This article was written by autistic advocate Kieran Rose and was originally published on autismawareness.com and his website The Autistic Advocate. It is reprinted here with his permission.
If you are the parent of an Autistic child, I’m going to introduce you to a concept that’s going to scare the pants off of you: Your child is going to grow up to be me:
I am an Autistic adult.
Some people are of the belief that Autism can be grown out, or that with the right support and interventions, Autism can be cured or lessened.
If you’re one of those people, then I’m about to blow your minds with a second concept: Nobody grows out of Autism and a child cannot be trained out of it. We just get better at hiding it.