Thing I wrote to help promote Emma Zurcher Long from emmashopebook.com
I currently cannot donate, but I deeply encourage everyone to do what they can and share far and wide.
The stigma needs to end. Autistic children are being killed, autistic adults are being abused, ongoing, and media doesn't know how to talk about it.
We are not burdened, miserable, trapped, stolen, diseased, scary, animalistic, lesser than. We are just as people as anyone. We have a completely different Brain Operating System. Within that system are dozens of files of co-existing syndromes and disorders, which must be looked at for what they are.
Some autistic people have confessed that they "would give anything to be free of the burden of autism and wouldn't wish it on anyone." These comments upset and frighten me, because those internalized ableist ideals are so deeply mired in dregs of social manipulation and emotional torment that they may be as dangerous as the "autism martyr moms" who abuse their children in the name of love and compliance.
Autism cannot be cured. It is impossible. To shut off, rework, or remove a brain and replace it with potentially incompatible bits is not going to cure autism. The autism IS the brain. If people are so desperate for a healing, perhaps we could start with obvious depression disorders, sensory processing disorders, occupational therapy, therapies for speech and communication and socializing.
If you are autistic, you are not worthless or useless or incapable of being loved. That needs to stop before more autistics die from abuse, neglect, murder, and the extreme assumptions made by people who just want us to be normal. For us, this is normal.
We have been around forever. We're not going anywhere. Please stop hurting us and start helping us. We want to be with you.
I hope Emma and her film will help make that possible.http://emmashopebook.com/2015/11/02/its-here-the-link-to-a-clip-from-unspoken-the-documentary/