I would like the muckety mucks at The Autism Society of America to listen to this blacked out video of one of my daughters - who is in her 20s - keening, weeping and lamenting because a Nick Jr program was left off the Pluto TV schedule for a day. The actual screaming and sadness went on for a full day. I'm her mother and I had a hard time managing the screaming and inconsolable emotion. Now, imagine I'm a barely trained group home worker making $16 an hour on the last hour of an eight hour shift. She would be in danger. Is this the slight increase kind of autism than ASA wants us to recognize?
Autism Speaks is running feel good donation ads on major media. They want your money and ask you to develop awareness and acceptance. The money rolls in, but neither awareness or acceptance does anything concrete for people with autism - whether severely affected or not. Last week, we wrote about The Autism Society of America having downplayed the 22% increase in autism as a "slight increase." Jump in Autism Prevalence A Mere Blip to Autism Society of America Is that common core math? I've yet to see any version of autism that is “easy”. This doesn't mean a person on the spectrum, or autist, if they prefer that term, can't have a rich, satisfying life. Of course they can. But I think we need to acknowledge the tough parts too. LOUD and clear.