The following quotes can be found on separate memes that will be circulating the week before April’s Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month.
“…it is a pleasure to work with a child who is on mild food deprivation.” Full quote: “Let me tell you, it is a pleasure to work with a child who is on mild food deprivation, Lovaas told a room full of NSAC parents, “particularly if he has a history of being a good eater, because that is a child who is truly motivated to learn.” Source: “Strengths and Weaknesses of Operant Conditioning in the Treatment of Autistic Children.”
“People… who are obsessive about right and wrong just don’t make good teachers of developmentally disabled children.” Full quote: “People whose voices are very tender, who have difficulty asserting themselves, or who are obsessive about right and wrong, just don’t make good teachers of developmentally disabled children.” Source: NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman, chapter 7, section VI.
“As a result of following …[ABA], the child does become more of a person, an individual, more of a ‘me.'” Full quote: “As a result of following the programs presented in this book, the child does become more of a person, an individual, more of a “me.” So, we adopted the subtitle The Me Book.” Source: The Me Book by Ivar Lovaas.
“One way to look at the job of helping autistic kids is to see it as a matter of constructing a person.” Full quote: “You see, you start pretty much from scratch when you work with an autistic child. You have a person in the physical sense-they have hair, a nose, and a mouth-but they are not people in the psychological sense. Once way to look at the job of helping autistic kids is to see it as a matter of constructing a person. You have the raw materials, but you have to build the person.” Source: “Poet with a Cattle Prod.”
Dr. Jerry Kartzinel
“Autism, as I see it, steals the soul from a child;” Full quote: “Autism … steals the soul from a child; then, if allowed, relentlessly sucks life’s marrow out of the family members, one by one.” Source: Introduction to Jenny McCarthy’s book “Louder Than Words.”
“Now you look around and there are five shadows — kids with disabilities — in every class.” Full quote: “[Question:] Many scientists believe we’re simply diagnosing autism differently now — both overdiagnosing it in kids who don’t have it and spotting it better in kids who do. That makes it look like the condition is on the rise when it’s not. [Answer:] All you have to do is find a schoolteacher or principal and ask them that question. They would say they’ve never seen so much ADHD, autism, OCD as in the past. I think we’re overdiagnosing it by maybe 1%. Now you look around and there are five shadows — kids with disabilities — in every class.” Source: Time article
“For a seriously autistic kid, the best prognosis might be getting into a mainstream school without being too much of a shadow.” Full quote: “For a seriously autistic kid, the best prognosis might be getting into a mainstream school without being too much of a shadow. For a moderately autistic kid the best prognosis is full recovery.” Source
“I look at autism like a bus accident, and you don’t become cured from a bus accident, but you can recover.” Source
These are real quotes from actual people who many parents of autistics follow and believe. It is my hope that by quoting these people with their own words that people will see the truth of them and will stop listening to them and their messages of hate.
If you’re interested in sharing the graphics/quotes I will be sharing them two a day for four days on my facebook page, One Autism Perspective.