Some friends have just found out their kid is autistic (about nine years old). They've got a good attitude about it, I think - they're very aware of how many top scientists seen like they might be somewhere on the spectrum, of how much we value the work some satiric folks can do. They're doing their reading too, though the only name they've mentioned is Temple Grandin, who I think is not universally popular as a spokesperson. Any suggestions I could pass on?
@anne yes, give me a minute
https://wearelikeyourchild.blogspot.com/ // more detailed
https://theautismwars.blogspot.com/ // critical of misguided or abusive parents of autistic youth, as well as critical of whiteness in general, just fyi because i don't know your friends. that said, i highly recommend her blog
@stackingstones thank you, those are very helpful!
My friends care and are patient and kind and so I have a lot of hope, but I recognize that things can still be very difficult for their kid (who is charming! charmed me anyway) and if I can help I'd like to. And from what folks say on here, it sounds like well-meaning parents can be misled.
@anne glad to!
*nods* that definitely helps. parents definitely get misled; the sheer differential in budget and resources between Autism Speaks and for example, ASAN virtually assures that.
also, there's a small-but-vocal group of "Autism Parents" who take advantage of parent's concerns as well
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