The World Does Not Need A Cure For Autism – Here’s Why

I have recently came across a non-profit organization devoted to curing autism. Literally.

Now just what is wrong with that? What is wrong with people? I literally don’t know where to start. I can not understand the need of some people to turn autism into something that is not. 

First of all, autism is not a disease. It is not and it never will be. That is actually scientifically proven. It is classified as a disorder, which is also debatable, but I will adress that issue another time. The way I see autism it is merely a condition or a characteristics. A difference, if you like.

I see autism from the inside. This way it looks perfectly fine to me. It enables me to see, contemplate, understand things differently than most people. I see it also from the outside. That way it appears a bit more challenging, but I think all parents, including neurotypical parents of neurotypical children, consider the life’s challenges of their child much more immense than their own. However, I have always handled my autism just fine and so has my child. He doesn’t consider himself as someone who has to be cured.

Upon receiving the “diagnosis”, as offensive as this word is, I was more surprised at the attitude of health care professionals than anything else. They talked to me with empathy or even pity in their voices, they were also trying to be supportive, they also included him in all sorts of therapies. All of them eventually turned out as at least unnecessary, if not even damaging. I was perplexed. It was like my son was perfectly fine for 9 years and now he is damaged and in desperate need of professional help. He hadn’t change between being fine and being damaged. The only change was the diagnosis itself. I could not comprehend why everyone is all of a sudden giving me advice on how to change him. I didn’t want him to be different. He is perfect as he is. He always has been. He has out of the box mindset. He values things differently. He sees beyond regular stuff. His only problen were people who wanted him to act differently.

I could not understand why so many people were having problem with him being different. Then it hit me. They were afraid. The today sociery with its educational system is trying to raise a uniformed nation. A nation of pre-programmed robots designed to follow orders and with limited range of own thinking allowed. Someone who refuses to fit in or to comply to their terms presents a threat. That person can seriously damage world order as we know it given the opportunity. And that is why society will go to great lenghts to prevent this from happening. The moment I realized that it became clear to me that I have no business changing my son or even myself. Even more, I have the moral obligation to persevere. We all have.

Autism does not have to be cured. It should not even be attempted. Autistic people and Aspergers are here for a reason. The world needs us. We need us.

6 thoughts on “The World Does Not Need A Cure For Autism – Here’s Why”

  1. I have lived with 2 autistic persons, both aspies. No prescription, no operation, can cure or even curb any of the special gifts of someone with aspergers. It is the people around them that need to change. You much approach and converse very differently with a person on rhe spectrum. To deny is to stifle their growth.

    We don’t need a cure. We need acceptance. We need to stop denying young children of a diagnosis. We need to educate medical professionals. We need to stop bullying and teach young children to be accepting and loving of those on the spectrum.

  2. Kittycat, your blog will soon be added to our Actually Autistic Blogs List ( Please click on the “How do you want your blog listed?” link at the top of that site to customize your blog’s description.
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  3. I love this !! My son is aspergers. He is 27. I had a friend ask me once if I had one wish would I make my son “normal” I said no way. My son’s aspergers makes him who he is. I love looking through his eyes and brain to see how he thinks the way he sees things is so beautiful to me. He is a unique special person. Tattoo I have about my son is “I wouldn’t change you for the world, but I would change the world for you” I loved ur blog it is so true. When he was little I would see the stares and points and whispers of pity. Small minded people. Keep writing

  4. “The World Need A Cure For Autism – Here’s Why”

    It is not even close to comparable if you mix in one high functional AS with severe forms of ASD.

    But your title is right even you don’t understand why. Cure for ASD is invented and proved. SO world just have to apply and use it.

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