“You can’t possibly know…”
Just in case it may have escaped anyone’s attention but I support vaccinating children on time, every time. This is what I do for the Pwd. Sometimes, I feel it necessary to express my concern that people who don’t do likewise are endangering their children’s health and the health of others. I am particularly likely to jump in if the “vaccines are related to autism” lie is being proliferated. Right off the bat, I declare that I am a mother of an intensely autistic child. You could say, this is my M.O.
Unlike the parents of autistic children who wrongly think that their child’s or any other’s autism is caused by vaccines, I do not use Pwd’s autism to garner sympathy. Nor do I wave it, banner like, to imply I am untouchable and beyond criticism. I certainly do not use my parental status to attempt to silence people who utterly disagree with my point of view – that is, the one supported by the overwhelming volume of scientific evidence – on the basis of whether or not they have a child with autism or are a parent at all.
Let’s put it this way: I lent Vaximom my blog because, although I am not pregnant, am content that I made good pregnancy and birth choices and never intend to be pregnant again, I still care that other women who are going through that stage in their lives might choose to follow Guggie’s stupid advice given in her sermons and they and/or their baby come to harm.
You don’t have to have an autistic child to know that bringing one up has unique challenges. Occasionally, a thread goes on and on (and on) and the fact that I have an autistic child gets lost in the mist of the early posts. Other autism parents, believing they represent all autism parents, assume, because I am not as credulous as they, I cannot have experience of autism. They demand compassion. They demand respect for their paranoia. They demand immediate agreement or silence. They demonstrate how narrow, how blinkered and just how sloppy their thinking is.
When I see autistic adults being rediagnosed as having “Douns(sic) syndrome ” without the physical traits because they are articulate and express that they are sick of being portrayed by the parents of the next generation of autistic adults as broken, damaged, injured and soulless, it enrages me.
When I see people being attacked, being told they cannot know what they are talking about, that, indeed, they have no right to voice an opinion because any children they may have are not autistic, it makes me rather annoyed to say the least. Needless to say, of those screaming to make AndrewWakefield a saint or saying “right on” when a property mogul declares, without having conducted any research and in the face of all evidence to the contrary, that spacing out vaccines would lead to a massive drop in the prevalence of autism, no one is asking them if they have autistic children. Fact is, whether I or anyone has one, none or ten kids and whether one, none or ten of those children have autism is irrelevant. It does not change the evidence that vaccination is not related to an increased risk of autism. So, anti-vax autism parents, stick to the issue, stick to the science and stop using your kids as a human shield when someone calls you out for what you are – wrong.