Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Happy 2009, finally!

I read this article today about a recent study that shows (again) that MMR vaccines do NOT cause autism. People ask me all the time what I think about the cause(s) of autism. It's the number one question I get when I tell people my boys are on the spectrum. But I don't have much to say on that subject.
I don't think too much about the causes of autism because I personally don't find it helpful. Instead, my "cause" is to know my own children and help them live in a world they don't easily fit into. For a while I couldn't decide which bandwagon to jump on when every cause seems so urgent and important. But I live with my children. I live with my particular family. I know my children's particular struggles.

That's why I am an advocate for Autism and Asperger's Acceptance. It's not that I WANT to accept autism; it's that I HAVE to. I have these two boys - these spunky, interesting, unique boys - and they need to be accepted. Their entire life may be filled with roadblocks, but I can teach them how to drive around them. People might always find them odd, but I can encourage them to feel secure in who God made them. Noah Xavier and Cameron might always be bothered by certain noises and stimuli, but I can help them cope.

How do YOU feel about acceptance of ASD? Is acceptance another word for "giving up?" Or is it actually a type of freedom? Feel free to leave comments! Please, let's not debate immunizations here. I'm sure there's somewhere else to do that. Thanks!

1 comment:

  1. Does acceptance mean giving up? Absolutely, not! If I was told I had "bad eyes" and needed glasses, I would most certainly not be giving up by wearing the glasses. I would be accepting this fact and treating the symptoms. I think by accepting the diagnosis as soon as possible, you can out your mother warrior instincts in to action and muster up all the faith in one little body to help your child. I love reading you Blog and will continue to read as much as I can!