I have a niece with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was diagnosed when she was 2 years old. We notice that no matter what we do, she never looked our way. First, we thought she was deaf, so we decided to go to doctor to better know the real problem. They run different test and finally told us that it was autism. At first, it was hard to handle the situation, but with the help of the doctor and proper education, we were able to guide her to behave properly.
I heard that if you have this you will only live until your mid 30s. I don't think that is still the case nowadays. Science have found a way to make people live longer. This is why I don't understand how come we are so busy finding cures for almost every disease when it's so easy to just go and try to prevent them? Why do we still continue to choose the wrong food? There are more than 80,000 species of plant based food. We shouldn't limit ourselves to just wheat and corn.
Patients with special needs shouldn't be isolated from the community. Even those who are supposed to be suffering from highly communicable diseases shouldn't be, why should those who only have down syndrome or autism be? It will only make them feel worse. They might be slow in learning the same things we could have easily learned in school but nature have a way to compensate all these. Most of them are very good in art and music. Even those who are considered as imbeciles can be a pleasant surprise when exposed to those subjects. They need to interact more with so called normal people to survive more years.
Blair Hill is a writer with Connect Autism.Org and provides autism education from the inside out.