It was a few months ago that I read the claim that current president Donald Trump made that vaccines cause autism and we must find a cure for these “sick” people. Well, fine, vaccines also cause bigotry and we must find a cure for the States’ “sick” president. Autism is not an illness. It does not have a cure. And as I mentioned last week, vaccines are no more capable of causing autism than lightbulbs are of causing a melanoma. The question is, how can the autistic community speak up for themselves in light of those medieval (or medi-evil) people in power? Well, I’m not going to write directly to Trump and have him invite me to live in America so I can be arrested for slander. I’ll just write the letter – what I would write here:
Dear Mr President,
I am going to start by saying I am not an American citizen, nor have I ever been. With your country being divided by political beliefs go, however, it has been impossible to not see you on the television in New Zealand most nights, stating your opinions. One of your opinions that, in all honesty, concerned me, was the idea that ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) was an illness caused by vaccines that needed curing.
Please do not take this the wrong way. I do not disrespect you and the good people who have tried to prove this. But it is fruitless to try. As an autistic individual who has kept a steady job tutoring through an agency and teaching a young woman with an intellectual disability to cook safely and efficiently, I feel that you are underestimating many of the people on the spectrum. You may know of the franchise Pokemon, created by Satoshi Tajiri. He is one of the most successful people in the world, and he is on the spectrum. In fact, some people would say that he could not have created this international success if he wasn’t. Would you really want him to be “cured” so he would stop creating?
Another point to be made: One of your predecessors, President Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776, was speculated to be on the spectrum. He was born before vaccines were invented, and he had autism from birth. So that, as far as I am concerned, prove that vaccines, in fact, did not cause autism in many cases. I know many children who have been vaccinated, and none of them developed any quirks that made little sense after being vaccinated. It’s true that vaccinations in the past have been dangerous, but the ones today are proved safe, with no permanent side effects.
I hope you will not think ill of me or my judgement, just because of my being unafraid to admit that I am on the spectrum. I very much intend to just inform, and not insult.
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