I won’t speak for autistic people as a neurotypical person, but I’d like to share their own words.
From me, you are valued whatever your neuro ends with. My daughter was not something to be cured, or prevented. My sister-in-law is no less special – in fact, since diagnosis she has blossomed. Be accepting, not just aware.
Today is World Autism Day. Today, many people have participated in “Light it Up Blue”. I am not one of them.
Please do not misunderstand. I am not trying to ignore autism. I am not trying to say acknowledgment of autism and the move toward greater awareness is a bad thing.
But you are not my friend if you participate KNOWINGLY in an event that was created by an organization who portrays autistic people as burdens, who for a long time were very anti-vaccine in their rhetoric, who have filmed a then-member of their board talking about her thoughts about killing her autistic child and herself (but didn’t because her NT child needed her), and who silences autistic people, removing the very mention of us from our own stories, because clearly, portraying us as capable would ruin the image they are attempting to portray of us. This organization, of course…
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