Autistic Lives Matter

While the news has been too full of the names of POC murdered by cops who get away with their crimes, the murders of disabled children may or may not go unpunished, but there is a much greater and more insidious tendency for people to sympathize with the parents who committed murder than the innocent lives that were snuffed out by the very people who should have been loving and protecting them.

Autistic Lives Matter

Ableism is arguably harder to overcome as a bias than racism, because it’s too easy for healthy, able people of all backgrounds to sympathize with the “intense burden” a disabled child (including adult children) places on the parents. These murder victims are often viewed more like euthanized animals, their deaths a sad but necessary act that allows the surviving family to “get on with their lives” that had been so disrupted by the existence of a special needs child.

Even the largest autism charity (that which shall not be named) filmed a video spot sympathizing with a board member who spoke of wanting to commit murder-suicide, but stopped herself from driving off the bridge because of her neurotypical daughter she would have left behind.

Parenting is hard. Parenting a special needs child is harder, sometimes exponentially. Murder is NEVER an acceptable or sympathetic act. Disabled people may not be able to “contribute” to the world economically, sadly the only thing our society seems to value, but their lives – OUR lives – matter and can have meaning that others cannot comprehend.

 

Christina Gleason (954 Posts)

That’s me: Christina Gleason. I’m a professional copywriter, editor, and blogger. My company is called Phenomenal Content. (Hire me!) I’m a relatively high-functioning Aspie who also lives with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. I am not ashamed to admit that I am in the care of a psychiatrist, who assures me that people in therapy are often better adjusted than “normal” people who are not, because at least we know what our issues are and are working on them. I’m a geek for grammar, fantasy, and select types of gaming, including World of Warcraft and Plants vs Zombies 2. I hate vegetables. I have an intense phone phobia, so I’ll happily conduct business over email or IM instead. I have started writing no fewer than five novels, and I hope to finish one of them...eventually.


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