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Autistic and Proud

Who said that everyone was supposed to be the same? While many parents stress about getting their children vaccinated or advocate for funds to find the cause and cure for autism, others are taking a different approach. A group of people who have been diagnosed with the developmental disorder and some parents of autistic kids are saying that more energy should go to setting up services to accommodate those who have already accepted their circumstances and wouldn't have it any other way. They say that there is no one face of autism.

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amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I do not have a child with autism but I have worked with them. I agree that some of them are perfectly capable with extraordinary gifts and I worked really hard to encourage them to strength those gifts (to be used to their advantage) as well as attempt to help them learn in other areas. This group is inspirational when it comes to these children because they give them a voice that sometimes is lost.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
lickety split, I have to agree with you. My son is on the mild to moderate end of the spectrum and doesn't display a lot of the typical behaviors of autism, but he still has quite a few markers. Enough for a diagnosis. I love him just the way he is, but to have him be normal like any other 17 year old would be a dream come true!! I know I might not get kisses like I do now or I might not be his best friend if he were a normal teenager, but I would get so much more...he could play sports, he could have a girlfriend, he could get married and have children someday. All the things I would have wanted for him. If there were a cure...GIVE IT TO ME! That doesn't mean I love him less because he is the way he is though. I feel for any parent who has a child with severe autism. I cannot imagine that. My son is 17 but more like 6 or 7. And probably will be for the rest of his life. If I could give him a normal life I would do it in a second.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
where to begin. i have past experience with this group and lets just say we don't see eye-to-eye. those of them with a diagnosis of autism have an excuse because they don't have theory of mind. but the parents of those kids are just in denial. that woman who wouldn't change her son; yeah tell yourself you actually have that choice, maybe that gets her through the day. my daughter suffers everyday. she physically abuses herself unless she is very medicated. she is frustrated by almost everything in her environment. her quality of life is minimal. i would do just about anything to "change her". she will outlive me by how many years?? so then the job of caring for her will fall to her younger sisters. a life long burden emotionally, financially, time wise, etc. considering that she is literally at the mercy of every individual she comes into contact with not to take advantage of her that is quite a responsibility. like having a 18 month old forever. btw, 85% of kids with a diagnosis of severe autism are sexually assaulted mulitple times before the age of 18. so over the span of their lifetime what do you think that percentage is? who wouldn't want to change that. honestly i wish this group would just go away. extra services go only so far; we need a cure for all of us affected by autism. if they choose not to use the cure that's their choice. don't try and deny the rest of us.
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