Voltaire is quoted as saying: “ Those who can induce you to believe in absurdities, can induce you to commit atrocities.” The great French philosopher’s statement is most relevant when addressing the numerous common perceptions of Autism.
For example, consider the following statement regarding Autism.
“People with Autism experience the world differently due to the impacts of a disease process. This disease process can be cured. Therefore Autism is a condition that we, as a society, have a duty to either eradicate or overcome.”
That opinion about Autism, founded upon lack of knowledge, is insulting to every Autistic person. The worst part of that misguided opinion is that it allows some to believe they’re doing the right thing by pushing for cures, prenatal testing, and actually abusing the Autistic both physically and mentally. Such behavior should be considered atrocities against humanity. The truth is somewhat different.
“People with Autism experience the world differently due to neurological variances that are hard-wired within them at birth. Autism is not the result of a disease process which can be cured. Therefore Autism is an aspect of life that we, as a society, have a duty to seek to understand, respect and accommodate.”
Millions of dollars are raised every year in the pursuit of curing or preventing the condition, without consideration for the opinion of those with the condition, or of the potential impact on families or our society. The Autistic don’t want to be cured of the way they think or feel, but helped to live a life they believe normal for themselves.
One organization, in the penultimate absurdity, raising tens of millions annually spends more money on prenatal testing than on helping those afflicted, and focuses more than ten times its budget on research for a cure or prevention over helping people.
Let’s face the fact that if prenatal testing were implemented, parents may opt to abort a fetus and try again. What if the Autism that child may develop is high functioning or Aspergers, and he or she is predestined to be a genius? Can prenatal testing tell us how any fetus will develop into adulthood; what their skills or intelligence will be, or what their personality may become? Of course not, which is another absurdity leading to the inevitable atrocity.
Imagine any parent discovering that their child will develop autism while still in utero. Realizing the cost of raising a autistic child, what options would or could they perceive except to abort the fetus? Would either parent consider that the child might be the next Einstein, Mozart or Lincoln? Would they think he or she may become President of the United States or would they see only difficulty ahead?
Even if the purpose of prenatal testing is to develop medications for pregnant women to prevent the development of Autism, the purpose is still absurd and the result of such testing would lead to unnecessary abortions. Just as the absurdity of people donating to such organizations believing their money actually helps the Autistic, when in fact only three percent (3%) goes toward services for families of the Autistic.
Marketing can be a wonderful thing, but misused it can guide a populous to donate under false messages, compelling people to do things they wouldn’t normally do and to believe things that simply aren’t correct – another unfortunate absurdity of Autism.
Autism is a real condition, but the people who live with it don’t wish to be cured, nor do they want money donated for the condition going almost exclusively to research. They need funding to help their families absorb the high cost of their care. They want understanding created, focused on acceptance and against bullying – concepts that lack absurdity, and smack of patent sanity. They need law enforcement to understand their behavior, and people to know they’re no more criminal than anyone else.
To find ways to treat autism, to lessen its impact; to brighten their lives – these are things the Autistic deserve from research, and with grave absurdity, it’s some of the least focused directions researchers take, and least funded by the big money-making organization. We hold that donations to the cause should speak to the quality, not the altering, of life.
The Autistic are entitled to equal treatment in law, but need special considerations for their condition, though no more than is given to persons with other disabilities. They need judges, lawyers and juries to be aware that their Autism doesn’t make them bad people, but that they’re citizens too, with rights and liberties that should never be abridged.
That’s what Reform It Now is out to reform, the perception of the Autistic as less than whole citizens in the legal system. We’re here to advocate for them both individually and collectively. We’re doing it through education, and by helping the Autistic find competent, trained lawyers. We’re willing, ready and able to teach judges, prosecutors, public defenders, court officers and clerks to understand Autism.
On the larger scale, we intend to teach the general population the truth – that a person doesn’t lose their citizen’s rights because of a disability, and that all citizens are protected by the law.
Though Voltaire wrote that perceptive sentence many years before the United States Constitution was written, it is evident that the framers and founding fathers – all his contemporaries – understood his meaning and ensured the rights of all – equally.
The absurdity of the public concept of Autism many people believe has led to countless cases of atrocities against the Autistic; thus such absurdity must come to a finite resolution; one that embraces people, and their condition.
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