Beyond FAMILY: Quick Questions for Parents of Children with Autism
As Kristen noted in one e-mail, there exists “tremendous diversity and a wide range of opinions and thoughts and hopes within the autism community.” Despite the fact that the Autistic Spectrum covers a wide variety of disorders, people outside that community tend to group all people with autism into one category. This sort of “lumping and labeling” tendency, of course, leads to misunderstandings and often discrimination. Here at BEYOND Understanding, we’re all about exploring such misunderstandings in order to expose them and (hopefully!) contribute in a small way to dispelling them.
If you have a child or children with autism, please consider any or all of these questions:
What are the most hurtful misconceptions you run into on a regular basis?
If you could explain one thing to the general public about autism in general or your child/family in particular, what would it be?
How do most people treat your child in public, and how would you prefer to see your children treated?
If your child were to act out in public, would you prefer strangers ignore the behavior or offer to help in some way?
Any insights will be greatly appreciated!! Thanks for stopping by.
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