Originally Posted by ShaggyDaddy
Everyone is kind of dancing on the topic, but I will let you know what we are talking about.
Presupposing that Autism is *caused* by something, is an encompassing assumption that Autism is harm, and can (and therefore should) be prevented and treated. Categorizing Autism as a mental/neurological defect tends to be offensive to the large numbers of Autistics and parents of Autistics out there who have chosen acceptance.
In my household we celebrate Autism. We love the world in our own way, we experience things differently from other people, and we would not change it for anything.
Thank you for writing this.
My son has Downs Syndrome. He is nine months old.
I have been struggling to find words for some of my feelings about my son. The above quote beautifully sums it up.
I admit to being confused by some of the previous posts. The OP does not seem negative to me. I did not "get" what everyone was feeling so touchy about until I substituted Downs Syndrome for Autism after reading the quoted post.
To the OP, I just want you to know that I understand why you might be asking this question.
As a newbie to the special needs world I am not quite sure of what is common knowledge and PC. Sometimes I am guilty of asking an inappropriate question. Sometimes I express a less than enlightened view. I am just starting my journey with my son and I am coming here to learn.
I hope that others will keep this in mind.