"I don't have an autistic child but I taught at a school for autistic kids for two years. I find it unbelievable that a parent of a child who head bangs, gnaws his own wrists until they're bloody and who is unable to speak or communicate would not want her child to be normal.
I know that normal people suffer, too, but severe autism is a horrible scourge. I'm not talking about Asperger's but severe, incapacitating autism, the kind that makes kids howl in torment for hours at a time. That kind of autism isn't merely a different way of relating to the world, it's an affliction that ruins lives.
Of course I would love him if a child of mine had that kind of autism but I would not pretend that I would not give anything I had for him to be able to speak and live in the world as an independent, contributing member of society. Those parent who pretend to be thrilled that their child has severe autism are lying."
Jersey Guy, March 15, 2010