FYI: Fully funding research for autistic people of all ages would help a lot more than just sporting a pin Who can be mad at something as gauzy as “awareness,” especially when it’s tied to a serious disability like autism?
Given that we’re faced with an administration who is looking to cut everything the government does to aid our physical and mental health, the sight of the White House being turned blue for the first time to spread consciousness about those living with autism should be heartening, right?
But this gesture isn’t warming the hearts of many of those with autism or those who advocate on their behalf. Here’s why. President Trump began Autism Awareness with proclamation that included the word “cure.”
It’s a word that’s “like an atomic bomb in the autism community,” Steve Silberman author of the acclaimed book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity told me.
“Trump’s statement about ‘cure’ and his tweets about autism represent…