If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know what some anti-vaccine people who are parents of children with autism have to say about their children. In their minds, they “lost” their children, or their children are an intolerable burden. They write and say these things in the context of vaccines, blaming vaccines for their children’s autism. They also write and say these things in an effort to blame someone for their situation, almost as if to say, “Look how bad I have it!” Many times, it’s all about them.
When they do write about their children, they usually write horror stories about temper tantrums at malls and stores, misbehavior at school, and things of that nature. The woman who wrote that her son was like the Connecticut shooter told us stories of almost being killed by her son. In short, willingly or not, some of these parents are placing their children in the worst light. And there are people who read that and go with it. There are people who look over at their own autistic child, or any autistic child, and wonder what will happen with them and their experience.
In the “vaccine wars,” even when, yet again, we find that there is no link between autism and vaccines (any vaccine), I sometimes come across stories that shake me to the core. This is one such story, pointed out to me by the fine folks at the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism:
“The chilling facts of the boy’s savage beating by fists and feet are not in dispute.
He was left to die in the woods, his eyes, ears and nose bloody, teeth fractured, brain damaged. Months later, he cannot walk, cannot eat properly, cannot use the toilet and at 12, has to wear a diaper.
The equally chilling facts the assailant gave as reasons to hurt the boy are not in dispute.
“He’s a drain on society. His life is meaningless. It’s no big deal,” Greg Simard, 24, told police. “I did it for my country. . . . Um, maybe someone should come and shake my hand. . . a few pats on the back. . .””
Why was the boy’s life “meaningless” in the mind of Greg Simard?
“Simard pleaded guilty Friday to attempted murder Sept. 9, 2012, of the autistic boy under his care at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) in London.”
That’s right. An autistic boy was, in the mind of this person, a “drain on society” with a “meaningless” life.
What is CPRI?
“Severely autistic, and non verbal, the boy was taken to CPRI in June 2012 for assessment and treatment. His parents hoped they’d learn how to better manage his autism, which expressed itself on good days in loving hugs and smiles, happily listening to music, and on bad days in angry outbursts and self harm. The boy came home every weekend, and went back on Sundays. The week he was beaten was to be his last at CPRI before being returned to the family full time. He was dropped off at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the cottage on the grounds on Sanatorium Rd. he shared with six other developmentally delayed children.”
While it seems that Simard has some mental issues of his own, it also looks like he despised the idea in his head of what the autistic child is:
““I’m his bitch and he’s my master,” he told police.”
Read that again for a second, then think about some of the parents, relatives, and others around children with autism and how they relate to those children, how they say those children are “lost,” “gone,” or even a “burden.”