I love this section. It’s important that people realise the importance of identity.
“Autism is no different than race or sexual orientation or humanity itself. It is simply part and parcel of a person’s being.
I love my black child, but I hate blackness. I love my gay child, but I hate homosexuality. I love my son, but I hate men.
I love my autistic child, but I hate autism.
Like the others, that is a failed formulation, incoherent thought and emotion and obviously harmful.
It is not love.
It is abusive parenting.”
Full title and full disclosure: Autism 101: hating your autistic child … and teaching her or him self-loathing.
Twice in the past week I’ve seen “I love my child, but I hate autism” posts by parents of autistics. One was written by a real-life friend I respect greatly, and one was by a Facebook friend I’ve never met.
It’s not that this language is rare. Somewhat shockingly to me, despite much good work by many autistic adults and autism professionals, it is a language still common to many of the largest autism organizations and associations. It is a language still common to many autism parents. It is a language still common to media and general society.
It is, indeed, a language and idea most common and base.
Most times I wince, shudder, and keep moving, because it…
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