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  • Renee Suzanne Cole
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  • Renee Suzanne Cole
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    I’m sorry, it’s from @RaisingASDKids

  • Iliana
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    Much of the talk about “the child that never was” does pertain to autism, and it’s because there’s a (rumor? misconception? I’m not exactly sure what you call it) perpetuated by so-called advocacy groups like Autism Speaks, that autistic children were “kidnapped from their bodies”, that they are “trapped behind a wall”, etc. (Not to mention that autism is an illness in need of a cure. You want to talk about putting a stranger in my body? “Cure” my autism and that’s what you’d end up with.) The idea that autistic people are just that, PEOPLE, gets lost in all that. I think, although the attitude is less prevalent, that it’s the same thing that happens with people like Namine. Too many people see only the disability and fail to see the person attached, and so the idea of grieving for the child comes naturally, because they don’t really see her as a child, at least not in the same way they would see a child without a disability.

    Beautiful post all around. Your daughter is lucky to have an advocate like you.

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