Comment on Opting Out of Autism: The Way is Shut by Maria.
Thank you for writing this. For all of us with children whose autism didn’t take their ability to speak, it is heartbreaking to see how harshly the world treats them when they are overwhelmed. I’ve heard all those same things, and that he could be “cured with strict discipline.” It’s almost as if the ability to speak and learn eye contact means that everything else that makes his life so difficult sometimes can just be punished away. There’s little empathy sometimes for the things he can’t do because of the things he has worked so hard for and now can.