You’ve wondered it or been asked or even taken a stand on it: If there were a cure available for autism, would you want it for yourself if you’re autistic or for your autistic child?
This question drives me nuts. In some ways, it’s like asking someone born brunette if they want a cure for it. Obviously, some brunettes do want a cure for their terrible malady, and they address it by dyeing their hair a different color. Other brunettes–I’m in this camp–are perfectly fine with their hair, thank you, and leave it as-is.
As someone on that spectrum, I can tell you it’s not always easy. The challenges, once they are understood and accepted, can be overcome.
I suspect that the unreasonable man George Bernard Shaw refers to in his famous quote “all progress depends on the unreasonable man” has Asperger’s Syndrome. It is because of this syndrome that I am able to improve the world in my own unique way.
So would I take a cure? No, thanks.