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text 2017-12-12 12:23
Reading progress update: I've read 202 out of 239 pages.
The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters - Dana Lee Baker

Obama thought that vaccines might cause autism?! He goes down in my estimation.

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text 2017-12-10 00:27
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 239 pages.
The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters - Dana Lee Baker

"Stereotyping and humour can sometimes be helpful in educating the public."  The author seems to have dimly grasped that subversion of stereotypes and satire can be useful but fails to explicitly use those terms. To horribly stereotype, I suspect this is because of the USA's weak grasp of the concept of irony...

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text 2017-12-08 17:44
Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 239 pages.
The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters - Dana Lee Baker

Interesting point about the effect of celebrating neurodiverse high achievers: does this devalue people who simply aren't capable of excelling at something or does it make clear that having some cognitive difference isn't an automatic barrier to contributing to society? 

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text 2017-11-22 18:49
Reading progress update: I've read 106 out of 239 pages.
The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters - Dana Lee Baker

Various Canadian and U.S. Politicians: We need a cure for autism because it's expensive!
Me: Fuck off, you eugenics-promoting crypto-fascist assholes.

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text 2017-11-09 18:46
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 239 pages.
The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters - Dana Lee Baker

The history of de-institutionalisation: The author notes that provision of care in the community was initially woeful. Fails to note that this was because the right-wing governments involved only did it to save money so they just closed the institutions and didn't bother with even attempting to provide replacement care because they didn't give a shit.

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