Though the mission is daunting and requires reversing the centuries-long history of “out of sight, out of mind” that the segregation of autistic individuals serves to promote, it has been done before successfully.
Isolation, unemployment, and lack of education have been assumed to be inevitable consequences of the limitations imposed by autism itself. This is simply not the entire truth. The inferior economic and social status of people with autism is not a consequence of the disability itself, but rather the result of societal barriers and prejudices. As with racial minorities and women, only true acceptance can change this landscape.
KultureCity is asking for that acceptance. Little by little, we are changing kulture, and pushing boundaries.
You see for decades, the focus has been on seeing the children as severely handicapped and mentally disabled.
Today however, we are hearing more and more amazing stories about children on the spectrum displaying talents and skills no one believed possible. Some develop computer applications, some play music with amazing talent and some non-speaking children display writing abilities that show a deep understanding of language and life.
None of the above means that raising a child on the spectrum is smooth and easy. The children do present difficulties in a range of areas including medical care, sleep patterns, eating disorders – to cite just a few.