Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Autism community outraged at Autism Speaks response to Savage

Here is the response from Autism Speaks in regards to the comments from Savage:

"One important goal of increasing awareness about autism is to foster a greater level of acceptance and understanding of the very real and significant challenges it poses to individuals with the disorder and their families. The good news is that we see more and more expressions of this compassion every day and everywhere, from classrooms and playgrounds to ballparks and supermarkets. Unfortunately, there are those who are apparently incapable of feeling compassion. They deserve our pity, not our scorn."

I, like everyone else in the Autism community, can not believe this response. Uuhhh wrong. Savage doesn't need a pat on the back accompanied with pity. We have to teach our world today, for those that don't "get it" or understand, what is happening to this generation of children. Where, on a daily basis somewhere or another, we are hearing news stories of our autistic children being kicked off planes, banned from churches, voted out of kindergarten classes, and asked to leave restaurants and retail stores. No, it's time the world wakes up and opens their eyes to an overwhelming epidemic.


Chelle said...

The saying is so wrong, ignorance is NOT always bliss.

Glad you have chosen to write about your own journey with your son's autism, and remain respectful and patient of those who don't fully understand.

Bethany Berkseth said...

You go girl!