Posted in Asperger's, autism

This Person Needs To Become A Human Being

A #ThrowbackThursday post once again acknowledging autism. #Autism Awareness Month.

I know there are some really whacked, sicko people in this world.  But sending a letter to an autistic boy’s grandmother suggesting that the child be euthanized?  That person doesn’t even deserve to breathe the air of the earth.  They can’t even be called a “person”, not much a “human being”.

And this “being” was such a coward that they had to type the letter and send it anonymously.  Instead of berating the child for the way he is, which is not something he can help, since he was BORN THAT WAY, this “being” needs to gain some kind of understanding about autism.  Then again, this “being” probably has the IQ of zero and wouldn’t know how to learn anything about the condition.

No, the family should not have to move or euthanize him.  But maybe this poor excuse for a “being” of who-knows-what-kind should consider moving or euthanizing themselves.

This “being” better hope that nothing serious ever happens to either themselves or their loved ones because they would never be able to handle it.  If their child gets cancer they’ll have to get them euthanized.  When this “being” gets Alzheimer’s maybe its children will have it euthanized also.

When I speak about autism, I speak from experience.  I have a sister who has been autistic for 28 years.  She is the light of our family’s life.  She brings more joy to those around her than this piece of shit, trash, excuse for a “being” of any kind will ever bring to anyone’s life.

I say to Max, Brenda and Karla, the wonderful people in Canada affected by this insanity:  live on and do not base what you do in your lives on what this disgusting “being” says.  I already know you are strong people.  Let this incident make you even stronger.

Posted in Asperger's, autism, writing

Awareness Gains Acceptance

April is Autism Acceptance Month.

Autism is well beyond just awareness.  Awareness means we know autistic people exist.  With facts such as:

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

how could we not know autistic people exist?

To move forward with a better understanding of autistic people, we need to move beyond just having an awareness of autism and gain an acceptance.

As a sister of a 33-year-old autistic woman  and the mother of a 12-year-old daughter with Asperger’s, I’ve experienced many years of advocating for both of them.  I’ve witnessed both overcome great odds, especially my sister.

My sister is a hot ticket and is fun to be around.  She is always coming out with something randomly funny and is just a joy.

My daughter is full of imagination and facts.  Everyday is a new experience with her.  You never know what you’re going to learn from one day to the next.

Although it would be great if autism didn’t exist at all, I think accepting that it does is the first step to making the world a much better and understanding place.