Apparently, there’s one part of autism I didn’t know about. Apparently, with autism, it’s quite “difficult to understand social norms”. And then there’s me, who basically just spits all over those norms.
Given that, I think I’ve figured out the real reason why some people would want there to be a cure for autism. The reason is because autistic people often don’t conform to social norms.
Sadly, we live in a society that somehow expects everyone to fit in a certain box, and some people can’t stand the fact that people with autism can’t exactly fit in that box (or at least not all the time).
When will people like Jenna McCarthy or Michael Savage learn that autism is not a disease; it’s a difference. I’m I the only one who thinks that my autism is a blessing rather than a curse? I think that the way my autistic mind works is a sign of individuality, and not of disability.
Of course, the problem is that society has a collective mindset. They establish one or more authority figures, all of which saying the same things, and when they say what’s best, society interprets it as a set of commands. Anything contradicting the opinions of the hive-mind we call society is shunned and looked down on.
It took me a while to figure all this out, but I think that society has a problem with the sheer individuality of the autistic mind. Some parents see it the same way, and try to suppress that individuality, while disguising the motivations (the parents would act as though it’s for their own good, when really they don’t want to be the odd ones out).
From this, it’s pretty obvious that we should stop searching for a cure and start respecting the fact that autism is a difference. When will that happen? Probably as soon as autism is no longer politicized.