Autism Is Like When Your Car Has An Unbalanced Steering Wheel…

…whether it pulls a little or a lot to one side, you must always adjust for the pull, and nobody should be shocked if sooner or later you land in a ditch.

Disclaimer

Although I think the core analogy is sound and quite useful, this version of it, by putting the source of the need for adjustment in the “unbalanced steering wheel”, suggests implicitly that there’s something wrong with being autistic. The day after posting the above, I wrote a much better, non-ableist version of the analogy. I have decided not, however, do delete this version, because I think a comparison of the two does a nice job of explaining some core problems with ableism.

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    1. I’m glad you like it! Hopefully it’s useful and not actually insulting because it suggests that autistic people are somehow “unbalanced”, but that’s not really what I mean by it. It’s just that our balance is set for a curved road. Anyway, I hope I didn’t just alienate myself from the autistic community too.

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      1. Meh, there’s always a few people in every “community” that aren’t going to like what you have to say.
        You’re explaining your point of view. If someone doesn’t like it, they can counter it with *their* point of view.
        I wouldn’t worry about it…

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      2. Thanks. I really like the analogy because it’s simple, clear, and the pull strength maps easily onto the idea of a spectrum. Also, it implicitly debunks what seems to me anyway to be the common misunderstanding that autistic people have two basic classes of problems: those having to do with being autistic, and those that don’t. Autism exerts a pull on every problem, and not just for the autist, but for anyone who cares about him or her as well. There is just no escaping that pull. For some it may be stronger than others, but it’s always there. Gee, maybe I should put all that in the actual post. LOL

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