Over the many years that we have been ringing the autism alarm at Age of Autism, the most painful realization has been how little anyone in the public eye, government, media, medical field and often worse, friends and family seems to care. “Tsk tsk. A shame. So what’s for supper?” When your loved one is hurt, or killed, it's more than a shame. It's not acceptable loss. It's a trauma.
I couldn’t help but connect our experience as parents of vaccine injured children to the media reports that President Trump does not seem to care.
The US president says: 'Well, I think it’s a shame' when asked by a White House reporter about the 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the US – a fifth of the global total and the highest of any country worldwide. He claims the US could have had 2.5 million deaths 'if we didn't do it properly'. Source The Guardian
The reports are all similar, that the President is showing a callous disregard toward some 200,000 Americans dead. Callous disregard - sounds familiar doesn't it? The reports cry out that 200,000 is too high. It could have been prevented. Perhaps. And if your loved one has died, 1 is too high.
No matter your thoughts on the COVID lockdown or the number of deaths reported (too high or too low) aren't you intrigued and enraged at how the world has changed so fast for a viral pandemic while ignoring the autism epidemic that has ravaged far more than 200,000? This doesn't mean we write off the deaths, when we know all too well that when tragedy hits home, the statistics cease to matter.
We’ve been living the Covid existence some of us for in the autism world for 20 or more years. Social distance? We call it "No friends, and family won't tolerate us at Thanksgiving." Virtual learning? We call it 20 years of PBS kids, Nick Jr and YouTube. Can't leave the house without hand sanitizer and a mask? We pack diaper wipes and toddler toys that haven't been made for 15 years.
I’d like some outrage for autism. I suppose it's why Age of Autism still exists. We can't stop telling the world about the epidemic. To do so would be a shame.