Speak for yourself about whether or not you want a cure. My autistic son is 21, non-verbal, will never live independently, has horrible seizures, gut issues, OCD, and debilitating anxiety. I love him and accept who he is. He has a lot of gifts, but I would give anything for his life to be easier, more independent, and with more opportunity. He will never hold a job, never get married, never live alone. We just this year figured out who would care for him after we are dead. It’s a fear that has consumed us for decades.

Neurodiversity is a great thing and it adds a lot to humanity. Greater acceptance is something to work for and something I continually advocate for. But not everyone on the spectrum has the same life that you do. Speak for yourself about what you want and feel. You don’t speak for me and my family.

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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