August 2, 2007 by Marj Hatzell
Just had to change gears today. One of my favorite blogs, Autism Diva, has posted a gut-wrenching post today. There is a link to a site called, “Where’s Molly?” that I want y’all to check out, because this is what would have happened to my Bugaboo had he been born forty years earlier. Maybe fifty, but the trend back then was to put kids like Bugaboo away where no one would see them or ask about them. There were places like this so close to my home I cannot even bring myself to think about it. These children were warehoused, drugged, sterilized. Their parents were told to forget about them, that they could not possibly raise these children. They were told to throw away their pictures, get rid of every trace. And thousands of children like Bugaboo were left in those places to languish without education, proper care and love.
Sorry to be depressing. This is reality. Kids like Bugaboo exist and it is time that society realizes that and takes responsibility. There are still so many out there that think Bugaboo should just be put away and forgotten. There are still institutions (that go by the more PC term “residential facilities). There are still children sent to these parents when their parents are too afraid to care for them or are told that they cannot possibly handle their care. There are still places that drug , abuse, mistreat and “shock” our kids. And this is all in the name of “treating” them. Of course, some children living at home suffer much worse treatments at the hands of their very own parents, but that is another post for another day…
I’ll try to be back to my normal, carefree, flighty, ADHD self by tomorrow.