Thanks to D’Julie for the heads up on this Dear Abby piece.
I found this interesting in the sense that conversations about autism that take place without any parent of an autistic child or autistic people involved can be recipes for all sorts of craziness.
It also makes you wonder what people are saying when we’re not around, but that’s another story entirely.
If they mind, I’ll take this quote down, but here’s the link to full piece. (Scroll down a little – it’s the second one.) I got curious about how you all might respond to it.
DEAR ABBY: My 8-year-old nephew was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. He has made amazing progress with therapy and has advanced so he is practically functioning at his age level.
Our entire family has teamed up and joined a charity that raises money for autism. We have devoted our time and energy to this important cause. My sister (my nephew’s mother) refuses to get involved! She says she is “too busy.”
We all work and have other activities, yet we still make time to devote to this cause. She doesn’t work and has no other responsibilities outside her family that prohibit her from participating. She says raising money isn’t something she likes to do.
I don’t have much time for it either, but our family MAKES the time because this cause is important to us. It makes me furious that she won’t help raise money for her own child’s disorder. How can I talk to her about this without seeming confrontational? — RAISING MONEY IN FLORIDA
As a parent of an autistic child, how would you respond?
Click here to see what Abby said. (Second letter down.)