There is one problem with all this, and is the reason I think Geri Dawson’s comments are concerning and also very telling of Autism Speaks’ continued focus in eradicating autism. Those disembodied disorders? They are actually part and parcel of people, people with bodies, with brains and minds, people with disabilities. Every “cure,” “treatment,” and other intervention is not actually carried out against a disorder. It is carried out on and sometimes in, the bodies of real people, including children. Disability is embodied. It cannot be separated from the person who has it. Every attempt to eradicate a disorder has to be balanced against the fact that the disorder is carried within a person. Not so disembodied after all, creepy voices or tragic rhetoric notwithstanding.
by Paula Durbin-Westby