Ok, it's Autism Awareness Month. Many people from both the disability and general community are blogging about it. I have no problem with the idea of educating people around disability issues. That's one of the reasons I set up my own blog in the first place. It just seems to me that there isn't enough discussion about disability life.
However; in all the stuff I've read lately about autism in blogs, I've seen a statement over and over that really disturbs me. People keep saying that there are more cases of autism than diabetes, cancer, and AIDS combined. I swear I've seen this at least 20 different times since the beginning of April. Why does this bother me?
AUTISM IS NOT A DISEASE!!!
For God's sake, can't people find another way to get the point across that autism numbers are increasing without comparing it to life threatening diseases? It's like people saw this statement and decided it was a good idea to use it themselves. Why not say there are more cases of autism than all the apples in the orchard. Or there are more cases of autism than the stars you can see on a clear night.
Just had to get that off my chest...