Believe it or not, at one time autism was once labeled an “incurable disorder,” but that notion has crumbled in the face knowledge and understanding that will increase even as you read this. Individuals with autism show us continually that they can overcome many of autism’s most challenging characteristics. But sadly, it is the people with little to no knowledge of autism who can really affect those experiencing the disorder.
There’s nothing more uplifting than hearing about the love between a mother and a child—especially if that child has special needs. Little Cadence is a 7-year-old girl who suffers from autism. Her recent correspondence with her mom about her disorder is enough to release the waterworks.
The written exchange between Cadence and her mother came about after Cadence was feeling overwhelmed by negative news in the media about autistic people. Cadence asked her mother in the note if “being autism” made her “bad.” Her mom then responded with a question that would highlight where her daughter was absorbing this information.
Cadence replied, “Grownups always say it’s hard being mom or dad if your kid is autism and it said on the TV if your autism you hurt people. And kids who are autism have to be put in a [jail] to keep others safe or tied up.”
Then Cadence asks mom another question, which was met with a resounding, “No!” Cadence said, “I don’t like hurting people. I don’t like being scared. I would be scared in a [jail] room. I was born autism but that doesn’t mean I was born bad.”
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The heartbreaking exchange was enough to make mom cry. She explained to her daughter that she had happy tears because her daughter was aware. But she also said she had sad tears because “there are lots of people who do not know what is true.”
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