Managing Editor's Note: For countless families whose kids are getting older, autism may be the norm in their household, as it is in my own, but it is hardly normal when you live in fear of violence at the hand of your precious child. Institutionalizing your child, whether you call it camp, residential school school or something else, isn't normal either. It's an agonizing decision I've watched friends make. No one wants to have to send their child away because they pose a threat to the rest of the family. This sort of violence is not criminal. People with autism who suffer from myriad physical ailments and live with unrelenting frustration by virtue of their communication deficits are not vicious or evil or bad. But they can be violent - and it's foolish and naive to deny that. Autism is NOT the new normal. Families are drowning, dying even, and the answer isn't "acceptance" because society is not going to accept people who pose a threat. Men who beat their family members or caretakers will face a life of chemical and physical incarceration. We'd best find treatments for those here, prevention for those yet to fall to autism and a whole hell of a lot of services for families like the Koumoutseas, whose lives have been changed forever by their son's autism. We can not remain silent on this issue. It's only going to get worse as the kids get older. We need families in the Koumoutseas's dilemma on the IACC. President Obama, Senator Dodd, Dr. Insel, the disability community leaders need to hear from a Mom with a fat lip and her arm in a sling. THIS IS AUTISM TOO. From The Telegram.com. Please comment on their article.
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