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From an autism mom, on the dangers of only portraying people with autism as somehow super-human:
“Because - over my dead body - will he be relegated as somehow less worthy for not doing the unexpected and unrealistic," she said. "The presence of an autistic adult in the world who doesn't make the newspaper is not a statement of failure. Not of society, not of his family, and certainly not of himself. And other than steadfastly insisting he be given every reasonable opportunity any other person has to live, learn, and grow, no other declarations need be made - and no dead bodies required.” ... See MoreSee Less
Many of these success stories in the media are not representative of individuals with autism. It is so important to recognize that all children, youth, and adults are unique. We have to celebrate even the "smallest" successes and achievements.
I have told people the reality of what’s going on with my child and I often hear “don’t give up hope.” It has nothing to do with giving up hope or not believing in my child. It means I’m a realist and and although I continue with his therapies and try to give him all the experiences and opportunities that typical children have, I must plan for a future that requires more support and services than what a typical adult will need. This will not change no matter how many inspirational videos people send me.
This post really hit home for me. My son will never achieve the traditional “milestones” of adulthood, and that doesn’t mean I didn’t try my hardest because I did (and I continue to do so). I also feel bad for people who “fight” certain illnesses and don’t win. It doesn’t mean they didn’t fight hard enough. There are things we don’t know about autism and many other disorders and illnesses. Some people respond to treatment better than others. It doesn’t mean they didn’t try, and it doesn’t mean they are somehow not worthy. Today we celebrated my son Matthew’s 23rd birthday. He was happy, and for that I am grateful.