d is damaged, I was told, and vaccines are to blame. The more I read, the angrier I became.As an autism parent, it offends me my children’s condition is being used to scare people away from life-saving medicine. I don’t want that to happen. It angers me that there are people out there who truly think my children and others like them would be better off dead than just a little different. It’s what the anti-vaccine community has come to in many cases— a hatred of all things autism. I have seen parents like me stand up on this comment threads or in these Facebook groups and state how wonderful their children are and how they wouldn’t trade them for anything only to be told they are foolish and crazy. I have also seen adult autistics make very reasoned and well-constructed arguments on the same points, only to either be completely ignored or called horrible names. I don’t understand how people become that filled with hate and paranoia, and I don’t think I ever will.Life with autism isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Aggression issues are no picnic to deal with when your child becomes taller than you are. School is a nightmare when both learn so differently, and both literally scream and fight during homework. When one loves the crowds and excitement, the other one is surely melting down and demanding to go home. Changes in routine freak them both out and I’ve learned to comfort on the fly, big time. Our house is stocked with yoga balls, weighted blankets, fidget toys, iPads, and every sensory toy you can imagine. And did I happen to mention I have a third child to keep happy during all of this too?But despite the difficulties, I have a AA hockey player who is finally starting to socialize properly in middle school. And his younger brother is making it into puberty without much incident and is showing promise as an artist and a soccer goalie. They are happy, amazing kids who are in many ways like neurotypical boys. They are not damaged. They are not lost. They are not broken. They are mine. And they are fully vaccinated.
Stop Using my Children to Scare Parents out of Vaccinating – Voices For Vaccines