Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Shame of Autism

Is autism shameful?

At one time (and not that long ago, as I can attest to as a daughter of a father with a disability) the answer was a definite "yes".

Although autism is no longer (I pray) a reason to keep a child "in the attic" in our country, that is not the case everywhere.

Some days ago,  I read an article about autism in South Korea.  It's like "deja vu all over again"  (see my recent post regarding the mentally disabled in China.)  While we have moved on here; people in South Korea who have family members with autism must deal with a stigma that may ruin chances of marriage of other family members.  These children are still hidden, with excuses of "late bloomer" or worse.
The article ends with a glimmer of hope that things are finally starting to change.  Let's hope so.

And with that....I really do need to return to posting about Bil.  Things have been quiet on the "Bil" front, but that won't last forever.  Due to my mother in law's injuries of earlier this year, I don't know if she (and Bil) will be coming up this summer.  We may not be going down until later in the year.  But I will try to organize my thoughts more, and try to get back to what I had meant this blog for in the first place.

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