Der er stor forskel på opmærksomhed og accept – også når det gælder autisme. Som altid skarpe Shannon Des Roches Rosa beskriver her på The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism:
“… that’s the difference between autism awareness and autism acceptance, between knowing that autism exists, and understanding what it means: that a child can be hyper-verbal yet not grasp when or why other people expect them to say “please.” That an adult can communicate more fluidly via email than by speaking — if they speak at all. That a too-noisy room can shut down autistic people of any age. And that a cheerful pre-teen boy like Leo sometimes really can’t wait to use the bathroom. That stranger obviously knew the word “autism,” he just considered it a soft option. This is why I continue to advocate for autism acceptance instead of autism awareness, because awareness wasn’t exactly helping Leo that day.”
Hvornår har du trukket autismekortet – for dit barn eller for dig selv?
[Redigeret april 2018. Udgivet første gang 21. januar 2013.]