A daughter lies unconscious in a hospital.
Her doctors fear she will have permanent brain damage as the result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The mother is charged with attempted murder.
We are told the daughter was aggressive.
We are told she was Autistic.
I cannot stop thinking about Issy. As I write this, she is lying in a hospital bed unconscious. I cannot stop picturing a photo of her laughing, her blonde hair glimmering in the sunlight, her head thrown back, a look of joy on her face.
And I am angry.
We live in a society where news articles with titles like “More U.S. families in the grip of autism” are commonplace. People equate autism to cancer, refer to autism as a burden, a crisis, and an epidemic. The Judge Rottenberg Center is allowed to remain open despite their continued use of electric shock as a viable “treatment”. We live in a society that has allowed schools to put young students in isolation rooms, “Physical restraints are becoming more prevalent in public schools.” The word “treatment” is used loosely and covers a great many behavioral plans, some which allow Autistic people to be abused and even killed.
We have succeeded in dehumanizing a segment of our population. A segment of our population that includes my daughter.
Anger doesn’t begin to cover what I’m feeling.
Bodies and Behaviors – by Michael Scott Monje Jr. at Shaping Clay
It is Wrong to Murder Your Autistic Child – by Judy Endow at Ollibean
To Issy Stapleton, with love. by K. at Radical Neurodivergence Speaking
Walk in Their Shoes by Paula Durbin Westby Autistic Blog
Blaming the Victim: An Autism Parent Story – That Autistic that Newtown Forgot
Media Throws “Autism Parents” Under the Bus Again – by Ibby Grace at Tiny Grace Notes (AKA Ask an Autistic)