Before my son was diagnosed, my view of autism was overwhelmingly negative. I saw it as something that needed to be cured. Ray Hemachandra has written a beautiful piece on why it is not OK to say that we hate autism. Really thought provoking and worth considering, he explores how a person can accept autism, but still seek therapy for an autistic child. I don’t agree that all parents who say, “I hate autism” are abusive. Many parents of autistic children lack the social support and help they need for their children. Many lack the experience with older autistic adults to understand how autism can be a benefit rather than a curse. Greater awareness is desperately needed, but let’s not tear down those who are struggling.
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