The Autism OpEd Piece that SHOULD have been…
Thank you, Jess.
To the parents who said that Suzanne Wright’s Op-ed reflected their experience with their children,
I want you to know that I hear you.
I want you to know that I do not paint Autism with just as broad a brush as Mrs. Wright did.
Autism is a spectrum. A spectrum as vast as the entire human experience.
A spectrum upon which there are indeed people who cannot manage the most rudimentary aspects of self-care without significant support.
I do not seek to erase your experience, and more importantly, your child’s experience, from Autism’s narrative, any more than I will stand for my child’s experience being twisted into a narrative that is not hers.
Autism is not unicorns and rainbows.
Not for us, nor anyone I know.
It is a disability.
A disability that can make communication challenging, if not seemingly impossible.
And with no accessible means of expressing…
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