By Lisa Ackerman
An article was published recently titled Why Aren’t We trying To Cure Autism? (1.) This article spoke to me. Why is an autism cure such a taboo? We want a cure for everything for those who want a cure, right? I would love to talk about curing autism.
The reality for many with autism is that they have multiple issues and diagnoses including chronic health problems (3.) Health problems may include:
- Neurological (especially seizures)
- And more
It is rare to meet someone in the spectrum that doesn’t have any of these issues. Autism and its symptoms are treatable. We are aware and have witnessed hundreds of cases of recovery. Through early intervention and medical treatments unique to the individuals’ needs, people can recover (4.) We celebrate those as often as we can (5.)
We also know autism and co-morbid features can be deadly (in the case of seizures and other complex medical issues.) There is also a great concern about wandering. Individuals with autism can wander from safe environments and experience great harm. Sadly, 8 children in the first 15 days of June have wandered and died.
I want to be clear: For those who have an autism diagnosis and are not interested in a cure, I can appreciate and accept you for who you are. We have adults with autism that work and volunteer in the TACA office. We truly love and appreciate them.
But at the same time, I also wish to be clear for those who want a cure for autism: No one should get in the way of those who are interested in a cure. Choice is important. One group should never speak for all. Individuals and their families deserve a choice.
I am hoping research continues in the area of treatments for individuals and their families. The issues above are serious. No one should suffer or live in pain, no one.
Since our inception, TACA’s vision has been as follows:
TACA believes in early diagnosis, intensive therapies and medical intervention for children affected by autism. With early intervention, medical treatment unique to each person’s needs and necessary support services for families many children can improve greatly and some can recover from their autistic symptoms. We believe the future is not defined for many children affected by autism. Hope and recovery is possible.
Yup, that still make sense. We believe in individuals with autism. We exist to provide help, hope and tools for the best possible outcome. That outcome could be recovery and hopefully in the future a cure.