Tuesday, April 7, 2009

April is Autism Awareness Month

I don't know if there is anyone left on the planet who is not aware of Autism. I think that we are all aware of it and how many people it affects (1 in 150). The question this month is:

Do we promote finding a cure for it? Or do we promote acceptance and neurodiversity and accomodation? There are many people who are quite offended by the idea that they or someone they love is "broken" in need of fixing or curing. There are also quite a number of people who believe that their loved one can't be who they truly are until we find a cure. The matter is deeply personal and very emotional for all who have autism or love someone who has autism.

2 comments:

Leslie said...

So timely for me .... Brighton was just diagnosed with Aspergers on Wednesday. No different for me, I've known something was different now we can move forward with whatever that entails.

Craft Matters said...

A thoughtful post Lisa. As you know, both my boys are on the autistic spectrum and I wouldn't have them any other way. I will explore your links!

Hope you and your family are all doing well - think of you often, especially when we are using the bear pillowcases or reading about grizzly bears. xxx