Nickie Coby (puppybraille) wrote,
Nickie Coby

More thoughts on the meaning of independence or interdependence

Why do we tend to confuse independence with doing the most socially normative thing? And why is social normativity considered the most positive way to be. I realize that the wording I'm using isn't correct, but I'm too tired to think of the right terminology.

In social work, we watched a video documentary that portrayed a young woman with autism. She used facilitated communication to communicate. She is able to speak, and does so to an extent. One student commented that where she works, they would work with her to have her speak, not use facilitated communication. Maybe I'm comparing apples to oranges, but why is speech so much better than facilitated communication? Or, put another way, why is it necessary to only use a cane (or dog), and not choose what works best for you?

I find it much easier to talk about this with blindness, and much harder to draw parallels to other areas of life. But it makes me nervous to make blanket decisions on what a person should do, just because they can. It might be socially normative to drink on one's twenty-first birthday, but it is clearly not a good option for me with all of the medications I'm on.

Not sure where this is going. I'm entirely too tired...

Tags: social work
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