I don’t get why people are so defensive of Toni Braxton’s announcement that her son is no longer on the Autism Spectrum. Autism cannot be cured. That’s not just my opinion but instead a medical fact.
I don’t really care if she actually said he was cured or if she simply said he’s off the spectrum. The only two ways off the Autism Spectrum is a cure, which doesn’t exist or death. Not to sound too dramatic but there’s a reason they say Autism is a lifelong condition.
If the reality is that Autism cannot be cured, then how is her son no longer Autistic? Either she simply no longer considers him to be on the spectrum, which is her biased opinion or he was misdiagnosed in the first place.
There’s not a whole lot of wiggle room with scientific fact…
The problem I have with all of this is the message it sends. The reality of the world we live in is such that celebrities carry more klout with the public than actual doctors and scientists, who’ve dedicated their lives to the study of things like Autism.
When someone like Toni Braxton makes a claim like this or even insinuates that her son has been cured, it’s dangerous because people believe her. It’s things like this that harm the Autism community by spreading misinformation.
Let’s say she didn’t mean he was cured. Every press article I’ve read is talking about her son being cured, so the message is being delivered, regardless of the original intent.
My stance is this. By saying her son was no longer Autistic, what did she expect the world the think? If you say that someone no longer has cancer, what do you assume? They’ve been cured or maybe remission right?
Her general statement sent a very powerful message, whether it was intended or not. When you are in a position of influence, whether you should be or not, you have to be very careful what you say because your words can be very powerful.
That’s my point.
I feel statements like this just contradict all the efforts we put into things like Autism Awareness Month. We educate the public about Autism and in one breath, a celebrity comes along and completely contradicts one of the most basic, fundamental facts about Autism and people believe it.
I would like to know what you think about her statements.. Please be respectful of everyone’s opinion and let’s have a productive discussion about this very hot topic….