Over the past few days I have seen on the news and several websites the story involving vaccines and autism may have been fixed. While this is a very hot topic it is one I won't comment on, directly, because I am not a doctor and my opinion on the science in such a matter is irrelevant. What is relevant is my fear of the future for the autism spectrum.
Let's say that the study was fixed. With that being so are you going to be able to hear anything from a university, or a group study, and believe it?
The autism spectrum is, in my opinion, one of the hardest things to describe. It truly is! If a person is new to the world of autism and they go to Google they will be greeted with 16,800,000 pages. Now, if they look at recent news they may see this ongoing debate and how it may have been fixed.
What is going to be lost in this debate is the fact that autism exists. What I mean by that is just that. If you are reading this then you obviously aren't oblivious to the fact that autism is in this world, but for the media it is just a hotbed of a story and a story too good to pass up. There's lying, two sides, and a special cause. The media doesn't even need to try and sensationalize the story and that is the problem. Once again a story involving autism is out there and there is nothing positive about it.
I am actually quite angry at the moment over this. Maybe I am overly sensitive, but I just feel a situation like this sets everyone back. I am happy to be who I am and believe that the autism spectrum is worth fighting for. I have been saying on here for a long time that understanding is the foundation for hope, but if the world only hears these type of stories then the world will never know who we really are!
Eventually, I hope, the need to comment on such issues won't be needed. I know we are much further in this world than we were five years ago with regards to autism awareness. I am thankful I don't get the blank stare and the, "What did you say?" when I say I have Asperger Syndrome. The momentum is there and the collective knowledge is growing, but if there are enough negative stories then that is all the world will know of us. What is the saying, something along the line of a person will tell a bad experience 10 times but a good experience once. That's where I feel we may head. Again, maybe I am over reacting, but maybe that is a good thing because it's just more fuel for my passion and I know I will never stop fighting for this thing known as autism and I hope you feel the same way!