autism awareness month

6 Apr

April is National Autism Awareness Month.   Autism groups from around the country are having all sorts of events this month.  In general, I think it’s a good thing.  But, as I have mentioned before, I get a little sensitive about calling autism a disease.  Many other high-functioning autistics would agree with me.  We like to think of it as just a different way of processing information, a different brain structure.

I think we need to be very careful about referring to autism as an epidemic, as if it’s the plague or something.  This implies that we need to be cured.  A lot of us don’t agree with that.  Sure, we need to do more research.  Sure, we need to help people become functional members of society.  But we don’t need to be fixed.  We’ll never be “normal” and that’s okay.  I think we need to focus on promoting neurodiversity too, so that people understand that it’s just another way of being.  I’m talking to you, Autism Speaks.

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One Response to “autism awareness month”

  1. Steve Michaels June 19, 2011 at 19:40 #

    Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often can be reliably detected by age 3. In some cases even earlier than that. Recent studies suggest that kids may eventually be accurately diagnosed by the age of 1 year or even younger. One thing for certain is that if your child shows any of the early warning signs of autism then they should be evaluated by a professional who specializes in autism disorders. Visit my site to learn more about autism signs and symptoms http://www.americanautismsociety.org

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