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https://corticalchauvinism.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/yuval-picture2.png?w=470My name is Yuval Levental.  I am on the autism spectrum, and I have controversial views on this matter: I believe a cure/medical treatment should be available (with consent), and I also believe that we are far closer to finding cures/medical treatments (in some cases) than most anticipate — as verified by a scientist, Dr. Manuel Casanova.

I believe that a cure should be available because the unemployment rate for autistic individuals is significantly higher compared to the general population and most other disabilities, and that even proponents of the neurodiversity model claim that they support neurodiversity because they can’t find another possible solution for autistic individuals.  For instance, Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, who claimed that Einstein might have “signs of autism”, said that he just wanted depressed/suicidal autistics to feel better.  Steve Silberman, a controversial neurodiversity advocate, said that there was no hope for a cure or treatment.  At the same time, I do acknowledge that many autistics benefit from their autism and do not need treatment, but far from all fit this possibility.

I believe that medical treatments in many, but not all cases, are much closer than we anticipate.  This is because I discovered a 2011 study, which claimed that certain autistics had different facial features than non-autistics.  I then went to a plastic surgeon to get a consultation.  The doctor there said that the muscle on top of my nose was working too hard, potentially causing a lot of the autism symptoms I have.  He said that to relieve the pressure, he would inject Botox in the muscle area, which would weaken it by blocking neurotransmitters for three-four months.

Up to now, I have had four botox injections; they were on July 18, 2016, December 20, 2016, April 20, 2017, and July 31, 2017.  As a result, my obsessive routines faded or completely disappeared, and I also became more organized.  I started to see learning less in terms of awards and academic prestige, and more in terms of the joy of discovery, being that infinite knowledge is impossible.  Before the treatments I couldn’t sit still for two hours at a time; now, I can sit still for as long as is needed.  The only downside is that I cannot do mental arithmetic in my head as fast as I used to be able to, but the tradeoff was definitely worth it.  I might get invasive plastic surgery in the future to ease the intracranial tension more; this will be further decided.

Anyway, be sure to check out my essays on autism!