This is more important to me than my bicycling and whatever. Please read and absorb.Ableism, Choice and Society Bull****

I don’t know if any of you watched the most recent (3/10/16) episode of Australian Story. It was a doozy. The story was about two young adults, Michael and Taylor, who are in love and want to…

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6 thoughts on “This is more important to me than my bicycling and whatever. Please read and absorb.Ableism, Choice and Society Bull****

  1. foothillbilly Post author

    Yes, it is. I posted about this largely because I have a relatively severe learning disorder that went undiagnosed until I was 45 years old. I could have been one of the couple featured in that TV show, but I escaped and went on to have my own life. I have also worked for several months with the “developmentally delayed,” which showed me that the question of “agency” drastically affects the lives of those who are diagnosed.

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    1. foothillbilly Post author

      No, or at least not primarily. I have Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD or NVLD). That’s an awkward name because people associate “nonverbal” with people who don’t speak, and this is almost the opposite. In NVLD, the language side of the brain/IQ works well, but the “performance” side has deficits. That leaves a person with ordinary or better speech and reading but lesser motor skills and also issues about nonverbal communication and social learning. Each person with NVLD has his or her own set of abilities and deficits, which makes us vary as much as people with Asperger’s or ADD.

      NVLD is measured by an IQ test, and 1 to 1.5 “standard deviation” between subtests is diagnostic. In my case, I have a difference of more than 4 standard deviations, which is basically unknown territory.

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    1. foothillbilly Post author

      You’re welcome! You wrote very clearly and did a great job. People here (the USA) seem to be completely unaware of the issues around agency, so I appreciate the chance to enlighten them.

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