Both audio and an incomplete written version of this piece are available at
the URL below.? Given the details about Karen McCarron's alleged obsession
with "curing" her daughter's autism - an obsession not shared by the people
in the family raising her, the excerpt
below is especially worthy of attention.? --Steve
Jim Sinclair, founder of Autism Network International and who started an
annual conference - Autreat - "for and by other autistics." Excerpt:
"What the rest of the world needs to know about autism is that it's not
something that can be separated out from the person, it's part of the
person," explains Sinclair. "And so you cannot meaningfully say I love my
child but I hate the autism.
"That's like saying I love my child, but I hate that she's a girl and I'd
like her to be a boy instead. So when you're saying all of these things
about how terrible it is that you've lost a child and how much your child is
a disappointment to you, and how much that you wish you had a different kind
of child, we're hearing that. And what we're hearing is that you don't want
us and you want someone else instead."
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