An open letter to autism-free ‘advisors’
A mother with autistic kids gets a lot of unsolicited advice at times. I can’t tell you how many times someone has said they’ve watched “Rain Man” so are an expert on the subject. There have been days in my life when I wanted to hand people a letter, or wear a sign that says something like the following:
Think you know a lot about autism?
Well, here’s what you don’t know:
You don’t know what it’s like accompany twin boys with autism to the doctor, to have your arms ache with fatigue from two strong-willed, physically powerful children pulling, tugging and fighting every step you take. You haven’t experienced the humiliation of judging eyes glaring at a store, at a restaurant, a family reunion.
You weren’t there to experience the horror of watching four male nurses wrap your 9-year-old up like a burrito and hold him down to…
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