Autism Is Fake... and It Kicks Ass!

There's no such thing as autism. Autistic people are just people. And they're freaking awesome.

by Quinton Figueroa on August 20th, 2013

So I've been doing some research on Autism lately and find it quite interesting. The general consensus is that autism is a "disorder", yeah kinda like attention deficit disorder. Or in other words, it's an imaginary group somebody made up to label certain characteristics of people. There are a few other disorders you may have not yet heard about:

  • OED - overeating disorder
  • RHGED - red hair, green eyes disorder
  • LASD - lazy and spoiled disorder
  • RASD - reverse autism spectrum disorder
  • SSD - severe sheeple disorder
  • LORD - lack of research disorder
  • and on and on...

Autism isn't a disorder. It's a way people are. People are different, they're not all the same. People have different strengths, weaknesses, aptitudes and interests. But since we're so disconnected from our true selves and since we are so hell bent on making sure that everyone is the exact same as everyone else we make sure to ostracize anyone that is different.

Some people are naturally more into things that may be considered "Autistic". They are into organization, they are into the dynamics that make things work, they could care less about social interaction, they are into their own personal world and on and on. That doesn't make them autistic. It means they like these things.

Other people are naturally more into things like disorganization, not understanding details or dynamics and over-socialization. By autistic standards it would be equally valid to call these people "reverse autistic" or whatever other label you want to give it. So maybe the autistic people are normal and everyone else is actually reverse autistic (RASD).

You can place a label on anything and call it a disorder. But it makes very little sense because finding a set of attributes that are outside of what we currently call "normal" and then labeling them as a disorder makes the assumption that what we currently call "normal" is correct. But there is no way to prove it is or it isn't. People are free to live life however the hell they want to live it. And just because you think somebody should live a certain way doesn't mean they should. If you want to tell them how to live then they can equally tell you how to live.

I really think majority of doctors have gone full retard these days. Most doctors, or people of any profession, don't actually think, they follow procedure. They don't take something like autism and truly try to understand it. They don't go about and search out facts and perspective bearing upon the situation. They don't form their own opinion with what makes the most sense to them. No, oh no. They simply parrot and repeat what their superior told them to repeat when they went to "school". Their degree proves competency not in thinking, but in reporting. They're a reporter like the reporters you see on the news -- only they report the medical narrative in person, not the political narrative on TV.

Let's keep going.

Some of the smartest people you will ever find are autistic. Ever heard of Jacob Barnett? At age 14 the dude is 100 times smarter than most people will ever dream of. The guy thinks stuff that people don't have the capacity to think. And he's autistic. Sure, he's socially awkward and laughs like a weirdo, but that's what makes him unique and awesome. I don't think he's smart because he's smart. I think he's smart because he's different and unique. He even says so if you listen to him speak. He tells people to do their own thing and find their unique perspective. That's what he has done with his life and it's a big reason as to why he's so smart. Would you rather him be like everyone else and talk about the New England Patriots and American Idol or would you rather him be different and be like the people who invented the television so you can watch sports and entertainment?

I'm not saying everyone should be autistic. But I most certainly am saying autistic people shouldn't be like you. They are who they are, and they are growing and experiencing life the same way you are. So stop telling people that being this way or that way is a disorder or incorrect. That's straight bullshit. You're not the authority on right living, and cultures and societal norms come and go. Yesterday autistic people may have been considered normal. Today they may be considered diseased. Tomorrow they may be considered genius. There's a whole universe outside of your little box, and people don't have to fit into it.

 Filed under: Personal Development, Autism, Ass Kicking Things

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31 Comments

Carl: This is very interesting to

This is very interesting to read. I think it is hard to make a clear defined label for people. I stuck my finger in my butt and it hurts, and this was like two days ago. It still hurts but when you define pain, it's hard to determine if my butt hurts or if my finger hurts. Either way, it stinks. Bitch

Kyle Z. : Autism

Autism is a disorder. But the word disorder has a negative connotation, but isn't necessarily bad. Everybody has a disorder! Extroverts have extroversion disorder.
Note that disorder ≠ disability. Autism isn't a disability, it's a disorder.

Jake Lloyd Rules: Everything is a disorder? Now
@Kyle Z. (view comment)

Everything is a disorder? Now you've gone full retard.

Anonymous: Have you seen full blown

Have you seen full blown autism? It is very disabling.
However gastrointestial problems, infections etc cause so called autistic like behaviours and results bad brain development.

There are also very serious comorbid sensory problems. Quite possibly some of those individuals are trapped by badly functioning sensory system and makes them behave very autistic like.

Yes, autism is actually very dubious umbrella term for serious brain problems. I wouldn't trust psycho* persons opinions on this medical matter

Anonymous: Autism is an excuse for

Autism is an excuse for parents that can't control their unruly children. Autism is fake.

ruthbobobobo: that is the biggest bullshit
@Anonymous (view comment)

that is the biggest bullshit ever you clearly no fk all about autism

jeff: REALLY?!
@Anonymous (view comment)

I can tell you full well autism is a real thing! I have seen plenty kids have it!!!!!!!!!! HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!

Anonymous: Autism is a blanket

Autism is a blanket "diagnosis" for children who display character traits that fall out of the "normal spectrum". These character traits, although maybe not necessarily the cause of poor parenting, are definiately exacerbated by permissive, laissez faire parents. They accept unacceptible behavior from their "autistic" children because it's easier to simply excuse the behavior by saying "he/she has autism" than it is to do their job...that is parenting their child and teaching them what is acceptable behavior. It is disgusting.

Anonymous: Autism is real.. No good

Autism is real.. No good parent would wish this on any child.. not even for an excuse.. Autistic kids are not bad behaved & are not always aware that they are doing something inappropriate.. You can be the best parent in the world & still have an autistic child.. I would give the world to have my child be able to interact with peers & live & enjoy life like the rest of us.. I try with all my might everyday for my child to learn to speak & express herself to me.. you are crazy if you think autism is an excuse.. it is much more complicated than dealing with a bad behaved child for both parents & child, because the childs brain does not function the same as typical people & it is not the childs fault.. some people are so cold hearted

Luke Jackson: Agree with the sentiment here!

I must admit, when I began reading this article, it was not without a sense of foreboding and a heavy heart. I continued, however, and I have to say, I love the sentiment, even if I don't fully agree with it. I write about and speak on the subject of Autism, and am Autistic myself.

The thing is, if you put an Autistic person in a room by himself, then what Autistic behaviour exists? Sure, they may line things up, or spin, or flap, but we only find this behaviour odd because it's against mainstream social consensus. As for problems with social interaction and communication problems, what problems exist when there is no one to communicate or socialise with?

In short, unfortunately, Autism is real - but often (I say often - sometimes there are co-morbid sensory problems that are debilitating in and of themselves, but I'm talking about Autism on it's own,) only because other people have made it real. It only exists in the differences in behaviour than those stipulated by a general consensus of social normality. It only exists because those with Autism break the rules, and bring about change from the norm. Which is not just a shame, but is also, when you think about it, beautifully ironic.

Excellently written article, squire.

Anonymous: very true, autism is just a

very true, autism is just a way of explaining abnormalities

Hung Lo: Hung Lo think you are correct.

This is Hung Lo from the Chinese Restaurant. Hung Lo has a friend who says her child is autistic. She does not work and gets a large government check and many benefits because her child has.

Hung LO say First, note there is no objective medical test to determine if someone is autistic. There are only varying lists of behavioral traits, some of which are vague enough to fit anyone. Supposed symptoms of autism given by the Autism Society of America, and other organizations, include “insistence on sameness,”“little or no eye contact,”“fixation with certain objects or subjects,” and “preference to be alone.” So in other words, if your child is different, perhaps shy or introverted, they may be autistic and require behavioral therapy, medication and special schooling.

Hung so suspects fraudulent about autism is the “autism spectrum,” which seemingly every human being could fall into, with vague symptoms like “insistence on sameness” and “fixation with certain objects or subjects.”

Talk Show Host Michael Savage says ""In 99% of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they're silent?" Savage said last week in remarks that lit up the Internet over the weekend.
"They don't have a father around to tell them,'Don't act like a moron. You'll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz.'"

Hung Lo agree with Michael Savage. There is no Autism in China or many parts of the world. It's because Chinese parents are superior and do not put up with a spoiled brat.

Hung Lo hope they no longer give checks out for Autism. Waste of my tax dollars.

"Autistic" Person: You're all being jerks down

You're all being jerks down here in the comments.
Autism does NOT equal kids with bad behavior, who told you that?
Most of the time this "Bad Behavior" is just a lack of empathy or inhibitions.
And even then, that's not even the majority of cases, a lot of Autistic people are perfectly well behaved. People just pay more attention to the ones who seem rude because they literally have difficulty figuring out what is and isn't acceptable.

defenderofnotstupid: The symptoms of autism are

The symptoms of autism are parallel to many other "disorders" and maybe society should stop encouraging kids bad behaviour by babying kids behaving improperly. Tongue twister there. All kids are greedy n selfish until we the parents dissuade or teach them modesty and to share. Label the kid and now he/she has a get outta jail free card"I can't help it I'm autistic or adhd . Now I'm not saying that all mental disorders are invalid but I firmly believe in mans ego to make a difference and society's kneejerk willingness to always accept what they are told from the "experts".. Wheb even in their own admittance based on the ever changing "spectrum" that they have grown to make peoples fit the criteria. the collateral damage to our future generations believing this crap is still TBD. Rational thinking used to be taught by disciplinary means given by the authority. These diagnosi are just the diversionary bandaid to patch up this idiocracy called the us of a.

Jm: Toddlerhood withdrawal

I apparently withdrew around the same age as Jacob did. I didn't blossom much afterward, though. I have poor remembering ability which is a thing that hindered my development. The researcher said something that confirmed my notion that human intelligence tends to be lower without good memory. He also has more raw brainpower than I ever had, to my knowledge. For example, I've always been slow at reading. Also, math has never been easy for me either.

John Combs: I can't really agree. What

I can't really agree. What you're describing sounds more like Asperger's syndrome than Autism and I would agree that Asperger's is nothing more than being "too smart for your own good". My best friend's child was diagnosed with Asperger's and there's nothing wrong with him, other than having no filter (says exactly what he's thinking, no matter how inappropriate) and being quite socially awkward. Despite his awkwardness, he's gotten into drama and, at about 13, is already a brilliant actor. However, I've worked with fully Autistic children and there's no comparison. These kids barely function as human beings. Children with Down's and children with fetal alcohol syndrome are often more high-functioning than the autistic ones I've seen. I knew one that was such an extreme case that he was just barely a thinking being. He never spoke, and would simply wander aimlessly in the classroom. If the environment changed in the slightest, he would sit on the floor and scream for hours because of his confusion. I mean this in the most literal sense possible: my 2 year old dog is probably higher functioning as a human being than this child was. Literally, his behavior had to be controlled (no excuse, because we did have him under control) only through Pavlovian conditioning. The child had no concept of self of any kind; he had to be trained like a house pet.

Bob Smarts: Wrong

Autism is a serious disorder that isn't "made up", nor is it just "the way some people are". In other words, even a unusual but normal, healthy human being wouldn't show up on the autistic spectrum. Is it a made up label? Of course it is. That's how science works. It isn't perfect, and can be changed, and will exist as long as its useful. Don't hate science. Also, don't be ignorant. If you were autistic, and it affected your ability to achieve your goals, have a happy social life and, in general, think, speak and act clearly, you would feel different about this. There are real environmental problems causing autism and opinions like your's would have us accept this as "normal". You're dumb.

neil orange peel: my child is due for assesment (UK)

them other is polish andi am english. our daughter speaks polish-fluently aged 3.5. that is her choice, though she is starting to use a lot of english and will catch up. we live in the middle of nowhere and are very isolated other than people we come into contact with through work or daily activity. our child attends a nursery but doesnt play with the other kids who have all grown up in the same village, whereas we have moved up here from london so are realtive strangers to the community. the nursery put us onto a speech therapist who has in turn put us on to a paediatrician. we have just come back from the paediatrician and after 10 minutes of being in a strange clinic in a strange hospital sitting in a strange room with strange people that we have never even seen before, they have told us that we NEED to have our daughter assessed for autism. do you like pork? do you like beef? no and no-im vegetarian but you didnt ask me. ...and thats how the line of closed questioning went. we think our child is a bit a shy but the experts think it more prudent to have an assesment for one specific condition instead of a more general valuation that might determine why our child is a bit shy with other kids. living out in the country and not knowing too many people many? they are complete fucking quacks lol. anything to get your child to eat some pills right?

Pieplup: Autism is Real

I know this Because, I'm autistic. The Autism term is a Umbrella term it is does not mean that every autistic has to have a bad Sensory system it is that they have a different functioning level, they may learn differently or not be able to hand-write well. Also, most conditions that are often co-morbid with autism, can happen in Allistic people. So Theoretically, one could not have SPD, and still Behave like a Autistic. For, Example autistics don't struggle with social interaction because, they are not social, but, because they're brains value different conversational rules.

Anonymous: Autism is real, and so is

Autism is real, and so is ADHD.

Asha: Autism. Is. Real.

This is a very disappointing article. Why? Because it is a real disorder that affects millions of people. Also, autism is not the equivalent of stupidity. Both are very different problems.

John ktas: Autism

Autism, adhd , eating disorders, and all other disorders are all Parmaceutical made disorders. Like AIDS, EBOLA Viruses. They are not real , they are man made. Not real as per nature. With autism , can't it be the genius in a child's brain that does that? Now they call it autism.

Queenie: Wish Autism culture would shut up already...

Personally, Autism culture is obnoxious to me.
It's basically phony parents with troglodyte kids who walk around, begging sympathy from society, or they'll label them "ableist scum" if they don't grovel a bit and kiss their ass.
High functioning kids with autism just look like pedophiles you'd see on Fox News, that just seem to use their condition to prove how "great they are" with their nasally garbled voice while they hold poky in one hand and a manga book in another hand.
Yes sure, Autism's great to be a heathen and claim tax benefits, while treating your kid like shit behind closed doors. But long term, your kids either going to get shot by somebody who hates "bumbling troglodytes" or if your kids high functioning and looks like a creepy pedo/weaboo is going to get jail time once cops find kiddie porn on his computer because next door neighbor reported "suspicious behavior".

Autism is bullshit. Parents with autistic children should be demonized rather than praised. Cause most parents of autistic children are verbally and emotionally abusive narcissists that use their kid as a scapegoat for their problems. Or as an ego booster because their character is inexsistent.

I hope one day mental health culture will be abolished in the future because narcissists are ruining the earth. And keeping retarded kids that will never contribute to society is pointless. Just take em out like the boy in the movie Ol' Yeller. When his dog got rabies, that boy did that dog a favor and took that dog outta his misery. Keeping retarded kids is for people with low self esteem and daddy issues. Because retarded people can't confront you, report you if you violated them in any way, shape, or form, or go outside and be productive members of society. Parents with low self esteem want to control people because they can't themselves, and that's why many of them adopt retarded kids. It's comfortable to manipulate and control them.

Autism parents are narcisstic heathens making it miserable for everybody else. And that "autistic people are unique" bullshit sounds new age to me. Tired of it. I know butt hurt narcissists will demonize me for my harsh opinions, I don't care. I'm executing my free speech. It's America for fucks sakes. Not North Korea.

Ali: Wow Queenie!

You are exactly what you accuse the Autistic community is doing. The hypocrisy within your ableism is astounding because you haven't even research it before bitching about it! How stupid can you be? 'Autism is fake?' Who are you to decide that? Are you a certified psychologist/psychiattrist/neurologist? 'Narcissism?' Clearly you show a thing or two about it via some long-ass crybaby rant. I see that you are only self-projecting because 1.) YOU expect folks to coddle you/blindly agree with you (hence your claim that anyone who disagrees is Narcissisttic) because 2.) You are not the center of the sympathy and you are definately not the center of Autism awareness as you claim. So in your own eyes the only person who deserves overwhelming support is you! Developmenttally disabled people are more prone to physical/verbal/sexual abuse so why are you so envious of them so badly? Cry me a river!

Pete Powell: I was diagnosed with Asperger

I was diagnosed with Asperger's and it really annoys me how they lump low functioning autism with high functioning Asperger's. I don't feel any connection to the mentally retarded people who don't speak. Maybe there are similar symptoms in the same way colds and flu are similar but they're not the same.

JB: I agree. Unless your child

I agree. Unless your child has classic autism with clearly marked deficits, e.g. very low IQ, extremely delayed or absent speech, etc, I don't truly believe the majority of kids diagnosed these days have anything "wrong" with them. The autism "spectrum" is just byproduct of the overemphasis on conformity that America promotes. Over time the definition of Autism has changed from children with severe mental deficits to basically children with "odd" interests. On top of that, with the invention of the Internet and social media, it's relatively easy to grow into being an adult these days without ever developing real face-to-face social skills. These days kids can spend their childhood and teens playing video games instead of interacting with their peers, allowing them to miss crucial social experiences and developmental periods. It's pretty well-known that millennials have suffered from social skill deficits when compared to the previous generations, partially because they don't need to use them nearly as often in day-to-day life.. Does that mean they have autism? No, most of them just lack the amount of social experience that the previous generations were forced into.

Cora Hubert: From a mom

My child was diagnosed yesterday with mild autism. The behaviors of wanting to wear the same shoes, the same clothes, being obsessed with a certain toy that we have to take EVERYWHERE. Screaming because the sun is out and it hurts his eyes or he didn't exit out of the right car door. Seeing a son struggle on how to start a social interaction and seeing him hate himself for it. Crying because someone tries to hug him and it is just too much. For any parent with an autistic child you get it. And for those who don't and think it's made up walk in my shoes. Autistic children are beautiful..different like all of us and need to be understood...just like all of us. Then there's plain stupidity of the common people and there's no fixing that.

Howard: Aspbergers

I am actually diagnosed with aspbergers myself, which I have to say is complete and utter nonsense in itself, however I can not speak on actual severe autism considering I have never personally known someone with the "disorder" or whatever they are calling it these days, but I would infer that is has little basis in reality as well---- however, as for my "aspbergers" I was COMPLETELY misunderstood and misintereted into the "aspbergers" label, whereas I actually am a completely functinal, socially competent person, who is admiringly very unique and I guess even quirky as I am SO unique, but I actually like being unique and do not see it as a "disorder". This is because I know that the human brain and personality is so malleable, and I know that I have complete control over how I act--- so I can act weird or "normal" or however I please---- I just prefer to act "unique" because I like to stand out, like to be remembered, and like to be my own person. And actually having my own unique personality has really benefited me personally as a lot of people generally like my personality and feel that it is very strong. Anyways, I will believe in "aspbergers" or "autism" if STRUCTURAL differences in the brain are found to be true---- however, if we archaically diagnose people with so called "disorders" based on the notion of "normal" or "socially acceptable" opposed to BIOLOGICAL, then we will to continue to regress as a society and become more and more pathetic lmao. Okay so basically rant over, yeah, long story short, aspbergers, first hand is either drastically over diagnosed, fantasy, or what I suspect, a combination of the two. As for autism, perhaps some people do have a brain problem that makes them act a certain way, but until ACTUAL proof comes out putting these disorders in black and white, I think these "diagnoses" are just plain nasty.

Ass-burgers: I have Asperger's, or at

I have Asperger's, or at least that's what I tell people. I did get an official diagnosis; that wasn't hard at all. Now I play the Asperger's card anytime I want special treatment. Try it; it's awesome!

Anonymous: As an autistic person, I can

As an autistic person, I can say that this is absolutely closed-minded, ignorant, and idiotic in general. Autism is a real mental disorder that I have. I get extreme anxiety socializing, learning, and standing in crowds. I've had all of these symptoms since birth, and I was brought up in a family where my parents would actually help me socialize, learn, and deal with large amounts of people, but nothing worked. You can't tell me that I am faking these symptoms, especially when I've had them since birth. People that also show symptoms of ASD and ADHD are above average intelligence.

This article is backed up by nothing but the persons own opinions. You are required to show scientific proof that autism doesn't exist for it to not exist.

Quinton Figueroa: Everybody gets anxiety to
@Anonymous (view comment)

Everybody gets anxiety to different degrees, you get it to an extreme degree. There are other pros that you have such as attention to detail that other people don't have. Does this mean that they are reverse-Autistic? You're not faking it, that's who you are, and it's not wrong to be that way. I'm on your side, I'm not attacking you. Did you even read the article?

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