There has been much “blah, blah, blah” awareness activity over the decades, which is interpreted by social typicals as “doing something”, but as usual, empathy and reason, and the fundamental concept of justice, which are the basis for concrete action, prove to be beyond the capacity of the neurotypical “social brain”.
(Below my comment) is the link to a paper from 2001 that discusses the tangled categories, labeling, and confusion over diagnosis and attitudes toward “the retarded” that exist in the “helping, caring, fixing” industry; a mess which has only gotten more stupidly befuddled (taken over by pseudoscience-for-profit) over the past 16 years.
A severely limited and pathology-based social construct of “what it means to be human” has all but obliterated a medical point of view. The shift from biological “deficits” to “social deficits” in the definition of “retardation” (now ASD) has profoundly affected those Asperger individuals who do not have cognitive deficits, but are “lumped into” a spectrum of people whose common “offense” is to annoy neurotypicals!
To be labeled “socially retarded” in a society strangled by conformity of belief and behavior, is to be exiled from participation in the community; to be forever marked as an “outsider”.
This prejudice also misdirects funding and education away from “biologically affected” individuals, who need and deserve the support that can overcome many “functional problems”.
Inappropriate “policy and treatment” (based on the secular religious dogma that constitutes psychology and the social non-sciences), when directed at Asperger children, actually harms them, and society, by denying a legitimate type of human personality its “way of operating” in the world. This is a waste of lives and talent. But – any Asperger who points out “facts” that may clarify some of the “social mess” that is the contemporary mish-mash of ASD, is to incur accusations that this “disobedience to authority” is “proof of mental disturbance” that nullifies anything that an Asperger may say, regardless of common sense observation. Aided by this slander, in the public mind, “Aspergers are assholes” (for pointing out mistakes in socially- biased perceptions) has become the “definition” of being an intelligent analytical fact-oriented person.
The focus of the paper is sexual abuse, but the authors offer a “sane” description of those factors that contribute to the sad state of American neglect and persecution of “disabled, retarded, mentally ill” people and the failure to truly face up to facts.
The Pathology Obsessed have indeed pulled off a spectacular “miracle” – the INVERSION of intelligence as a developmental defect.