America is Egypt: The Land of Denial
Note that the author of this essay denies that autism is an illness, and that autistics can be uncontrollably violent, while, in the very same essay, she describes the actions of an uncontrollable and very violent autistic child.
(Excerpted from an op-ed essay in The New York Times)
Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown
By Priscilla Gilman
(Published: December 17, 2012)
...Asperger’s and autism are not forms of mental illness; they are neurodevelopmental disorders or disabilities.
...While autistic children can sometimes be aggressive, this is usually because of their frustration at being unable to express themselves verbally, or their extreme sensory sensitivities...
We should encourage greater compassion for all parents facing an extreme challenge, whether they have children with autism or mental illness or have lost their children to acts of horrific violence (and that includes the parents of killers).
Consider this, posted on Facebook yesterday by a friend of mine from high school who has an 8-year-old, nonverbal child with severe autism:
“Today Timmy was having a first class melt down in Barnes and Nobles and he rarely melts down like this. He was throwing his boots, rolling on the floor, screaming and sobbing. Everyone was staring as I tried to pick him up and [his brother Xander] scrambled to pick up his boots. I was worried people were looking at him and wondering if he would be a killer when he grows up because people on the news keep saying this Adam Lanza might have some spectrum diagnosis...My son is the kindest soul you could ever meet. Yesterday, a stranger looked at Timmy and said he could see in my son’s eyes and smile that he was a kind soul; I am thankful that he saw that”...
(Priscilla Gilman is the author of “The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy.”)