For those new to blogging, a good blog involves interaction. The reader has the ability to interact with the post’s content and other commenters by adding your opinions in the comments section below. And with special needs, there are many opinions we want to hear from. The world of special needs has many audiences including parents, teachers, physicians, philanthropists, advocates and more. The topics are varied including resources, funding, curriculum, public opinion, personal opinion, etc. So, for the purposes of conversation, let’s engage some of these topics and see what you have to say. Or, let us know in the comments section on topics you want to see some conversation on as well.
This past week the autism community has been outraged at a new book by Denis Leary and comments he made citing those with autism as “stupid, lazy or both.” Michael Savage, a shock jock, made similar remarks earier this year and was heavily chastised by the general public. In fact, sponsors have pulled back from Savage’s radio show. Regarding Leary, the Autism Society for America had this to say: “For Mr. Leary to suggest that families or doctors conspire to falsely diagnose autism is ridiculous . . . [His] remarks reflect the same misconceptions of autism being caused by bad or unemotional parenting that were held over 50 years ago.”
With 1 in 150 children diagnosed with autism in the U.S., there are many parents, physicians, therapists and organizations working hard to determine its cause and best modes of therapy. Early intervention has been shown as a key to helping children. For the world, education about autism is a vital part as well.
Parents, teachers, public - what is your response to people like Denis Leary? What would you say to him?