Note: if you want to read up on the subject, try Wrong Planet - Autism Community and Autism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A lot of people are diagnosed with autism or some form of it. Even more have autism and don't have or need a diagnosis. It's a spectrum; on one of the spectrum you have a severe mental disability and on the other end you have people that are perfectly healthy, if perhaps coming off as a little awkward.
There tends to be a clash between the parents/caretakers of the first group and the people in the second group. Organizations like Autism Speaks wholly represent the parents of the first group, and are thus biased; but the same can be said of people in the second group, who only have their own experiences to go on.
From organizations like Autism Speaks comes talk of there needing to be a cure for autism. This is understandable, because parents/caretakers often have a lot of trouble with their kids, but it's controversial.
Personally, I'm in the second group, and I oppose the whole idea of a cure. Asperger's (a type of autism) is a part of my personality. You can't think of it as separate from me. Therefore, curing me would essentially kill me--I'd be a different person.
What do you think? What would something do to be considered a cure for autism, and should there be one?