mother of someone who has Autism. My ultimate pet peeve is when people make jokes about Autism. People should be sensitive about this. I even wrote something a few years ago against a politician the whole entry on that can be found here. I thought by now people should know better and at least have a better understanding of how to say things the politically correct way.
I thought wrong because I read the speech of Archbishop Soc Villegas and he used the word Autistic. Seriously!!!! someone even had the gall to say to me maybe he was taken out of context.
”I know many of you, my dear youth, do not believe in the Church anymore. You think the Church does not understand. That the church is autistic. May sariling mundo.”
Autism is a neurological condition affecting millions of Filipinos. Individuals with autism have a unique way of processing things they see, hear, feel, taste and smell. . Doctors consider it a developmental disorder. Governments legally recognizes it as a disability. Families who live with autism have daily struggles not everyone can understand. We are struggling with so many things and these jokes are not helping our kids at all.
The word “autistic” is not a joke or an insult equivalent to beng unintelligent or indifferent. It is hurtful to families who live with autism when the word “autistic” is used to describe bad behavior or frustrating situations. Humor us please by telling me where the punch line is. I honestly can’t see it all..
To use the word “autistic” without understanding its meaning is not right. It is not kind. The misconception it breeds is the root of bullying against many children and adults who live with autism in the Philippines
I read this in the Autism Society fan page and I’m copying it here. Because I am making this my own personal advocacy. Let us promise to act to stop the derogatory use of the word “autistic” and to promote the true acceptance and inclusion of Filipinos with disabilities. One simple promise can spur the change that may make life better for millions of Filipinos with autism.
Remember a “Like” is NOT ENOUGH! Spell out your pledge on Facebook, on Twitter, or on our on-line form. It is as simple as writing these words on your status update:
Facebook: Gumawa ako ng @1pangako na kikilos para mahinto ang maling paggamit ng salitang “autistic” bilang katatawanan or insulto. Isusulong ko ang tunay na pagtanggap at pagkalinga sa mga taong may disabilidad.
Twitter: Gumawa ng @1pangako na kumilos para mahinto ang paggamit ng salitang #autistic na katatawanan o insulto. #1pangako
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