Whenever I hear someone call a child "an autistic" I feel like screaming. That is like calling someone with the flu...a flu. Calling someone with cancer..."he is a cancer" or calling someone with PCOS "she is a polycystic" Maybe I should call her "oh, she is a low IQ, and she is a rude bad manner."
While that is something that really bothers me, I had a conversation with a woman the other day that I just had to leave quite quickly. First, she was telling me how her son was adopted. Then she said that the birthmother could not handle him because her older child is an autistic (things 1 and 2 that bothered me, I am sure the mother could have handled him, but gave him up for whatever else reasons, birthmothers usually love their children, they could have aborted and did not, and gave them up for whatever reasons). I stupidly mentioned that autism can be genetic, her response was that she knows. But then goes on to say her baby could never have autism because he is too smart and he is too happy. Ummm, kids with autism can be smart. I hate hate hate people who are so prejudiced and no nothing about ASD but presume to know all. Kids with autism can be perfectly happy too. Her baby was 4 months old. My child who has PDD-NOS was all smiles and happy at 4 months old.
This just brings us back to when my son got his IEP and suddenly, teachers did not want him in their classes. It was only the gifted class teachers who would say this. They would claim that no child with an IEP can handle their classes. I am sick of stupid prejudiced bigoted rude people.