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As the mother of an autistic daughter, I watched your TEDx talk with great interest. After seeing it, I have some serious concerns about your remarks. Although I have no doubt that you have the best of intentions and sincerely want to help shine a light on the particular experience of girls on the spectrum, I’m afraid that you are unintentionally perpetuating some dangerous misconceptions about autistic people.
I’ve written a response to your talk on my blog, Diary of a Mom where its gotten a very passionate response from the autism community, and from autistic adults in particular. I’d be most grateful if you would take the time to read it. I’d be happy to follow up with you thereafter at your convenience.
As I said in the post, I very much appreciate your focus on girls on the spectrum — they are far too often overlooked and, as you noted, they face some daunting — and often misunderstood — challenges in navigating the world.
Please read the post. It’s important to a lot of us.
Author of Diary of a Mom
Ms Bazelon’s contact information can be found HERE. Please feel free to drop her a *respectful* note directing her here.
You can also tweet …
.@EmilyBazelon Pls read this response to your #TED talk on #autism and #empathy in #girls https://adiaryofamom.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/empathy-explored-and-ignored/ Thank You! @diaryofamom
… and I will retweet.