Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Please don't label my child

I began my day this morning with the usual routine of settling in, checking email and Facebook before officially starting my day.   I read a post by a Mother Warrior I know named Tammy Wheaton.  She has a son on the spectrum and is a wonderful advocate.  Tammy was outraged, as am I, over a clip from The Family Guy where there is discussion in a doctor's office waiting room over "an autistic lady."   The clip is on Youtube if you must see it, it is ridiculous, annoying, and the kind of thing that makes you want to write the President of Fox (I'll bet Tammy will), etc.  

Everything about the clip is offensive but the part that stands out the most to me is probably the part that would not stand out to most people who don't have a child on the spectrum.  Here is the deal folks, the term "autistic" is offensive, it makes my skin crawl. People who are not informed about autism don't know this and that is okay we need to educate them.  Using the term has been deemed acceptable for so long and it's origin comes from the official diagnosis of Autistic Disorder.  That being said, I am so glad the change is being made in the new DSM to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Our children are first and foremost our children, that is children with autism, folks on the spectrum, individuals with autism, and people.  "Autistic" is a label.  Please don't label my child.

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