I have yet to email everyone who commented on my last post, but I really want to thank you all for weighing in. I think some of my own biases blinded me to a few important points that were brought up in comments, like the fact that for some kids, medication is a true godsend. That’s not the case for my little guy, but I shouldn’t knock it universally. And there’s also the fact that a “cure” is not something I’m seeking, but I have a relatively high functioning child who is expected to be able to live on his own one day. That’s not the case for all people with autism, and for more severe cases, a cure might be a blessing. I think what concerns me about the language of cures is how we use the language at a time when a cure does not exist. The reality at the moment is that there is no cure, and I think focusing on how to function, assist, and accomodate is more useful than focusing on a far off cure. I think that when we pin our hopes on a cure, we neglect the present sometimes – people think it’s about curing and changing others, not accepting them as they currently are. But I phrased some of that rather poorly as one is wont to do when ranting. I love that you guys keep me honest on here. I’ve always gotten such thoughtful comments, and I really appreciate it.
I haven’t forgotten that this is a knitting blog, I swear, but I figured one month a year it doesn’t hurt to delve into something so important to my life a little more deeply, and to open a dialog with folks who may not have it on their minds. I’ll post later today or sometime tomorrow with actual knitting content. Thank you.