Get Me Out of This Stinking Cradle! I’m Not a Baby!

Cambria's Big Fat Autistic Blog

As I’ve been roaming around online, I’ve come across a disturbing thing: A person faced what has been called infantilization of autistic people. The commenter got a flat-out accusation of lying because she was not “innocent” and “sweet” like an autistic should be. I wanted to go to this person and ask whether or not she understands that autistic children grow up, but sadly, I can’t. This is a problem among people who think of autistic and other disabled people as children. This usually denies us rights that neurotypical adults enjoy all the time. 

Now, what are these rights supposed to be? Well…. 

THINGS CHILDREN CAN’T DO THAT ADULTS CAN, UNLESS ALLOWED 

  1. Make Decisions 
  2. Hold Bank Accounts 
  3. Have Sex, Even in Marriage 
  4. Get Married 
  5. Anything Sexual 
  6. Have a Relationship outside Parent/Child unless allowed
  7. Control their own finances
  8. Dress themselves 
  9. Feed themselves 

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