As they say in the world of the spectrum, if you know one person with autism, then you know one person with autism. Like many things in life, people come in all shapes and sizes and as I like to say, we all have our special abilities.
Now where my son ends up is anyone’s guess. I have a good friend whose son is autistic and high-functioning. My son is also high-functioning but not to that degree, so we’ll have to see how it plays out. For many however, the trip is much more difficult.
I will say that this article over at Huffington Post was a hard one for me to read. It’s entitled “My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About” by Bonnie Zampino. I think as she states near the end of the article, More education, more understanding, more inclusion and more involvement are all needed. By everyone.
She also points to the story coming out of California where several families in one neighborhood are suing another family because as they contend, their child (who is autistic) is a public nuisance because of his behaviors that his parents failed to fix.
At this point and with a little help from the judge, the education process has started. This according to the article over at Disability Scoop entitled “Neighbors Headed To Mediation In Autism Public Nuisance Suit ” by Tracy Seipel. Here’s hoping the understanding, inclusion and involvement will follow.