Skip to main content

Kerry Magro, a 24 year old with Autism, posted the following video on his Facebook page and on the Autism Speaks website.  He speaks for himself, but he also says many things that as a mother of a daughter who lives with autism speaks for me.  Thank you Kerry for being so eloquent.

Many people living with autism are feared and misunderstood because they may act, learn and think differently.  It hurts each and every time someone recoils or glares when my 20 year old daughter does something atypical.  Isolation for those living with autism and the families who love and support them is already prevalent.  Distorted media reports and the potential for scapegoating the autism community will only hurt an already vulnerable population.  With the gun control debate resurfacing in the nation and Congress, we need to be careful not to marginalize a population of people who are generally the victims of bullying and abuse.

Difficulty with communication and social skills is the hallmark of autism.  They have difficulty communicating and are misunderstood frequently, in a social world they tend to be isolated.  Too many people living with autism are lonely.  Instead of fearing or turning away from those who are different, we need to take the time to learn more about them.  All of the individuals I know that live with autism have wonderful abilities and unique perspectives in the way they look at and approach life.

There is much we don't know about autism and with 1 in 88 being diagnosed with autism, we need to do a better job learning about them and making room for them in our society.

With great sadness and grief, for all of the victims, those who were lost and those who survive, may we do a better job of living together in our diverse society.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site