(CW: Ableism, murder, abuse)
14-year-old Issy Stapleton is currently fighting for her life after her mother tried to gas her in a car. Her own mother. Another autistic person taken before their time by the people we’re supposed to trust the most.
But you can imagine the slant the media are taking. They don’t see Issy as a person, but a burden. A problem to be solved. “Broken”. Again.
Reports of abusive “high intensity treatment” forcing Issy into meltdowns. Then these meltdowns being used to build the “burden” narrative. Again and again and again.
People comparing a 14-year-old attempted murder victim to Adam Lanza purely because they share a neurotype. Okay, so we’re violent burdens. Yet again.
This idea that all autistic children who lash out are better off dead. It’s not on. It’s really not on.
I’m thinking “Could have been me.” “Could have been my ex.” “Could have been all those people online.” Could have been so many people.
Same old story. Again, and again, and again.
On Tumblr today I saw “stop generalising neurotypicals, we don’t all hate you!” The feminists reading this should find that sentence structure very familiar indeed. If that’s your response to a murderous hate crime, you really need to sort your priorities out.
This fucked-up rhetoric that it’s better to be dead than autistic, the more general rhetoric that it’s better to be dead than disabled, needs to stop.
The near-total exclusion of autistic people from the conversation about our own neurology needs to stop.
Treating human beings as anything less than just that – human beings – needs to stop.
Just… all of it. All of this. No more.