I recently read a reply to a post on Facebook that made my blood boil. A friend posted that while at Goodwill she was slapped on her butt by a teenager who had Down Syndrome. What made my blood boil was the following reply to her post :
“Down syndrome…or autistic? The autistics are bad about that kind of think. No one corrects them. From the time they’re born they have no limits.”
Of course I let loose and replied to this with one of my own:
” ” The autistics? ” First of all, they are people with Autism, not ” autistics.” Second of all, no two people who have autism are exactly the same, which is why we say they are on the spectrum. Yes, people with Autism have trouble with social skills, and there are many ways they get help with this. In schools, and ABA therapy they are taught social skills. How do I know this? My husband and I have a 16 year-old nephew who has Autism. Our nephew, Aaron knows right from wrong and has been taught social skills since his diagnosis at 2 1/2 years of age. Aaron is a sweet and very loving young man.I have also known and met several people who have Down Syndrome. They too, are some of the sweetest, most loving people I have ever met. You make people with Autism and Down Syndrome sound like deviants, which couldn’t be further from the truth. David Pearsall, do you even know anyone who has Autism or Down Syndrome? If not, it’s time you did. They could teach you a thing or two ! ”
If you have not been lucky enough to know someone with Autism or Down Syndrome then I feel sorry for you. You are missing out on knowing some of the most sweet, and loving people out there.
People with Autism and Down Syndrome love unconditionally and in their own way. Not understanding is perfectly okay, but does NOT give anyone the right to make fun of or degrade someone who might be different from them.
Take the time to ask questions. I guarantee anyone with Autism or Down Syndrome would be happy to answer and help you learn more about them.
And believe me, they can teach us all a thing or two !