“Autism is not anything to be cured. We just have differently wired brains, not diseased, not less, just different” – that was one person’s reaction to a controversial debate on the condition in the Worcester News.
After our report on concern at how long it takes to provide children with a diagnosis of autism in Worcestershire, and ways to speed that up, Nicholas Hatton from Bromsgrove sent a letter which we published.
Mr Hatton said he was shocked that “professionals are diagnosing this condition to such an extent.”
“The notion of this disorder as a ‘disease’ that must be brought under control is illogical,” he wrote. “There is no known cure for autism – what good does it do to bandy these diagnoses around?”
Mr Hatton said more money needed to be spent on “cancer and other serious illnesses” and also on libraries and sports clubs “that encourage social involvement.”
His letter provoked a strong response from members of a support group for people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD).
Speaking anonymously, one said: “We just have differently wired brains, not diseased, not less – just different, which brings with it many positives when we are able to function in an environment conducive to our needs.