Well you will never get it, no matter your stance on the subject. Autism is likely genetic and studies show that by six months of age there are already detectable changes in the brain that predict an autism diagnosis later in life. So even though we don’t know what autism is, it’s definitely something you’re born with and it is impossible to change that after the baby is born. Nothing will ever turn an autistic person who is alive into an allistic person. You can’t rewrite their entire brain anatomy.
So why do Autism Speaks talk of “the cure”? What they mean by cure is prenatal screening that will allow parents to abort fetuses with certain traits or genes. It means stopping autistic people from being born. It means getting rid of us even before a fetus develops a brain. It means that from their point of view not ever being alive (so essentially death) is better than existence as an autistic person.
That’s what you are saying when you’re advocating for a cure. “I wish you were never born”. “I wish your parents would have aborted you before you developed into a person”. “I think your existence is worse than death”. “I think you would be better off dead”. That is your message. That is your opinion.
Think about that next time you talk about a cure for autism.
My contribution to the “which autistic are you” meme: autism headcanon edition (feel free to add yours though)! Tag yourself.
-very few friends
-long-lasting (or whole life) special interests
-weird sleep pattern
-cares zero percent about passing as NT
-black and white thinking
The Doctor (Doctor Who):
-collects special interests like stamps
-lots of movement stims (hand flapping, spinning, rocking, etc)
-loves social interaction even though it’s hard
-terrible voice volume control
-weird/unusual appearance and sense of dress
-echolalia. so much echolalia
-specific and unusual routines
-understands other creatures better than humans
-very good imagination/creative
-extremely picky eater
-As a child, before he even knew what trans was or that he even was a boy, he tried really hard to be like other girls. He tried to imitate what other girls would do like play with dolls or even obsess of ponies and things of the sort. He just didn’t understand why he wasn’t like the other little girls so he tried to imitate them to fit in and not be “weird”
-Even if he tried to fit in with the girls, he still wanted to be “one of the boys”
-Once he got his hands on some craft scissors and chopped off all his hair, it was a terrible jagged cut, with no way of fixing it aside from just buzzing it, but he felt so much better. No one was really happy with him though
-When he got into the garrison, he had everything legally changed over. He changed his name to Keith on his birth certificate.
-He bought tons of binders and started T. The Garrison was even nice enough to help fund his transition
-Unfortunately, he became a paladin of voltron before he could get top surgery and he only brought the clothes on his back (the one binder)
-Keith usually keeps an extra binder in the pouches on his hips, but due to spontaneity, he didn’t have any on his random space trip to the castle ship
I’ll probably come up with more eventually, these are just the ones that I’ve been thinking up for awhile. I also am trying to work on a fanfic with trans Keith in it. Like, people, do you understand how much I love trans Keith??? I’m always down to talk trans Keith
@buckyflowercrown I hope that you enjoy these haha these are just some that I’ve had in mind for some time now