Many thanks to Jonathan Mitchell for alerting me to the following jewel:
“When we try to turn an autistic toddler into a non-autistic toddler, it’s painful, it’s expensive and it does not work.”
That statement comes from Laurent Mottron in a Vancouver Sun article, and although the statement seems a bit out of context within the article itself, it is a gem nonetheless.
And note how counter that statement runs to the assumed wisdom of almost the entire autism community—one voice on the side of acceptance and understanding against the nonstop cacophony crying for intensive early intervention. But as happens so often in such situations, it is the lone voice that conveys simple eloquence, while the crowd remains … well, just a crowd.