I went offline for about 24 hours and came back to another true story about a mother murdering her Autistic child.
And right now, I can’t regurgitate the same things I’ve been saying every other time an Autistic child is murdered by his/her parent.
I just can’t.
What I can do. What I want to do. What I need to do is unequivocally deny the claim made by Dee Shepherd-Look regarding Autistic children. In an interview with NBC News, she said that she was surprised that Autistic children are not murdered by parents more often and, “These children are really unable to be in a reciprocal relationship and the moms don’t really experience the love that comes back from a child — the bonding is mitigated,” she told NBC News. “That is one of the most difficult things for mothers.”
She’s an expert who runs an “education group for mothers of Autistic children.”
We don’t need more uneducated experts dangerously mis-educating parents and the general population about Autistic people.
Autistic people love.
Autistic people are perfectly capable of reciprocal relationships.
Take it from me. I’m an actual expert on having reciprocal relationships with Autistic people.
I’m in many, in fact. Loving, two way friendships with the most lovely people–Autistic people.
And I am in a loving relationship with my Autistic daughter.
My Autistic daughter loves. That picture above? That’s her loving her younger sister.
She lavishes love and affection those close to her.
She loves. She loves. She loves.
Don’t tell me she doesn’t love.
Think Autistic people are incapable of loving? That says more about you than it does about the people you’re mis-characterizing.
*** I don’t have the energy to devote to critiquing murder apologists. But others have done a heartbreakingly wonderful job. So if you’re inclined to say, “Walk in the mother’s shoes” after reading about a 6 year old being tossed 130 feet off a bridge into ice cold water by his mother?
First read this:
“Here, try on some of my shoes.” by Radical Neurodivergence Speaking
Then read these which are specific to London’s murder:
“Not again…#Justice for London” by Kimberly Faith of Eccentricities and Introspection
“#JusticeForLondon” by Heather of Raising Rebel Souls
“.…I dare you.” by Michelle of Amazing Adventures Parenting Autistic Children
“Murder of London McCabe, Age 6” by Paula Durbin Westby
“Faces” by Lei of Autistic Times Two
“Another Child” by ischemgeek