This is an utterly stupendous piece on advocacy and acceptance by Amy Sequenzia at the Autism Women’s Network website.
“Autistic children do become autistic adults. At different times in our lives, through a diversity of manners, we saw what was, and still is, wrong with how the conversation about autism happens.”
“The ‘awareness’ message says: beware of autism. Your dreams for your child are now shattered and the events in your life will be devastating.”
“I believe, and many other autistics also do, that the message should be more like this: we are autistic, part of a large spectrum, and we all need some type of service or accommodation. We need acceptance. If you fear us, or who we are, your children will experience the same stigmatization we experience now. You are the majority that can help us, the minority. But we are the ones with the experience to help the future generation of autistics.”
“When neurotypicals say we are hateful, it is usually following our response to mentions of the need to cure autism. The words used are “hopeless”, “tragic”, “without a future”, “descending”, “and devastating”. Using such descriptions to attack autism is to attack us; curing autism means getting rid of us.”
Please go read it.