This really applies to efforts to make organizations more inclusive and welcoming of diversity. What makes members of a predominant group feel welcome and comfortable (e.g., in the industries or departments that attract extroverts, there’s a lot of group brainstorming, thinking out loud, and meetings where there’s not a quiet moment) might be exactly what makes members of other groups feel uncomfortable.
You say you’re a private person who wouldn’t usually tell your story. You didn’t you told Tommy’s, presumably without his consent. but at no point in that article do you ever talk about you son like he’s a human. You even say it yourself, you mourned the death of your child, because you do not think of your son as a human being.
Jill — Thank you for being brave and sharing your story. As a fellow autism mom who is learning to down my guard a bit, I can relate to both the heartache and triumph in your story. Learning to trust yourself on behalf of your kiddo is key…and not always easy. Well done, mama.
Go with your gut instincts!
There is an awful lot of misinformation out there on autism/Aspergers. Even the “professionals” are too often beating down the wrong path.
Really the best place for autism information is from autistic individuals.
As an autistic adult who hopes to be a parent someday, I have mixed feelings about this article.
Reading articles by nonautistic parents of autistic kids often makes me feel a little bit weird. Lines like “having a child with autism is a complete heartache” hurt a lot. I wasn’t nonverbal as a child but I also wasn’t good at…