"Do you hope there will be a cure for autism?"
I get this question from time to time. And there are some well known organizations who raise money and use a portion of funds in search of a "cure." But when I think of disease, I don't think autism.
So since autism is a disability not a disease, a cure really isn't needed. It's not like the doctor who diagnosed The Boy said to us: I'm sorry, your son has autism and he'll have 6 months to live.
Autism needs intensive therapies, specialized programs, specific methodologies to meet the unique needs of each child and adult. It needs patience. Acceptance. Unconditional love. More patience. Hope. Respect. Compassion. Wait, did I mention patience?
Diseases need to be cured. Autism needs to be understood.
We need to understand that life doesn't always run on an exact timeline. Not every achievement or milestone needs to happen for every person at the same time. We need to understand that different is not always a bad thing. Different doesn't need to be feared or cured.