If Betsy DeVos did what she wants to do to the education system back when I was in preschool do you want to know what would have happened? I wouldn’t be able to go to a decent school. Why? Because she supports defunding public education to try to get people to seek private school to get a decent education. Private schools are ableist. People with disabilities have a much harder time getting in and staying in. I wouldn’t have gotten a decent education. I wouldn’t have gotten the art teachers that helped me get to art college. I wouldn’t have gotten into the college of my choice. I wouldn’t have gotten the accommodations I need. Furthermore she supports a “therapy” that “cures” ADHD and demonizes people who are on medication. If I did her therapy she supports I would have developed unhealthy coping mechanisms and be forced to pretend I don’t have a disability. All of this combined would give me more stress causing me to develop my mental illnesses much earlier. I would have been under educated and mentally ill and with a learning disability and having to try to compete in an ableist work force which tends to value people with decent educations. I would have barely stood a chance in the world Betsy DeVos wants. I ask anyone who supports her; would you want this for your child?
Can autistic people develop "normally" for a period of time but then plateau? I'm not even sure if that's the right word. What I mean is I'm autistic and I was speaking before age three and was a "little professor" when I was little, but by late elementary school my verbal ability stayed where it was, then as I get older, I haven't really moved from that language level so now I'm falling behind. Is that a thing that happens to other people? Thank you for your answer!