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September 25, 2009

Time to Change How You Think About Autism.

With so many people and organizations trying to rid the world of autism, those of us who are do not think along these lines feel a sense of urgency for the greater need to raise positive awareness.

While others are seeking for acceptance in how they were born, others simply want to ensure that autism is no longer part of their lives.

To eradicate something that defines, in many ways, who a person is and how they interact with the world is what some scientists, researchers, and parents are attempting to do at an alarming rate.

Yes, at times, living with autism can be very challenging, but if more people would just stop and remove their selfish personal agendas out of the picture, perhaps then, they would be able to see autism for what is truly is.

I believe autism has presented itself in such great numbers because maybe it’s time for the world to change it’s views and attitudes on those things that are perceived as different or odd.

Instead of changing autism so that it blends in, perhaps we should be sitting back and seeing the valuable lessons to be learned.

It is time for the us to change the conversation.  It is time for us to put our needs aside and be more considerate and empathetic of others.

It is time for us to Rethink Autism!

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UPDATE:

It’s videos like this (produced by Autism Speaks) that make individuals, who are  living with autism and who like who they are, feel less than!

CHANGE THE CONVERSATION!

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[Transcript via Codeman38]

I am autism.

I’m visible in your children, but if I can help it, I am invisible to you until it’s too late.

I know where you live, and guess what? I live there too. I hover around all of you.

I know no color barrier, no religion, no morality, no currency. I speak your language fluently, and with every voice I take away, I acquire yet another language.

I work very quickly. I work faster than pediatric AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined.

And if you are happily married, I will make sure that your marriage fails. Your money will fall into my hands, and I will bankrupt you for my own self-gain.

I don’t sleep, so I make sure you don’t either. I will make it virtually impossible for your family to easily attend a temple, a birthday party, a public park, without a struggle, without embarrassment, without pain.

You have no cure for me. Your scientists don’t have the resources, and I relish their desperation.

Your neighbors are happier to pretend that I don’t exist, of course, until it’s their child. I am autism.

I have no interest in right or wrong. I derive great pleasure out of your loneliness. I will fight to take away your hope. I will plot to rob you of your children and your dreams.

I will make sure that every day you wake up, you will cry, wondering ‘who will take care of my child after I die?’ And the truth is, I am still winning, and you are scared, and you should be.

I am autism.

You ignored me.

That was a mistake.

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