Because I’m sick of hearing the ongoing Tumblr debate about how a cure for autism would be such a great thing and we are terrible people if we’re not all for it, let me try my hand at an extremely nerdy metaphor:
Remember The Amazing Spider-Man? Remember Dr. Connors, who had lost an arm and would give the world to have it back?
Good for him. If that’s what he wants for himself, more power to
him, and if he were a real person, I would sincerely hope that his quest
to restore that arm would be successful. I would feel nothing but
happiness for him if he succeeded, just as I would feel nothing but
happiness for a person who lost an arm and felt perfectly whole without
Remember when Dr. Connors shot himself up with lizard DNA that ended up completely altering his mind and his body?
That, minus the lizard genetics, is basically what a cure for autism
would entail. Completely rewriting a person’s brain. Our brains being
the things that give us our personalities/interests/ways of behaving.
Basically, everything that makes us what we are.
Now, if there were a drug that could cure a person of their
disability, that would rewrite their mind in the process, well, again,
if that’s what they want, that is their choice. If they truly believe
their lives would be changed for the better by changing everything about
themselves, I’m in no position to tell them otherwise. If Dr. Connors
felt his life as a lizard-human hybrid was much improved over his life
as a human, then he can feel free to enjoy living his own life that way.
But that’s not what he did.
Instead, he decided the world didn’t know what was best for
themselves. He decided that his superior condition gave him the power
to make that choice for everyone else, and he tried to inflict his cure
on humanity, without giving anyone a chance to opt out.
That is what groups like Autism Speaks wants. They don’t want to
help us, they don’t want to make our lives easier, they want to force us
into their way of living without considering what would be lost or if
we want it. They want to rid the world of people like us and make a
world of just people like them, because they “know better.”
So don’t talk to me about curing autism unless you are autistic and speaking of a cure for yourself and yourself only.