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Friday

HURRAY! Autism Awareness Day!

There are so many good posts out there already:

Kim Wombles at Countering  talks about awareness and how even is this there is a 'divide' between those of us wanting to create awareness and acceptance and those who want to create an awareness of the need for a cure.
I agree with Kim-but more importantly SCIENCE shows Kim to be correct-autism is not a disease.  Screaming for a cure is akin to screaming for a cure for red hair.  Autism is genetic. 

HERE is another wonderfully enlightening post discussing bullying, language and the R word.

And, yes, there are many blogs hollering about the epidemic (woo) of 'autism on the rise (more woo).

But the long and short of it is that people with autism are just that-people.  They have the right to be loved, treated with respect and dignity and the right to live life to its fullest. 
This means they also have the right to accommodation where required, the right to programs as needed, the right to understanding and support and the right to independance.

Just like everyone else.

Regardless of your stance on autism (genetic vs mercury poisoning) all persons with autism have the right to happiness, the right to an education, the right to be themselves.

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