Letter to Toni Braxton Regarding Diezel’s Autism Status — The Liberal Aspie

Autism is NOT a disease that can be cure it is a way of thinking and experiencing the world. One does not simply git rid of Sensory Processing Disorder or change the wiring of their brains.

It is mentally damaging to make Aspies learn to blend in like neurotypical kids because it implies that they way they were born was not good enough.

WHY can’t he just be a wonderful Autistic boy? Why does he have to be “normal”. Poor kid is going to have self esteem issues in the future.

Dear Toni Braxton, Recently, you have announced in an interview with Access Hollywood that your youngest son, Diezel, “is no longer autistic,” giving credit to Suzanne Wright–in light of her death from pancreatic cancer–for his ability to “overcome his diagnosis.” I’m sorry to have to say this as a fan of your music, but… [. . .]

To say that your son is “showing no signs of autism” is to say that he has been taught to mask every trait that comprises his neurology in order to pass as a normal, average person. In other words, you and the therapists Wright referred him to have taught him that being autistic is frowned upon by society–and it shouldn’t be. Diezel may be a social butterfly now thanks to the speech and language therapy he received in school, assuming he wasn’t referred to a therapist outside of an academic facility, but that does not stipulate that he’s transformed into a neurotypical person.
Oh, and the “my son Diezel suffered from autism” line? The word “suffered” should only apply to cancer patients, NEVER autistic kids. God only gifted Diezel with the ability to think differently from everyone else.

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11 thoughts on “Letter to Toni Braxton Regarding Diezel’s Autism Status — The Liberal Aspie”

  1. Thank you so much for articulating this. When Toni Braxton made her statement about her son, I was bothered by it and could not put my finger on the reason. I know autism isn’t something a person just “gets over.” While I wish that one day my non-verbal five-year-old will be able to have a typical conversation, I would not be naive in thinking that he’s no longer autistic if that did occur.

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  2. I read her letter. I liked how she addressed the topic of forcing someone to pretend to be what they are not. The Braxton family may come to find that, while their son may have better learned to cope with his autism, that it is a farce to think it went away. I have to correct you regarding autism being a way of thinking differently. I would give almost everything I have to be rid of my acute sensory processing that greatly limits my life. It is tied to my being autistic. It does hurt and frustrate me when other autistics, (usually much more capable than I) are saying it is only a way of “thinking differently or a “different processing system. Please consider the fact there are a range of experiences-if you’ve met one person with autism…No offense, but it does hurt and minimalise my experience-my being.

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    1. Thank you – and sorry for being offensive! I promise that was not my intention. In my mind, although sensory processing disorder IS connected to Autism it seems to vary SO much between us that I’ve almost begun to see it as it’s own monster – separate but tied to Autism. For me my Autism is not a disability, but my sensory overload and SPD symptoms are debilitating. If I could give away the pain without changing the way I experience the world too much than I would trade it in a minute but I would never want to give up my Autistic mind set. I just get so ticked every time I see that story in my news feed and was not clear with my words. ❤

      I have updated my post because as you and I know – you are correct Autism is MUCH more than that.

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      1. Thank you for seeing my experience. If I could get rid of my hyper-acute hearing and anxiety, meltdowns and intrusive thinking associated with OCD, I would like to keep the creative part of my autism. I wish there were and hope there will be more treatments. I agree that pretending the condition is cured-as of September 2016 is wishful thinking. There is nothing bad about being born with autism. God doesn’t make mistakes and He does want the best -for all of us.

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  3. I hope he is not like my husband and I ‘normal’ for a couple of years, then breakdown – suicidal, depressed, anxious wrecks that didn’t leave the house, with the lovely baby my psychiatrist said I could have because I was cured.

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