On a hot September afternoon in 2001, my son was born. ‘My little boy,’ I said, and the words felt wonderful. I was 39 when I had George*. The pregnancy had been tricky, but here he was in my arms, rosy and beautiful. I assumed that motherhood would make m ..
Autism Speaks, a leading autism advocacy group in the U.S., has quietly made a small but potentially meaningful change to its focus: According to a new mission statement, it will no longer be seeking a “cure” for autism spectrum disorder. As reported late last week by the developmental-disability news organization Disability Scoop, with the revamped mission statement, Autism Speaks “strikes a markedly different tone,” notes reporter Michelle Diament. “Gone are terms like ‘struggle,’ ‘hardshi ..