So they came out today. The new autism numbers from the CDC. They are already outdated. Am I scared of those numbers? No. Not the numbers. Do I feel like Autism is an epidemic? No. Do I feel like there needs to be a cure for autism? Nuh-unh. For if we cure autism, we simultaneously rid the world of some amazing minds. Amazing people. Amazing experiences. Amazing opportunity for growth. If we were all NT, if there were no people with downs syndrome, no people with physical differences, what a boring world this would be.
What I wish the CDC would focus their money on instead of promoting the idea of an epidemic, is spend time with Autistic children, Autistic adults, parents of Autistics. Find out how to best serve the needs of this community. My son won’t stop having autism when he turns 18. Find out what this community needs. Find out what the schools need in order to better serve our children and all special needs children. Find out what the people who service adults with autism truly need. Find those things. Make those things a priority.