Yes, I’m tired of David Kirby too. But some statements are just plain silly.
“I don’t believe autism is genetics,” he said. “I wish we could just get past that argument and accept the fact that these kids have been hit with some environmental trigger of some sort, or sorts, combined with these genetic predispositions … and get on with it.”
Here’s an admittedly sarcastic response: I am so glad when outsiders to the autism community spend years promoting an agenda that attempts to take focus away from needed science.
And, yes, I noticed that to David Kirby it is still all about “these kids”. Adults just don’t register on his radar.
Mr. Kirby is not always consistent. In the past he has stated:
I have always said there may be a small percentage of people with autism spectrum disorder (perhaps those with Asperger Syndrome) whose symptoms are a result only of their genetic makeup, with no environmental factors involved at all.
So, “a small percentage” in his view, can now be forgotten as we “get on with it”.
I wish Mr. Kirby well with his new book. I hope for the sake of the people whose lives he will affect, he has learned from the damage he caused to the autism communities.
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