As Autism Diva recently pointed out, we have a million autistic adults in the United States alone. Granted, not all autistics have Internet access or the ability to write well enough to take part in advocacy efforts, but a significant number of us do. Where are all the autistic voices that ought to be screaming bloody murder about what is being done to us?
I can understand staying in the closet in real life. I am one of the horde in hiding myself; I don't have an official diagnosis on file anywhere, and I don't talk about autism in the workplace. Although I'd like to think that my management would be enlightened enough to continue judging me on the quality of my work, I am not nearly as trusting as to gamble my job on it.
But there is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for not speaking up online, to the best of our ability.
The Internet is the most powerful tool for fighting oppression in the history of humankind. And what are many of us doing with it? Playing video games, looking at pornography, and otherwise indulging in pointless escapist crap, fiddling like the Emperor Nero while our future goes up in flames.
Now, I like video games as much as the next person, but you don't stand around playing a Game Boy in the middle of a battlefield, and that is where we are. I have made this point before, and I'll say it again: If you don't have an autistic advocacy website or blog, go and build one, right now, this instant. No excuses. And if you have one, build another, or several more. It's the only way to stop the genocide.