The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s this essay going around, in the Washington Post, hailed as brave and courageous. A non autistic mother of an autistic young person wrote, triumphantly, about the time ten years ago she physically forced her kid into dating sites for autistic adults crowded arena to see a show featuring one of their favorite characters, not despite their terror of big crowded indoor places but because of it so she could forcibly expose them to it.
The other parents were upset not because they don’t understand autism but because, shock, they were minimally decent people who recognized abuse when they witnessed it. She literally described the moment her kid got inside the arena as being “indistinguishable from his peers. That is the exact phrase word for word that Ole Ivaar Lovaas used to describe the goal of behaviorism. He founded what we know now as ABA, the supposedly evidence-based treatment for autism that every single autistic adult I know who survived it describes as abuse so traumatic they ALL have PTSD or CPTSD from it. And she literally calls her kid and every other autistic young person “a burden. She out and says it, directly.
What we know most of you all already believe but think it’s politically incorrect to voice. I won’t dignify that article by linking to it here. This parent is publishing a book. Every time you think we have gotten somewhere, we must be reminded, quite violently, we have not.