Tomorrow

[CN: Early detection; early intervention]

I read this last night. Australia’s first autism biobank officially opens tomorrow. If I wasn’t so overwhelmingly sad, this would make me angry, but it just makes me sad.

From the article:

“Nearly 5,000 samples of blood, hair and urine, taken from autistic children, their parents and a control group, will be stored in freezers and could one day deliver the answers to what causes the condition.”

How would neurotypical people feel?

How would it feel if we started collecting samples of their blood, hair and urine and storing them in freezers to determine what causes neurotypicality?

If we used autistic people as the control group, and if we made neurotypicality the “condition” that requires answers, how would that feel?

From the article:

“Early intervention … works with families who are with their child in every waking moment and teaches parents how to build that social interaction and … build that social brain and reduce that cascading effect of autism…

If there was a blood test or there was some sort of pathology or genetic testing that would diagnose children you would be able to start intervention very early.”

How would people feel if their neurotypical children had to spend every waking moment in early intervention?

If eye contact became taboo and neurotypical children were forced to stop making eye contact, then how would that feel?

What if we started insisting that neurotypical children act more autistic? How would that feel?

If we started insisting that we need to intervene in a neurotypical child’s development, how would that feel?

Early intervention aimed at normalising us traumatises us. People think that early intervention works because it makes us act less autistic, but imagine every waking moment being spent acting in a way that is not natural to you. Imagine the stress that passing for neurotypical induces.

Most of all, I wonder: If they manage to figure out a way of prenatally testing for autism, what would be the appropriate intervention then?