In the autism community, there are many huge rifts. One of the biggest, the cause of the most heated comment threads and blogs, is the idea of the “cure” for autism.
Medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies are searching for a cause. Many in the natural health community claim to have the cure.
Currently, there is no cure and those who claim to know the cause are speculating based on circumstantial evidence.
Parents, scientists, healers, physicians and educators almost always have something to say about the “problem” of autism.
While they debate, research and attend fundraisers, people with autism watch and wait.
They are not waiting for the “cure” or for the answer to why they are unique, they are waiting for someone to ask for their input.
If they were questioned, they would have a lot to say.
A large majority of people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome (mild autism), would tell you that they are not looking for a cure, just a little help.
They want help with sensory issues; itchy clothes, bright lights, and loud noises.
They want help with social situations; making friends, dating and job interview etiquette.
Parents of autistic children want practical help. Raising an autistic child requires expensive therapy, special schools or the time and money to home school.
If something resembling a “cure” were found and administered, many autistic people fear the result would be the loss of some very creative minds. Minds that autistic people are very proud to have.
A “cure” to many of them means taking away a huge part of who they are. According to Dr. Temple Grandin, professor, inventor and autistic, “If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.”
If a scientist were to look for a “cure” for a particular race, eye color or cultural background, they would be laughed at and censored. Yet, this is how many autistic individuals feel about a search for a cure, seeing it as insulting and prejudiced.
In modern society, those with impressive social skills get elected, get better jobs and make more money. Therefore, they make the rules.
If autism has committed any sin, it is not adhering to these social rules and laws that govern the planet.
So the more innovative autistics will just sit quietly, write great stories, invent new technologies and fill their creative minds with new knowledge. One day, perhaps, one of them will discover the cure for the hearing impairment that afflicts the non-autistic community when autistic people try to talk about autism.