This poll is directed towards adults diagnosed with ASD: Do you feel that autism is a disease and that donated funds should be focused on finding "a cure?"
Yes. I feel that autism is a disease, researching a cure will provide children an opportunity to have a higher quality of life than I have, and have had. Why wouldn't we research that?
Yes, I feel that autism is a disease, and even AS AN ADULT if it was possible to be "cured," I would most certainly try it, if I was informed by a medical professional that the benefits outweighed any risks (risks
Yes, autism is a disease, and if we had a cure I would subject myself to trying it, even if perhaps was informed by a medical professional that the risks of harm outweighed the potential benefits (risks > benefits). I would still like to try.
As I was growing up, my parents did try various "promising cures, treatments or therapies" with (what I perceive as) positive, and beneficial, outcomes.
As I was growing up, my parents tried various "promising cures, treatments or therapies," with (what I perceive as) negative -- and possibly even traumatic, outcomes.
Of course autism is not a disease, and I find this whole (ongoing) debate highly frustrating.
Autism is not a disease, nor is it new. Some of the greatest minds of all time have been autistic.
I'm tired of this debate: autism is not a disease, and I wish that more people understood this. I feel the opinions of the adult ASD community are largely unheard on this matter.
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