Autistics who think that autism is a disorder and not just "a different way of thinking" are being silenced by the advocacy community. (youtu.be)
There are many autistics who genuinely want to be cured of their condition, and would love to see a world without autism in it.
They see it as a disability that has only brought suffering to them and their loved ones, and are frustrated with those who try and pretend that it's not the negative condition that it is.
So many people who are autistic or are involved with autistics are quick to speak for the whole of the group, some speak for them by claiming it's a disorder autistics want to be cured, others by claiming its something they want to be accepted as not being a disorder at all, both are wrong.
There is no consensus among people with autism regarding their condition, some think one way, others think another, yet these representatives and organizations try and claim a uniformity that isn't there. By pretending there is a united front and trying to silence the other opinion they do a great disservice to the very people they pretend to represent.
Almost as bad are those who try and advertise the syndrome as if it were something cool and unique, especially all those who proudly proclaim themselves to have it, whether or not they actually do have it.
We've entered an age where everyone wants to have a mentally illness and to show it off like it was something fun and a source of pride, rather than something debilitating and a source of shame.
It reminds me of that part of "diary of a wimpy kid" where the main character breaks is friend's arm, and his friend gets all kinds of sympathy and special treatment for it.
So the main character pretends his own arm is broken, just to seek all the attention and ability to tell others what to do that comes with it.
All the privileges given to those who are suffering from a condition (because they literally require it to function normally), without actually having to suffer the condition (they look up symptoms and try to get others to believe they have the condition they do not have).
They are exhibiting the symptoms of a mental disorder, it's just not autism: We are living in an age of munchhousen syndrome. This is a world where people are starved for attention and power, they think that having autism gives you attention and the power to control others or flaunt social rules.
A truly autistic person tries to behave normally and learn to think more like ordinary people, they are forgiven for the mistakes they may make at times.
A faker will instead make no attempt to conform or function, and will instead just enjoy flouting the social conventions of their society while attacking anyone who tries to reign them in.
After all, that's what they seek out, the ability to be as inappropriate as they want and then shame those who address them for it.