Autism groups and parents everywhere have met Ms. Wright's letter with scorn and offense, saying that Ms. Wright's claims of suffering of both people with autism and their families doesn't encapsulate autism. In particular, neurodiversity groups have gone on full range assault stating that millions of autistic people have succeeded and are happy, in spite of their challenges.
Don't even get me started on all the criticism of Autism Speaks.
While this debate, and many others on autism rages on, beautiful moments like this one are happening. Kids (and adults) on the spectrum are finding their gifts, becoming successful and finding a place to belong.
I must say that while I have opinions on all of autism's debates and at times, when I am feeling particularly feisty will sometime engage in
Ultimately, there is room for all these points of view. Just because I have a child with autism doesn't mean that I know what is best for someone else's child. Hell, I am not even sure that I always know what is best for mine.
And that's the thing about autism. There is no buying off the rack. It's designer all the way.
It's a custom made enterprise, with lots of different designs, fabrics and colors. You have to go through a lot of try-ons before you find something that fits. Sometimes you need to throw out your stylist and go for a new look. On some, it looks wonderful, and enticing, on others you end up looking like Bjork in a Pelican dress. Sometimes the one that looks beautiful on one, looks like a burlap bag on another.
For some, it seems like nothing will ever fit like a glove.
So, while Autism Speaks is not my favorite organization out there, and I sometimes have a problem with the stand neurodiversity takes, and I am not a GFCF advocate, I think it is good that we have all these different types of organizations out there because our autism probably doesn't look like yours and what we need is different than what others need.