(Poll) Arguments for and against a cure for #Autism? 



[democracy id=”18″]
I know this is a very touchy subject, and I totally understand why. Frankly, I’m not sure which is more of a hot button topic, vaccines, or curing Autism.

I’ve spoken about this in the past, but I recently ran into a situation where I was asked to support a cause, that ultimately was pursuing a cure for Autism. I politely declined to lend my support, because this is one of those issues where you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. 

There are two sides to this debate.

  1. Parents wanting to cure their loved one of Autism
  2. People who are horribly offended by the notion of curing Autism (think adult Autistics and parents of kids with Autism who wouldn’t change their child for anything in the world)

In my opinion, there’s truly no right or wrong answer here. I lean towards not being interested in a cure, but I totally understand why some would want to pursue one.



One of the reasons this is so sensitive is because not everyone can see this from both sides.

 

Autism is so tightly ingrained into what makes a person who they are. The question becomes, can you remove Autism without completely changing who the person is? In my opinion, I don’t think you could.



People get offended by the idea of a cure, especially adult Autistics because many are proud of who they are, and wouldn’t want to be any different. I can totally understand that, and I see why they would be offended by the idea of a cure.

A cure gives the impression that there’s something wrong with them that needs to be fixed or removed. Many adult Autistics are happy being who they are, and God bless them for that. We should all be so lucky as to like and accept ourselves for who we are. Frankly, I stand with them on this. I agree with them and truly respect their stance.

On the flip side of the coin, there are some situations in which I can understand why a parent would want to pursue a cure.

To put this bluntly, not every child with Autism is high functioning. The reality is, some kids are very low or non-functional. Put aside the enormous task of caring for them; it’s hard not to see these kids as being trapped inside their bodies.

In situations like this, I can understand parents desire to free their child from the Autism that has seemingly imprisoned them.

Pages ( 1 of 2 ): 1 2Next »

Take a second and answer the poll

Is school a positive experience for your child with Autism?

Facebook Profile photo

About Rob Gorski

Father to 3 with Autism and husband to my best friend. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)

  

38
Leave a Reply (Login to the site or comment as a guest)

Please Login to comment
avatar
24 Comment threads
14 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
8 Comment authors
Anthony TurtleRob GorskiStefanie SackstriniwifeWildcat Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Stefanie Sacks
Guest
Stefanie Sacks

I have autism an even though it hard .i don’t like hearing cure for disabilitys .it diff then illnesses I guess becuse you hear so many talk about people like us in a bad way .an knowing how people of my realign an race were treated during the holocaust .an what they did to us with disabilitys ,was awfull .so it touchy .imlike more help for us an stuff .but Rember there wouldn’t be a lot of good things eathir with out some people with mild autism Like the computers an stuff .im not like them .i go to a… Read more »

Rob Gorski
Admin

Thanks Stefanie…. Great to hear from you. It’s been a little while. 🙂

Anthony Turtle
Guest
Anthony Turtle

Stefanie, great reply. Autism is your superpower, it makes you what you are, it lives with you, not you with it! Well done.

I have arthritis, I would dearly love a cure for it, but not a cure for autism as I know some fantastic people with Autism and I would not care to see them change.

BeckyW
Member
BeckyW

Now see, I don’t assume that a cure would totally change an autistic person’s personality. I would hope it would add something instead. For most autistic people, communication is very difficult. So making better communication would be a win win.

BeckyW
Member
BeckyW

Now see, I don’t assume that a cure would totally change an autistic person’s personality. I would hope it would add something instead. For most autistic people, communication is very difficult. So making better communication would be a win win.

Suzanne
Guest
Suzanne

Autism is not a disease as we cannot die from it

Suzanne
Guest
Suzanne

Autism is not a disease as we cannot die from it

triniwife
Guest
triniwife

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have Autism or to someone who has a loved one with Autism. Everyone connected with it are amazing people in my opinion.

triniwife
Guest
triniwife

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have Autism or to someone who has a loved one with Autism. Everyone connected with it are amazing people in my opinion.

triniwife
Guest
triniwife

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have Autism or to someone who has a loved one with Autism. Everyone connected with it are amazing people in my opinion.

triniwife
Guest
triniwife

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have Autism or to someone who has a loved one with Autism. Everyone connected with it are amazing people in my opinion.

triniwife
Guest
triniwife

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have Autism or to someone who has a loved one with Autism. Everyone connected with it are amazing people in my opinion.

triniwife
Guest
triniwife

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have Autism or to someone who has a loved one with Autism. Everyone connected with it are amazing people in my opinion.

triniwife
Guest
triniwife

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have Autism or to someone who has a loved one with Autism. Everyone connected with it are amazing people in my opinion.

triniwife
Guest
triniwife

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have Autism or to someone who has a loved one with Autism. Everyone connected with it are amazing people in my opinion.

Stefanie Sacks
Guest
Stefanie Sacks

I have autism an even though it hard .i don’t like hearing cure for disabilitys .it diff then illnesses I guess becuse you hear so many talk about people like us in a bad way .an knowing how people of my realign an race were treated during the holocaust .an what they did to us with disabilitys ,was awfull .so it touchy .imlike more help for us an stuff .but Rember there wouldn’t be a lot of good things eathir with out some people with mild autism Like the computers an stuff .im not like them .i go to a… Read more »

Rob Gorski
Admin

Thanks Stefanie…. Great to hear from you. It’s been a little while. 🙂

Anthony Turtle
Guest
Anthony Turtle

Stefanie, great reply. Autism is your superpower, it makes you what you are, it lives with you, not you with it! Well done.

I have arthritis, I would dearly love a cure for it, but not a cure for autism as I know some fantastic people with Autism and I would not care to see them change.

Stefanie Sacks
Guest
Stefanie Sacks

I have autism an even though it hard .i don’t like hearing cure for disabilitys .it diff then illnesses I guess becuse you hear so many talk about people like us in a bad way .an knowing how people of my realign an race were treated during the holocaust .an what they did to us with disabilitys ,was awfull .so it touchy .imlike more help for us an stuff .but Rember there wouldn’t be a lot of good things eathir with out some people with mild autism Like the computers an stuff .im not like them .i go to a… Read more »

Rob Gorski
Admin

Thanks Stefanie…. Great to hear from you. It’s been a little while. 🙂

Anthony Turtle
Guest
Anthony Turtle

Stefanie, great reply. Autism is your superpower, it makes you what you are, it lives with you, not you with it! Well done.

I have arthritis, I would dearly love a cure for it, but not a cure for autism as I know some fantastic people with Autism and I would not care to see them change.

Stefanie Sacks
Guest
Stefanie Sacks

I have autism an even though it hard .i don’t like hearing cure for disabilitys .it diff then illnesses I guess becuse you hear so many talk about people like us in a bad way .an knowing how people of my realign an race were treated during the holocaust .an what they did to us with disabilitys ,was awfull .so it touchy .imlike more help for us an stuff .but Rember there wouldn’t be a lot of good things eathir with out some people with mild autism Like the computers an stuff .im not like them .i go to a… Read more »

Rob Gorski
Admin

Thanks Stefanie…. Great to hear from you. It’s been a little while. 🙂

Stefanie Sacks
Guest
Stefanie Sacks

I have autism an even though it hard .i don’t like hearing cure for disabilitys .it diff then illnesses I guess becuse you hear so many talk about people like us in a bad way .an knowing how people of my realign an race were treated during the holocaust .an what they did to us with disabilitys ,was awfull .so it touchy .imlike more help for us an stuff .but Rember there wouldn’t be a lot of good things eathir with out some people with mild autism Like the computers an stuff .im not like them .i go to a… Read more »

Rob Gorski
Admin

Thanks Stefanie…. Great to hear from you. It’s been a little while. 🙂

Anthony Turtle
Guest
Anthony Turtle

Stefanie, great reply. Autism is your superpower, it makes you what you are, it lives with you, not you with it! Well done.

I have arthritis, I would dearly love a cure for it, but not a cure for autism as I know some fantastic people with Autism and I would not care to see them change.

Stefanie Sacks
Guest
Stefanie Sacks

I have autism an even though it hard .i don’t like hearing cure for disabilitys .it diff then illnesses I guess becuse you hear so many talk about people like us in a bad way .an knowing how people of my realign an race were treated during the holocaust .an what they did to us with disabilitys ,was awfull .so it touchy .imlike more help for us an stuff .but Rember there wouldn’t be a lot of good things eathir with out some people with mild autism Like the computers an stuff .im not like them .i go to a… Read more »

Rob Gorski
Admin

Thanks Stefanie…. Great to hear from you. It’s been a little while. 🙂

Anthony Turtle
Guest
Anthony Turtle

Stefanie, great reply. Autism is your superpower, it makes you what you are, it lives with you, not you with it! Well done.

I have arthritis, I would dearly love a cure for it, but not a cure for autism as I know some fantastic people with Autism and I would not care to see them change.

Stefanie Sacks
Guest
Stefanie Sacks

I have autism an even though it hard .i don’t like hearing cure for disabilitys .it diff then illnesses I guess becuse you hear so many talk about people like us in a bad way .an knowing how people of my realign an race were treated during the holocaust .an what they did to us with disabilitys ,was awfull .so it touchy .imlike more help for us an stuff .but Rember there wouldn’t be a lot of good things eathir with out some people with mild autism Like the computers an stuff .im not like them .i go to a… Read more »

Rob Gorski
Admin

Thanks Stefanie…. Great to hear from you. It’s been a little while. 🙂

Stefanie Sacks
Guest
Stefanie Sacks

I have autism an even though it hard .i don’t like hearing cure for disabilitys .it diff then illnesses I guess becuse you hear so many talk about people like us in a bad way .an knowing how people of my realign an race were treated during the holocaust .an what they did to us with disabilitys ,was awfull .so it touchy .imlike more help for us an stuff .but Rember there wouldn’t be a lot of good things eathir with out some people with mild autism Like the computers an stuff .im not like them .i go to a… Read more »

Rob Gorski
Admin

Thanks Stefanie…. Great to hear from you. It’s been a little while. 🙂

Anthony Turtle
Guest
Anthony Turtle

Stefanie, great reply. Autism is your superpower, it makes you what you are, it lives with you, not you with it! Well done.

I have arthritis, I would dearly love a cure for it, but not a cure for autism as I know some fantastic people with Autism and I would not care to see them change.

Belinda
Guest
Belinda

Without a cure you have no options. With a cure you can choose whether or not to use it and it could make a world of difference for a lot of people.

Belinda
Guest
Belinda

Without a cure you have no options. With a cure you can choose whether or not to use it and it could make a world of difference for a lot of people.

Wildcat
Guest
Wildcat

I like that you’re coming at it from both sides. However, I’m one of those autistic adults who will tell you until my lungs collapse that there is no cure and there shouldn’t be. Let’s think of this: All the chronic diseases in the world, from cancer to ALS to Alzheimer’s, that really are fatal and really do need a cure. All the autistic children with a keen interest in medicine who might one day find a cure for a condition that truly needs one. If we try to cure them of autism, and somehow succeed… what, then, have we… Read more »

Wildcat
Guest
Wildcat

I like that you’re coming at it from both sides. However, I’m one of those autistic adults who will tell you until my lungs collapse that there is no cure and there shouldn’t be. Let’s think of this: All the chronic diseases in the world, from cancer to ALS to Alzheimer’s, that really are fatal and really do need a cure. All the autistic children with a keen interest in medicine who might one day find a cure for a condition that truly needs one. If we try to cure them of autism, and somehow succeed… what, then, have we… Read more »