"we’ve for the most part lost touch with three million American children, and as a nation we’ve done nothing."
"Life is lived moment-to-moment. In anticipation of the child’s next move. In despair. In fear of the future."
“Close your eyes and think about an America where three million Americans and counting largely cannot take care of themselves without help. Imagine three million of our own – unable to dress, or eat independently, unable to use the toilet, unable to cross the street, unable to judge danger or the temperature, unable to pick up the phone and call for help”
- Ms. Wright's words are vicious and hateful.
- They add to the stigma
- They do not offer help to families
- They don't contribute with positive ideas
- They dehumanize autistics
- They endanger our safety
“Your words hurt me. I am an Autistic adult, yes, I have epilepsy, but this is not autism; yes I have GI problems, but this is not Autism. My family is living, happily and proud of me. I am non-speaking and I am living. I am not lost. The difference is that you cannot love autistics for who they are, so you attack us. Why did you create an organization that spread fear of and hate for autistics? Why don't you talk to us, or better, listen to us? Your words are full of viciousness. My family sees the sun shine and they see me. They encourage me to be the best I can be and I learn every day. I cannot eat by myself, dress myself, I am not safe by myself but I have plans and I will have a future because my community has my back. I feel sorry for your grandson. I cannot imagine my grandmother demonizing me the way you demonize him. I hope you apologize, at least to him. He hears you, you know? The same way we do, and he will, one day, let you know how much you hurt him. The only fear we autistics have is of people like you using this hateful power to get rid of us. Because you cannot "end" autism without ending us”