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Nesbitt 1 LaFrance Nesbitt Ms. Kenly British Literature 26 April 2018 Should Autistic people be discriminated? How often do you have a discussion with a friend about autism? The topic about autism barely pops up into anyones conversation these days, and I find that kind of peculiar. The question that I would like to understand is should people with autism
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  Nesbitt 1 LaFrance Nesbitt Ms. Kenly British Literature 26 April 2018 Should Autistic people be discriminated? How often do you have a discussion with a friend about autism? The topic about autism  barely pops up into anyones conversation these days, and I find that kind of peculiar. The question that I would like to understand is should people with autism be discriminated? with Discrimination is a common barrier faced by people with disabilities in need of lifesaving care. Only a handful of states have banned bias in transplants. Until more states act, this discrimination will continue. Having autism can really hurt people because professional doctors sometimes decide not to treat them. For example, a family was discriminated by several hospitals trying to help their son who was in the need of a heart transplant and had to go state to state to find help. In the article,  DISCRIMINATION ALMOST COST MY AUTISTIC SON HIS LIFE  , it says “Because of our sons disability the doctors at our local children’s hospital told us would that no facility would  perform the transplant and we should prepare for him to die.” Whatever hos  pital that told this family, that they should prepare for their son to die, should be shut down because they was being very disrespectful and not doing their job correctly. Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal  Nesbitt 2 communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences. There’s also As  perger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. People with Asperger syndrome usually have some milder symptoms of autistic disorder. They might have social challenges and unusual behaviors and interests. However, they typically do not have  problems with language or intellectual disability. Pervasive Developmental Disorder, also known as “atypical autism” is people who meet some of the criteria for autistic disorder or Asperger syndrome, but not all, may be diagnosed with PDD-NOS. People with PDD-NOS usually have fewer and milder symptoms than those with autistic disorder. The symptoms might cause only social and communication challenges.  Normally, autism mostly affected in children rather than adults. The cause of autism is still unknown and there is not telling when there would be a cure. Although, there is no cure for autism, there are treatments and education approaches that can address some of the challenges associated with the condition. Intervention can help to lessen disruptive behaviors, and education can teach self help skills for greater independence. But just as there is no one symptom or behavior that identifies people with autism, there is no single treatment that will be effective for everyone on the spectrum. Treatment must begin as early as  possible and focus on the individual’s unique strengths, weaknesses, and needs.  People with autism should not be discriminated towards anybody. A family was discriminated by several hospitals trying to help their son who was in need of a heart transplant  Nesbitt 3 and had to travel state to state to find help. In the article  DISCRIMINATION ALMOST COST MY  AUTISTIC SON HIS LIFE  , it says “Because of our sons disability the doctors at our local children’s hospital told us that no facility would perform the tra nsplant and we should prepare for him to die.” Regardless of what disability anybody have you should not say anything as disrespectful as what those doctors at that hospital told this family. It was actually unprofessional and that hospital should face some type of consequences for how they handled this situation. The family thinks since their son has a disability, the doctors at the hospital did not want to help for whatever odd reason. The cumbersome computer and heavy batteries that hang from outside the body had the power to extend his life. The local hospital that they have in their area, failed to make them aware that this therapy existed and could have extended his life. Luckily, the child survived and is doing well. He spent numerous times back and forth being hospitalized going through open heart surgeries and countless procedures. My friend has a seven year old cousin who was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He has his own language and likes to put things in his mouth. He is very smart, knows how to read, and plays the piano, but sometimes wanders off outside and does not listen. When he gets scared, he tends to spin around in circles. He is very repetitive and repeats everything you say nonstop. His parents wanted to get him tr  eatment from a children’s hospital, but was turned down. For some reason the doctors declined treated the seven year old because he was autistic. Though we've made enormous strides in changing the conversation, there is so much more we need to do to stop discrimination. Adults and children with disabilities in need of organ transplants should be afforded greater legal protections. Their lives are inherently worth saving.  Nesbitt 4 Autism is a life sentence of mental solitary confinement. You’re often alone and misunderstood by people because you see the world through a different prism. However, one good thing about autism is that you have a unique way of thinking and envisioning things that no one else does. That special way of thinking can be put to good use through the arts and other  places. People with autism should deserve the same respect and chances as anyone else. Well, autism doesn’t have to be deliberating. It does present tough challenges but they are smart enough and strong enough to handle it. Calling it a “life sentence” is perpetuating the  belief that is is some kind of disease and its giving in to the propaganda created by those who don’t understand it and benefit off of the grants and pharmaceutical industries. When someone tell another person that they have autism, for some reason they would say that they feel sorry for them, or that they are sorry to hear that. You shouldn’t feel sorry for someone because they have autism. It’s actually a natural part of humanity. And it has greatly benefited humanit y in a wide number of ways through out of the box thinkers who were most certainly on the spectrum. In today's world, some autistic people are afraid of telling people that they have autism,  because they would be treated differently. Some would often be ashamed of it because they may feel like if they didn’t have it things would be different and things in their life could have gone  better. Their parents could be treating them differently than their siblings, and if they like tried to impress their parents it would be a little harder. Therefore, their social life would not be easy at all and if their friends doesn’t notice the autism, they would fail to inform them.  
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