Are you the Asshole Marie describes in her book? The type of person that makes raising a child with blindness, autism, both, other disability and/or multiple disabilities worse? "I am just writing truths and opinions about my life, my own experience , and my own feelings concerning caring for my own son." States Marie Duke in Autism and Assholes the book she wrote.
While the title seemed extreme to me at first; after reading the book I agree the title fits her walk in the realm of disability child rearing/raising. A reader that wants to read a story on heroism, is a newbie parent to the realm of disability child rearing and people involved in providing services to children with disabilities might want to consider this to be put on the top of their reading list.
I haven't excused the general public yet. People that want a peek to see what it is on the inside of this world should read it before they stick their nose in other's business. "You should put him in a home," is a sentence Marie heard. I also as a mother of a child with autism heard this very same sentence spoken to me be by experts.
One child developmental specialist Wanda Draper, that has a redo of her book, "Your Child is Smarter Than You Think," was the only one to say anything about the importance of the parents. She remains positive about the children.
Autism and Assholes is $11.99 in paper pack at Amazon and the Kindle is $6.99. The ISBN is 149215887 and the ASIN is BOOEKRNW7.
I consider this a must read to gain insight into how little people understand the real world of disabilities. How dare some tell us to put our children in a home so early in life. This proved to be wrong for Marie and me.
A heart wrenching story that will give you the understanding she deserves. You may take offense at the title but after reading it, I promise you will want to call her up and offer a heartfelt apology.
This isn't the normal book review. I don't want to take away from the story. I mainly wanted to explain and tell you why to read the book. Marie in my opinion was too nice to the people that provided services to her son.