2/28/2008

In My Language

Amanda Baggs speaks frankly about the double standards placed on language and 'the disabled' using first her own language, then standard English through a computer program.

Wired featured her video recently and examined the assumptions made about autism and Aspergers, revealing the prejudices behind the science and psychology in relationship to those 'disabled' linguistically. The scientific arguments are painfully familiar - the objectification of an entire group of people by dominant paradigms which fail to recognize and respect the group enough to find fault in the dominant for it's labeling of the group as 'non-persons.'

" (the video)...is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not." - Amanda Baggs



Thanks to JeffL of the FLIPS forum for the link.

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