Should there ever be a magical, mystical, brain-altering “cure” to autism some time in the future, I can assure you that I, personally, will not take it. Here are my top 3 reasons (excluding my theory that autistics are descended from angel-cats) why:
1/ It would most likely change autistic people’s personalities
This one is pretty obvious. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder and so attempting to modify someone’s brain would almost certainly affect personality, along with a number of other things like coordination and memory.
2/ It has a lot of negative connotations
Also axiomatic is that the whole concept of a cure for autism holds many hostile implications. Autism isn’t undesirable, it’s almost like being left-handed; most things are designed for right-handed people, but by putting certain measures in place, i.e. left-handed scissors, left-handed people can feel more welcome. (All we need now is for right-handed people to stop nudging us with their elbow when we’re writing IN PEN.)
3/ Autism is beautiful
Sure, there are some things like struggles with motor skills or being nonverbal that can sometimes make certain actions a little trickier, but I will happily use the overused comparison of this to some parallel universe where everyone looks the same, walks the same, speaks the same amount, laughs the same, thinks the same and knows only about the same things. That’d be boring, and what’s life without a few challenges?
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