April 30, 2009 by Marj Hatzell
I know I don’t post specifically about Autism very much, but since it’s Autism Awareness month, the news seems to be getting slammed with Autism stories. Just like I don’t identify myself strictly as a mom (although I cherish my role as a mother) I don’t identify myself strictly as a mother of autistic children. Still, every once in a while, things pop up that make me think. So therefore, in an effort to educate y’all, I’m sharing it with you.
Ignorance creates fear. Lack of information causes folks to deduce their own hypothesis. And because we have some loony toons in the media, constantly blasting the government and doctors and such about how gosh-darn-awful autism is, the autism community has been breeding fear. Well, one teeny aspect of the autism community. Thing is, there is no money in getting on tv and saying, “Nope. My kid ain’t autistic because of vaccines. He’s pretty cool, actually. I like him. Don’t get much sleep, but I think he’s pretty nifty the way he is!” Yeah, see, that sells no books. Get’s no government settlements. Also doesn’t start heated discussions and flamewars on the internets, producing scathing e-mails (ok, I lied. It TOTALLY starts heated discussions. I am apparently a neglectful mother because I don’t give my kids all kinds of supplements, chelation and hbot treatments).
So. Beings it’s the last day of Autism Awareness Month, I thought I’d share with y’all just how I feel about it. While I’m sometimes sad and curious as to whether or not I will ever have a conversation with my son, the truth is that I JUST DON’T CARE. I know my son better than I think I’d know him if he were “normal” and I learned unconditional love. I learned to accept my child the way he is and not have preconceived notions about who he shoud be when he grows up. I’ve also learned extreme patience, due to the fact that my children can be a bit of a handful. Hear that? That was a thousand moms telling me that their kids/boys are handfuls, too. No. I don’t mean a normal handful. I MEAN AUTISTIC KIDS CAN REALLY BE A HANDFUL. If you don’t have an Autistic kid then you have no idea. Just sayin’. Just like I don’t know what it’s like to have girls, twelve kids, a miscarriage, infertility, a chronic disease, breast cancer or lose a child.
Here’s autism in the news:
Amazing six-year-old can dig a hole to China!
Have fun. Be enlightened.