Therefore, when parents say,
“I wish my child did not have autism, “
what they’re really saying is,
“I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I had a different (non-autistic) child instead.”
Read that again. This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence. This is what we hear when you pray for a cure. This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces."
- Jim Sinclair
I just got back from a book reading/lecture given by Andrew Solomon that used this quote. The whole speech he gave was amazing and brought me to tears at least four times, but this quote, as it always does, stood out. I froze. The hair on the back of my neck stood up. Because holy shit, is this true, and it goes beyond autism to any ‘abnormality’ that we as a culture might seek to ‘fix’. When you talk about removing an aspect of a person that is integral to their identity, you are talking about removing them. It is utter dissembling to say that the attempt to ‘cure’ autism is anything but PC eugenics.