Please put this on your status if you know someone (or are related to someone) who has AUTISM. My wish for 2010 is that people will understand that autism is not a disease; people with autism are not looking for a cure but for ACCEPTANCE ...... 93% won't Copy and Paste this, will YOU make this your status for at least one hour.
Great, right? Sorry, I don't agree. It does nothing, it does not explain anything to help people understand autism, it promotes the idea that people with autism are too different, and in fact I find it bloody condescending!
Actions speak louder than words, if you know someone with autism step up, ask questions, offer a shoulder for the families. Don't paste platitudes on Facebook and walk away patting yourself on the back. Stop the isolation of these kids and their families, break the lonliness, offer understanding and REAL physical support. Then you can feel proud of yourself, and acknowledge you HAVE helped.