My Sons Love Their Sister, But Not Autism

April 2, 2015 6:34 PM

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I recently came across an online journal for people with all sorts of disabilities. As the parent of a 13-year-old with an autism spectrum disorder I found it inspiring and empowering to read one uplifting story after another about how this or that diagnosis has turned out to be a gift -- and how the writer wouldn't change a thing about the person they love, or their own condition. I even shared a few of our own stories about Erin -- the perspective she gives and the exceptional people who have come into our lives as a result of her disability.

Many individuals with more mild forms of autism actually embrace their diagnosis -- reject the term disability -- and instead celebrate the uniqueness it has bestowed upon them. Temple Grandin, autism's unofficial spokesperson, has said, "If I could snap my fingers and become nonautistic, I would no...

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