Ed note: The following is a spoof based on the DSM’s diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) 1 provides standardized criteria to help diagnose ISDs (Ignorance Spectrum Disorders).
Diagnostic Criteria for 608.00 Ignorance Spectrum Disorder as related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, among others:
Six or more items from (1), (2), and (3), with at least two from (1), and one each from (2) and (3):
Qualitative impairment in perception of others who present with differences as sentient, intelligent, capable human beings as manifested by at least two of the following:
- marked impairment in ability to overcome belief that nonverbal people (or people who struggle to communicate verbally) have nothing to say and / or no understanding of spoken language
- failure to get past assuming that verbal language is the only language with meaning and purpose
- a lack of spontaneous seeking to discern how others might prefer to interact
- a lack of ability to see that interaction and communication happen in many different ways
Qualitative impairments in integration of knowledge as manifested by at least one of the following:
- delay in, or total lack of, understanding of basic concepts such as the inherent value of human life in all of its various and wondrous manifestations, respect, dignity
- in individuals with adequate experience with those on the autism spectrum, a marked impairment in evolution of understanding of the disorder as a vast and varied spectrum as subject to the forces of individuality as any other human condition
- stereotyped and repetitive failures to act on the presumption of competence and the universal ability to contribute to society
- lack of varied, spontaneous displays of respect for others
Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior as manifested by at least one of the following:
- consistently speaking about an autistic person in front of him or her assuming s/he can’t hear or understand (or writing about autistic people as if they can’t now or won’t ever have the capacity to read)
- failing to consider the impact of one’s words or actions on the self-esteem, self-image, safety, credibility, mental health and / or well-being of autistic people in favor of one’s own agenda
- apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals such as silencing autistic voices by methodically excluding them (or contributing to their systemic exclusion) from conversations about autism
* Delays or abnormal functioning in at least one of the following areas, with onset prior to age 103 years: (1) respect, (2) accommodation and flexibility as used in social communication, or (3) imaginative and compassionate interaction with others
* The disturbance is not better accounted for by Pervasive Dipshitius Disorder or Generalized Asshat Disorder.
Ed note: This was inadvertantly very similar to this posting from the Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical from 1998. I hope you’ll check it out. They even have a handy test to see if you might be suffering from Neurotypical Disorder. 🙂