This was also discussed at length in the Aspies For Freedom forum.
If Aspies were the majority of the population, then the Neurotypicals would be handicapped, because we would set the standards on how a "normal" brain works, which means a lot of NTs would need the help of an Aspie caretaker, to cope in an autistic world.
The Aspie caretaker would have to teach an NT, on how to deeply concentrate for a very long time. Maybe 12 to 16 hours a day.
The NT would also have to learn, to cope without small talk and much socializing.
We would probably call most of them "low-functioning NTs", because Aspies have a higher IQ on average. Only the very few NTs who fall into the gifted range would be called "high-functioning NTs" (Because they can keep up intellectually, but would still have those debilitating socializing traits... etc.)
Aspie scientists would be intrigued, by the neurological deficits of the NTs, for example:
-One in 20 000 NTs has perfect pitch, among autistics it's one in 20.
-Many aspies can dream lucid, which means we are aware of the fact, that we are dreaming and can actively decide what to dream, and when to wake up. Most NTs have to passively endure their dreams, no matter how terrible they are.
(In my case, I have an internal alarm clock, which means, I can decide how long I want to sleep, without being torn out of a dream by a real alarm clock, which means, I get up like an androit that's switched on, without being drowsy in the morning.)
-A lot of aspies are synesthetes, can write backwards, are ambidextrous, and so on.
In an world full of autistics, these things would be as normal, or common, like right-handedness.
(and I haven't even included the savants, and their bizarre talents, because they only make up 10% of the autistics.)
Of course, autistics will admire the NTs rare neurological gift to empathize, it's just of no use, if only one in ca. 200 people share that talent.
Some of the more understanding autistic therapists, would refrain from trying to cure NTs, but would provide "noise rooms" for NTs, where they are allowed to be themselves for one hour a day. This would be called "sensory accumulation" therapy. A lot of Aspies would be annoyed by the high costs to treat NTs, so they might consider eugenics, to get rid of that illness altogether.
In an autistic world, NTs would probably face severe punishments, even jail sentences, for the following crimes:
1.) making torturous noises, like whistling, speaking in high pitched voices, shouting, etc.
2.) wearing strong perfume/after shave.
3.) touching/tapping someones arm or shoulder, and trying to maintain eye contact.
4.) engaging someone in a superficial conversation
5.) trying to grab an autistic persons attention, intruding their world, while they're "zoning out" or distracting them, when they are preoccupied with their special interest.
6.) installing bright lights would be illegal.
These things contribute to sensory overload, and it results in frequent melt-downs, which causes us stress and pain, so all these things would fall under the neurological injury act.
Autistics would also ridicule NTs, for their desire, to maintain a balanced diet, owning clothes in many different colours, styles and textures, and painting the walls in their homes white.
Those things wouldn't be illegal, but if they annoy the neighbours with that kind of eccentricity, NTs could face getting an ASBO.
Confusing autistics with ambiguity would be a minor offence, too.
NTs would also have severe difficulties forming relationships, because their need for attention, care and empathy is rarely met by the much more self-sufficient autistics.
NTs would hardly be able to change anything about their situation, since a tiny minority, has no political lobby, and what accomodates the majorities needs, is what's considered right.
Sounds like hell, doesn't it?
The thing is, this is not ironic, it would probably really be like that!
I hope noone took that personal, it wasn't meant to be an attack on NTs, just a satirical way of explaining.
I'm not sure how well known that fact is: Aspies For Freedom aim is, to get the United Nations, to accept us as a minority group, to be protected from discrimination. Here's the declaration
, if anyone is interested.
anna, do you want to interview autism experts or aspies? Would you do that online, or in person? If you're looking for more aspies, IM me.
Sorry for this Tolstoi novel gargantuan post.