"I find it beyond offensive. Not just her statement, but Autism Speaks long history of ignoring the voices of autistic people, and dedicating only 4% of their massive wealth to helping families."
"I feel stupid because I don't see the insensitivity."
"I find offense on both sides. I see things my child may never be able to do. I know there are kids worse off but Autism needs as much awareness-publicity as possible so even the higher functioning can get help. The squeaky wheel get more attention the louder it gets. Take a look at Miley Cyrus."
"I don't find it offensive at all. The woman stated what is reality for many people. Maybe autistics themselves don't agree and find her comments offensive, but as a parent and 24/7 caregiver she gave an accurate description of many, not all, of my days. The woman's comments were a bit harsh, but they are a reality to many people caring for those on the spectrum... No organization is perfect and autism speaks has provided me with invaluable resources when I could find them nowhere else."
"I get offended by the 'yay, autism!' crowd who deny the reality of my daughter's suffering and who are trying to stop the search for a cure. I really don't get it- you don't see people with other medical conditions trying to deny the reality of their suffering or rejecting the search for a cure."
"I've...found so much more helpful information and resources from organizations and pages run by autistic adults. So much less fear mongering, and also getting to hear the perspective of adults who grew up with the message (that I find hateful) of autism speaks that they were burdens and only brought woe to their families."
"Maybe I may seem a bit terrible for this. I believe that because one of the main features of autism is impairment in the ability to put themselves in another person's shoes and show empathy, there is no doubt there is a somewhat insensitivity to the difficulties experienced by parents/caregivers, on the part of now adult autistics. Many autistics have no idea what it was like to care for them, even as hf as they may be. Of course many of the people hating Suzanne Wright for her comments feel the way they do, many of them being autistics. They have little if any perspective. I'm actually disgusted that Ms. Wright told the ugly truth, and she is persecuted for it. Yes, there are many interesting quirks and some great things about autism, but I'd be lying if I said I was jumping for joy on the day of diagnosis. Sorry, it's not to the liking of many, but Suzanne had many undeniable truths in her statement."
"It may be your truth, and it may be Mrs. Wrights truth, but my son is NOT a tragedy or a mistake, or a cause of woe and strife. Yes, the way his brain works makes life really hard sometimes, but ya know, so does the way my brain works. I feel like Mrs. Wright falls in line with the "murder your disabled child" apologists, and that makes me sick."
"Both sides think the other is in denial. I had no idea that Suzanne Wright made any comments about our children on the spectrum being mistakes or that our children themselves are tragedies. I think it's a tragedy that so many people have taken her statements so far. We all want what's best for our children no matter our circumstances, our children's severity of autism, etc. I don't have to love autism and all of its comorbid disorders in order to love my child."