Progressing as a Society with Autism.

I have strong views on societies responsibilities with regard to Autism and the people who live their lives fighting to be accepted. One of the ultimate goals of One World Karate is to create a mainstreamed, inclusive environment outside of the schools where children with special needs such as Autism can interact on equal footing with Neuro-Typical (NT) peers.

This is to increase acceptance and understanding on both sides of the divide. Autistic students need social interactions with NT peers because that’s who they are going to interact with throughout their lives. For the same reason, the NT population needs to be better educated about the realities of Autism.  Autism isn’t going anywhere soon.

My reasoning is that as a society we are either moving forward towards true acceptance and understanding, or we are moving backwards. There is no standing still.

Autsim Awareness

Organizations like Autism Awareness help inform the public

Here in America we we have legislation in place such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to help assure equal access to public places such as restaurants, workplaces, movie theaters, etc. We have Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to assure equal and appropriate educational opportunities for students with special needs.  We have public and private businesses striving to help specific special needs groups to get the funds for research, public awareness, and political clout to continue their progress towards something like a cure, or treatment. But there is more that can and must be done.

If we are not moving forwards, we are moving backwards.

Over the weekend in Ireland, the Irish Examiner newspaper published a piece of rubbish by a psychologist who proclaimed that Autism was caused by inattentive, unloving, and abusive parents – a morally and scientifically bankrupt view that was debunked in America more than 30 years ago.

Read a scathing rebuttal HERE

If we are not moving forwards, we are moving backwards.

France as a society STILL classifies Autism as a mental illness and often removes Autistic children forcibly from their homes and places them in an institution for life. Despite 30 years of positive, scientifically validated alternative views and treatments put forth from the international community – especially in America – France stubbornly refuses to admit that their psychology based theory of unloved babies is detrimental and flat out cruel.

If we are not moving forward, we are moving backwards.

One World Karate

One World Karate wants to be part of the push forward

In light of these reprehensible “theories” and practices, we here in more enlightened societies have an even greater mandate to push forward. Our efforts may not only help our own people, but one day could make it so that there is simply no more choice elsewhere but to acknowledge that our way works and theirs doesn’t.

Certainly, we can’t sit by and allow the nightmare views of “Ireland’s most respected psychologist” to gain a foothold here in America.

If we are not moving forward, we are failing our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. We are failing our co-workers, neighbors, friends and family.  Ultimately, we are failing ourselves as well.

One in 150 children are born on the Autistic spectrum.  We simply can not afford to move backwards.