Hey, hucksters! Example of a sales pitch illustrating how to ensure that I never buy your books or products: “If you have a child with autism, you know that life is NOT like a roller coaster ride. It’s more like hanging upside down on a triple corkscrew that makes sudden and surprising stops in shark infested waters . . .” So weary of hysteria, hyperbole and fear-mongering as marketing and fund-raising tools. If this is the sales pitch, we can only imagine the tone of the books.
As for the insinuation that autism turns our kids into the metaphorical stereotype of sharks, my contempt for this kind of thinking knows no bounds. Life with a child with autism is indeed a roller coaster ride, because life itself is a roller coaster ride. One of my favorite Jed Baker quotes: “People with autism are like everyone else, only more so.” So, we’re on the Coney Island Cyclone instead of the kiddie coaster. The view from the top is spectacular.