My friend and I decided to look up some definitions for this word that has been used to classify me. This is what I found in one on line dictionary:
a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time: a flu epidemic.
a disease occurring in such a way.
a sudden, widespread occurrence of a particular undesirable phenomenon: an epidemic of violent crime.
Am I a carrier of a disease? An infectious one? Am I an undesirable phenomenon?
The answer is NO. But you would believe that autism is indeed infectious and contagious, and that we, autistics, are undesirable, if you are paying attention to the conversation happening without our input.
The media, and organizations that claim expertise in autism – but that never listen to autistics – sound the alarm of a “dreadful future, with the world full of