OK, now I'm angry. Really angry at a person I've never met. Her name is Nicole Sperling and she has the by-line on an article picked up by Reuters about the showing of the autism documentary, Autism Every Day, at the Sundance Film Festival. Why am I so mad? Because the opening line of her article reads like this: "The horror films on display at the Sundance Film Festival are nothing compared to every parent's fear that their child could be diagnosed with the mysterious developmental disability called autism."
You know, receiving the dx of autism for your child would be a whole lot less difficult if the opening line of just about every news report about the subject didn't tell you how horrible autism is! Discovering that your child has autism is hard enough without misplaced analogies to horror films. No wonder there is so much fear and stigma out there. She isn't just reporting about it, she is perpetuating it.
Hey, Nicole! My son has autism. And there is nothing horrific about my life. In fact, there is a special kind of joy to it and I wouldn't trade it for anything.