Very informative essay on self-ID and its effects on social policy. The construction of public policy is heavily influenced by small but outspoken lobby groups but they can undermine both existing legal and regulatory framework.
The `neurodiversity` movement, which includes people who are the most highly functioning people with ASD and also those who self-ID as autistic, has championed a view of ASD as `a difference, not a disability, but still expects to speak on behalf of people whose social interaction and communication is severely impaired. This behaviour blurs the differences between perceived as opposed to actually identifiable illness.
The reward for those claiming to be ‘different’ is tangible, and this reinforces the self-held belief that their difference is real as opposed to imagined.
A guest post from Fiona Sinclair.
To all those who are aghast at the SNP’s decision to reserve the top spots on theHolyroodregional list for candidates who `self-id` as disabled, I sympathise, but have to tell you that this shoddymanifestationof identity politics has beenevolving over some years. It may well be the case that you or your family members have had to jump through hoops to get diagnoses; sweat blood to prove to the DWP that you are not a fraudster; have struggled to persuade your local authority to provide an education appropriate to the needs of your child, but you will just have to thole the fact that it is now acceptable for an aspiring politician to self-identify as neurodiverse, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, or whatever disability or fictional disability takes their fancy, in order to give them a head start in landing a candidature.
This kind of pauchling…
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