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Taking a Position: Autism Awareness

  • Posted on April 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

April is Autism Awareness month. April is almost over. I think I’ve put this off as long as I can. *sigh* So, here it goes…

Autism Awareness is a good thing if:

  • It promotes the well-being and dignity of people with autism.
  • It reaches out to those who are not aware of autism and helps them to become not only more aware, but accurately aware.

Autism Awareness is a bad thing if:

  • It promotes the fiscal well-being of so-called autism organizations over the well-being and dignity of people with autism.
  • It only reaches out to people within the greater autism community, particularly when it is derisive to people without autism and/or when it uses “straw man” arguments to discredit another’s point of view.

Seems simple enough, right? Yet, over the years, I’ve seen so much bad “Autism Awareness” that I’m rather disgusted with the whole mess of it; so, for the most part, I opt out. I don’t want to fight about it. I don’t want to debate it. I don’t even want to discuss it. I just want my boys to have a fair shot. That means I live “Autism Awareness” every day of every month of every year, and I’ll probably be doing that for the rest of my life. I leave April to those who can put “Autism Awareness” away when May comes around, and to those who can’t but aren’t tired of the show for the show’s sake.