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Hello. I (as you can probably tell from my username) have Asperger's Syndrome, a high functioning form of Autism. I created this poll because I am interested to know your opinions about Autism Spectrum "Disorders". Please answer as fully as you can. :)
What do you think Autism is?
A horrible, tragic disease that causes people to be mentally retarded and incapable of emotion.
A neurological gift that causes one to be a genius.
A horrible disease that causes incessant screaming.
A neurological difference with varying degrees of severity. Autism has good and bad effects.
No "cure" for Autism has been found, and in all likelihood, one never will be. If, hypothetically, a "cure" was found, do you think that individuals on the spectrum should be cured?
A. Yes, but only if they want to be.
B. Yes, but only the low-functioning ones.
C. Yes, but only the high-functioning ones.
D. Yes, they should all be cured, regardless of their preferences.
E. No, they wouldn't be the same person if they were "cured". It's a form of murder.
If you chose answer A, please specify your reasons for choosing this answer.
If you chose answer B, please specify your reasons for choosing this answer.
If you chose answer C, please specify your reasons for choosing this answer.
If you chose answer D... Okay, you idiotic fascist, explain to us the reason behind your twisted and offensive point of view.
If you chose answer E, please specify your reasons for choosing this answer.
Only answer this question if you are Neurotypical (not Autistic). Many people on the spectrum (including myself) do not want to be "cured". Why do you think this may be?
Only answer this question if you are Autistic. Which of the statements below most accurately describes you?
A. I am proud of who I am and of my differences.
B. I do not like having Autism and I want to be like everyone else.
If you chose answer A, why are you proud to be Autistic?
Special interests
Skills
Intelligence
Advanced sensory perception
Logical thinking
Lack of the need for social interaction
Because being proud of one's identity is healthy
If you chose answer B, why don't you like being Autistic?
Lack of social skills
Poor motor skills/coordination
General clumsiness
Executive dysfunction
Hypersensitivity
Social anxiety
Other (please comment)
Overall, do you think Autistic people should be...
Proud of themselves and their differences.
Ashamed to be different.
This poll was created on 2012-10-16 22:30:20 by Aspie&Proud