Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.
e-mail: batushkad@yahoo.com

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I believe it is necessary to distinguish between the terms 'having' autism and 'being' autistic. The former implies that the person has an entity that thus must be eradicated or altered or 'cured'. The later implies the way the person interacts with their world, who they are. If we see persons as 'having', then we can use force or coercion to get rid of that entity and make them something other than what they are. If we see the person as 'being', then our efforts are not to alter the person, but to support the person.

Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.


International Center for Humane Psychiatry

Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Autism Acceptance Project
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

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