When we cure autism, we seek to eradicate all traces of autism and convert the autistic to be NeuroTypical. Fixing autism is much less ambitious – the goal is to change the autistic just enough so that they are not a burden to their caretakers.
Fixing autism is the more politically correct cousin of curing autism. While most caretakers and organizations may deny that they wish to fix autism, their actions prove otherwise. Look at the schedule of an autistic under their care, and you will see:
• A strong emphasis on life skills, especially on doing housework.
• Some emphasis on sports, which provides a healthy alternative to addictive computer games
• Very little emphasis on developing talents, acquiring skills in high demand, or developing careers
The ideal autistic is a docile, polite and conscientious domestic helper who will take the initiative to clean up after himself. He will follow simple instructions and be able to handle menial jobs (which incidentally pay very little and will be made obsolete in the near future).
This is a good strategy if caretakers just want to cut their losses because they think that any further investment in their child will go to waste. It is a terrible strategy if they seek to develop the talent and potential of their child and provide him with a sustainable future in an uncertain world of constant change.
The question is less of if the child truly lacks the intellectual ability to develop anything of potential, but more of if the caretakers are willing to make their best effort to try.
When the parents try to protect the child from stress by not entrusting him with extra challenges, and when the teacher keeps insisting on dumbing down the lesson plans to make it super easy to understand, they are slowly erasing the future of the child.
Last but not least, while I understand that housework may be essential and unavoidable, but being able to earn lots of money to outsource housework is an even better solution than becoming a competent domestic worker.