By Cathy Jameson
I try to stay as current as I can on autism topics and how they relate to Ronan’s situation. As I read, I’m exposed to the God-awful truth. Despite how much it sometimes hurts to learn what I’ve had to discover, I keep reading.
Not everything I’ve seen has been useful though. Sometimes I run across fluff pieces pawned off as the Gospel truth. This happens more than it should and occurs in more sources than I’d expect: magazines and books, on the internet and across the pages of newspapers worldwide. Apparently, the more sensationalized and inaccurate a piece is the better.
A few months ago I wrote a piece about an in-your-face
advertising concept I’d heard about on the radio. Many of us in this community have used ‘in-your-face’ writing to get our point across for some time. What if we added images that are visually honest also? The other side gets to sensationalize how safe and effective their products are in their high-dollar advertising programs.
So why can’t we, too, with our stories? I’m not saying that we would glorify what’s happened to our children. We’d continue to be 100% factual and add pictures that correspond to what our kids have had to bare—an unfathomable burden that came as a result of what’s been claimed as safe, but is rather, undeniably ineffective.
Not a pretty picture, huh?
I’m sure we couldn’t get away with those types of headlines or images. We’d probably be asked to take it down because it’s too ‘graphic’. Sadly, the truth hurts. Well, our children are hurting, too. They are hurting from their insides out. We know it. The other side knows it. It’s time the general public to know it, too.
Mainstream source say autism is really nothing to think about let alone worry about. In their fluff reporting, they won’t tell us reasons about why or how the epidemic started. They won’t offer any information on what can combat or reverse it either. You might see a pull-at-your-heartstrings type of story about a high functioning person who needs no support, but you’ll never see our gut-wrenching or call-to-action type stories we post here daily.
To continue to keep the masses calm, I’m sure the mainstream media will feed us their recycled stories peppered with inaccurate statistics. They’ll go on to state that all is well, that there is no epidemic and that some of our community’s heroes are wackjobs. That type of piss-poor reporting is appalling, and I believe they’ll someday have to answer to their inactions. Until they do, I wonder if they’d appreciate my attempt to create a more accurate layout for them.
If they’d choose to actually report on how some of our children landed their autism diagnosis…
If they really wanted to expose the truth…
the news was fit to print….
Surely, I jest. I wish I didn’t, but yes, in this case I do.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.