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.
- Parents wanting to cure their loved one of Autism
- 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.