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I wish there were people in between, an advocacy group in between. A support group in between. I wish more people could bridge the gap and be comfortable saying that autism (in all its varying forms) can be good for some but sad for others. The outcomes are mixed, and so it's okay for our feelings to be mixed. While some celebrate, others should be allowed to mourn.
Just wondering if some of the Autism Speaks rhetoric is to get the money flowing? I saw the video and to me it was pretty typical of a fundraising video. If all you saw was happy, well functioning families, I don't think people would be whipping out the checkbooks. So it's a distortion of reality - but one that seeks to get donors giving money?
...same with the idea that it is "curable". If they didn't portray it as something that could be "cured" with more research/funding, why would anyone give the money? If you saw a video about someone who was a well-adjusted autistic who didn't need to be cured, then why would you give money?
how that for a straw man? LOL
|i think it's obvious alot of what autism speaks does and says is for money. i don't see how that is a straw man?|
|I also see my son, and see him suffer. He's angry, he's violent, and he hurts himself. His inability to control his rage scares the hell out of him. I see suffering in his eyes when he goes so far with his stimming that he causes bodily harm. I see his limitless frustration at not being able to process information or communicate what he needs. I see his fear, his terror, of simple things that overload his senses.
In so many ways, what autism adds to his life makes him miserable.
|You never hear a parent of a mentally retarded child say, "He's so great, it's just the retardation that is taking him away from me." You don't hear people talking about mentally retarded children saying that they are locked up inside their heads because they cannot understand certain concepts.|
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