“The Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida: A Reconsideration of Autism, Empathy, and “Mind-Blindness” — Voices in Bioethics

I actually just read this over the weekend. It was very good.

by Sara M. Bergstresser• The field of bioethics has the potential to contribute to a better understanding of how the medical and social assumptions that accompany diagnostic categories impact the people who have been diagnosed. In particular, autism has recently been characterized as being defined by an inherent lack of empathy and as a state […]

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4 thoughts on ““The Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida: A Reconsideration of Autism, Empathy, and “Mind-Blindness” — Voices in Bioethics”

  1. I read this book, and so did my son who is 13 with autism. I found it very interesting, quite funny and heartwarming in places, and i got a little tearful in others. Well worth a read, but also worth remembering that all people are different, including those with autism, and so what are the thoughts of this lovely young boy, are not neccesarily the thoughts of another x

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    1. That is true… however one thing bothers me a little about your statement, and I am sure this was not your intention.

      All people are different… that already induces all people with Autism.. because we are all people. So why wouldn’t we all be different? 😉

      (Not picking on you -just see comments like this all the time…) ❤

      Reminds me of the saying "When you've met one person with Autism – you've met one person with Autism."

      Think about how bad it would sound if you said – If you've met one African American, you've met one African American – implying that people think all African american people are the same.

      I do not believe you think this way, I have just been feeling very aware of stereotypes in society laity, and have been paying attention to how hurtful they are to everyone.

      This is exactly why we need people to understand Autism vs being aware of Autism. I think everyone at this point knows Autism exists, and that a lot of people "have it".

      But people think that Autism is a thing attached to a person, something that should be removed or changed. My Autism is how my brain works, my Autism makes me who I am.

      Anyway. I could go on and on… thank you for inspiring me to put those thoughts on the page. 🙂

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      1. Yes I completely agree with you, everyone is different, and I do not like the way people are stereotyped either, maybe I am just not as good at you at wording my thoughts correctly 😀 xx

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