I have berated the Mail in the past for their persistent espousal of Andrew Wakefiel, siezing on the flimsiest of evidence to publish scare stories about MMR and Autism. But credit where credit is due. Today they printed a commentary under the splendid headline
The article is written by Virginia Bovell. Her son is severely autistic. She helped to found the Treehouse School in London which is based on the principles of ABA. She is active within the National Autistic Society and has written an excellent article. You can add your comments to the online edition.
In the same issue, the Mail has published an article on the ethical issues raised by new developmenmts in genetic testing, including the use of sex testing to reduce autism that I referred to in my blog Autism Acceptance or Genetic Testing?
I am an autistic adult and a valid member of society. No one can tell how an autistic child will fare later in life, what they will grow to be. I am an example of a succesful adult (I will be studying for a degree in Autism next year), there are many others like me.
In fairness not every autistic person will end up at University anymore than every "neurotypical" child but even the severity of Autism during childhood is no indicator of how the child will grow into an adult and unlike some conditions, autism is not an invitation to an early grave. No one can tell before birth which child will be a future Prime Minister, or Wayne Rooney, or which will die in a car accident or from a drugs overdose during a life of Crime.
Every child has equal value whatever their future station in life.