Guidelines: Health & Biomedical

This group focuses on health and biomedical issues. Guidelines for staying on topic:

1) The topic and/or context should be about the health and biomedical issues that autistic adults in the group have encountered or are likely to encounter. Since autistics and NeuroTypicals have the same type of human body, it is unavoidable to discuss health issues faced by other groups of people. However, the topic should first and foremost be of interest to the autistics in the group, not the NeuroTypicals.

2) The topic should be based on scenarios that can be encountered in the real world. Topics about imaginary scenarios and magical worlds are not relevant.

3) The topic discussed should have the practical goal of making the autistics healthier. It may be interesting to discuss how recreational drugs affect autistic brains differently from NeuroTypical brains, or if autistics are predisposed to be more vulnerable to radiation sickness, but these belong more to an Interest Group.

4) We (autistic adults) are not interested in approaches that claim to cure autism. There are many other groups you can join if you like to discuss that topic. [Just to clarify, we believe that biomedical approaches can help improve the quality of life of many autistics and decrease behavioural issues, but these do not cure autism.]

5) The topic of health-related treatments and therapies will come up – with both scientific and alternative approaches. In the interest of keeping an open mind, we welcome everyone to share all their different approaches, but be aware that many of us love debunking pseudoscience and fake news.

6) Promotion of health products and services are also welcomed, provided that they are on topic. You can share if people ask, but keep it brief. You can reach out to interested members privately to give details but don’t spam the group.

7) Any soliciting or recruitment for MLM and investment opportunities will result in an immediate ban. You have been warned.

8) If you must really mention something irrelevant that is connected to a relevant topic currently under discussion, then remember to end it within three mentions.

 

Participants are welcome to share their experiences when it is relevant to do so. As there are many people who have shared about their autism experiences already, participants are advised to focus on depth, quality, and uniqueness. Share something that you don’t usually hear from other works on autism or something that gives a twist to the ordinary.

Do note the rules about keeping the group spam-free. If you must share a long essay or article, please upload it on a blog, website, Google Drive or another online service first, then share the link for us to read at our leisure.