Never in the history of mankind with the advances of medicine and technology and information delivery, could the autism spectrum disorder could’ve been the progressive cause that any civil rights before or after could look up to.
In fact the autism spectrum disorder is “no different, no less” than any other cause before. In other civil rights like Down’s or gay rights or freedom for African Americans, the disorder was on the rise with advancements of technology. Information delivery was not just radio, TV, print or even cable, online services or the Internet, Facebook and the web to follow; the most disturbing thing was the lack of addressing the disorder at all. And when the the media did give autism a media play; the focused on the narrative on the MMR vaccinations causing autism.
As this media scare tactic occurred, it wasn’t till a few years ago some hippies in hippy neighborhoods decided to not vaccinate kids and the debate has even continued into the race for the 2016 Presidential Primaries. Of course let’s not let the facts get away of a good lie. And let’s not accept the fact that measles in the US is on the rise. And lets not diss the graduates of University of Google, such as Jenny McCarthy who has claimed changing the diets has helped her kid be “cured” from autism.
As painful as autism can be for some families, I’d take the autism over the really sobering measles any day. And to be positive, the “D” in ASD does not stand for Disease unlike what David Wade at WBZ-TV wants you to believe, who allowed such reckless copy to exist online. (More on the mainstream media’s association with Autism Speaks will follow.)
There was so much opportunities missed in the early days of the rise of autism (some children were diagnosed as early as the late 1970s to mid 80s before the massive rise in the late 80s.) The leadership (the lack thereof) just decided to make it a very political one, instead of trying to work for the common good for the individuals, whether or not they can speak or wear diapers or not. If there was a strong leader or organization that knew all the various ranges of ASD, they could’ve made an honest narrative, showing the struggles for one family, and other struggles for other individuals.
At this rate, the 10 year delay has already caused damage. By being behind the eight ball, people in the first generation, the ones who were getting the “bad news” and if they were so lucky to find content on America Online by paying by the hour on a 36bit telephone connection on the subject are the ones that are hurting today. I grew up in a town where they were so snooty, they tried to not expose the special ed community to the general public. The local library had little to no content on the disorder, despite so many people with special education when I moved in 2010. Imagine being “in the dark” being raised by a low middle class family with a single parent, when the media wouldn’t cover this subject at all. Now there are children today that will be “taken care” of similarly to a “hack hire” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or Cook County, Ill. They’ll be taken care of before they turn 21 and the wheels won’t fall off like a Detroit made car unlike their previous generation, born about 8 to 10 years prior to.
(Can’t you not tell my jealousy? )
Sadly the organization leaders at A$, the National Autism Association and sadly the higher functioning people at the Autism Self Advocacy Network has been fighting tooth to the nail for wanting the attention and control of the narrative. All 3 of them make a single autistic not affiliated with any of those groups appear to be the “grown up” after observing the “barnyard politics” that has made the autism cause, regress not progress.