I scanned several of them and they were full of empty rhetoric and blind hate. My son was not “born that way.” He had an abrupt regression at age 15 months. The child I knew disappeared in front of my eyes. I personally know about 10 other people that had that exact same experience, but to people like you, they don’t count or even exist, which is incredibly negating and pretty much destroys any small credibility you might have with your complete lack of empathy. Even Temple Grandin and the former head of the NIH have said that we have not adequately investigated regressive autism, which accounts for about 1/3 of all cases.

And no, autism rates have not increased exponentially due to better diagnosis alone. In the same time periods, rates of ADHD, allergies, and asthma have also increased exponentially. When I was in school, no-one had a lethal food allergy. Now it’s pretty common. Where did that come from? It turns out that the toxins your grandparents were exposed to were very likely passed down to you.

I’m all for neurodiversity, but your blind disregard for fellow humans who are really suffering in a way that you apparently haven’t destroyed any standing you have to speak about my family’s experience.

The fact that you don’t care about my son or people like him because it doesn’t fit your narrative is why I have nothing more to say to you on this subject. The people who have made our experience with autism the worst are people like you; the people who have made it the most hopeful and positive are people like those from Autism Speaks.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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