Stagliano attempts to recover from missteps in her Ne'eman post today: "I think some of you have misunderstood me. I apologize. Many of our kids have high functioning autism - we aren't separating them out at all! Nor Asperger's - which many of our kids have as well and we know can be profoundly debilitating and require treatment. I'm only referring to folks are vocally claim to be against treatment - not all our kids. Thanks. KIM"
Stagliano needs to go back and read her stuff, because she sure as all get out is arguing that Ne'eman isn't qualified to speak out for those who are more impaired. She sure as heck thinks that Asperger's and autism aren't the same thing, either. I like the retraction, though, because before this she's insisted that all their children are profoundly disabled.
You know what, you can be "high functioning" and still be profoundly impaired and incapable of living on your own. If you don't think us non-woo parents aren't fighting like hell to change that for our children, that we won't move heaven and earth to help our children achieve that if at all possible, then you've gone way too far down that woo-hole and have self-justified yourself right out of this universe. Heck, maybe you're over there with Lanza in one of his multiverses where folks don't die.
The problem with strawmen is that once they're burned, you're left standing behind nothing, looking like the hapless guy behind the great and powerful Oz.
Stagliano and others like to assert strongly, shrilly, repeatedly that folks who don't buy into their special brand of woo are against helping our kids do better, achieve their potential. Sure, it would make me feel better, too, as I went down the woo-hole to never never land to think the folks standing up there refusing to follow me down were all about doing nothing for our kids. We know that's not the case, though. We want our children to be successful, happy, and live independent lives, so we work tirelessly to help them do better, and we work just as hard to help society see them as valuable, worthwhile people just as they are. And we do it without desperate forays into woo. See, we don't need to recover our kids; we don't think they were stolen from us. We aren't going bonkers over some vainglorious attempt at a magic pill or at casting ourselves as victims and martyrs who have been lied to and cheated of our children by big pharma.
Look, the folks at AoA are going to have to make a choice at some point, especially as their children grow up and can look back at the garbage that their parents put out there, do they keep going after the woo, do they keep up with the conspiracy theories or do they start viewing their actions within the context of having to answer to their children for what they have done.
In the end, we fight for our children so that they will have better lives, and we move forward with an eye on the future and how we and they will judge our past actions. I mean, if it's about the kids, if it's about autistic people and helping make sure they are appreciated, accepted, and accommodated, you want to focus on things that make that happen.
Show me how AoA does that.