Sunday, March 28, 2010

Nominee to Disability Council Is Lightning Rod for Dispute on Views of Autism

As diagnostic categories get expanded to include less disabled people, it seems that there will be more examples of people advocating that their condition be de-medicalized. This New York Times article describes a 22 year old man diagnosed with Asperger syndrome wants autism to be considered as a form of "neurodiversity"  and funds devoted to finding its cause and cure be spent on providing accommodations. In the past I've run into people diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder making similar arguments.  When I imagine our society becoming thoroughly medicalized, with the concept of the normal losing its meaning, I imagine that the process of de-medicalization will grow dialectically.  I am wondering if there is a literature on the process of de-medicalization.

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