Much of this is not my reality but it is the reality of many people whom I call friend. So please, I want you to read this with as must seething anger as I feel when I type it:
Despite what Hollywood would have you believe, autism isn't always a visionary version of genius, a different processing unit, or the quirky side of normal.
Autism IS a neurodevelopmental brain disorder. Autism can make people's lives very scary and confusing. Autism can and does hurt children and their families.
Here are some terms that many live with:
Intense Behavioural Intervention
Little to No Awareness of Danger
There are many more.
Autism IS NOT A NEUROTYPE that should be celebrated. When you posit such bullshit you tell the world that we do not need research, therapy and medical attention for autism. It is both irresponsible and dangerous.
Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)