Now, April is about two days from being over. I don’t think there will be a lot more discussion on very much autism anymore. The next big autism day will be June 18, which is Autistic Pride Day. (I don’t care if you celebrate it, but I do.) I will have my April 2017 Journal up for people to see on this page. Here are a few thoughts on the state of autistic relations today:
It’s obvious we are not where we need to be. The largest known “Autism Charity,” Autism Speaks, still has a negative rhetoric when it comes to the autistic. Parents are still desperately putting their children on gluten-free and other restrictive diets, shoving bleach up their behinds or down their throats desperate for a cure, and cajoling their autistic children into making them act the way they want them to making them act neurotypical. Our current United States President believes autism is caused by vaccines. And we autistic adults are still being largely ignored in the conversation about us.
But, we have made small strides. There are some people out there who want us to be accepted. I like to call them Neurotypical Allies. Organizations are rising. Autistic adults are rising up to be heard. We are writing blogs. We are putting out information. We are learning to care for ourselves. We are learning to speak for ourselves and our kind. We are learning to speak for the autistic.
True, we are making strides. We are starting to move, but here is the truth: we still have a long way to go.