Myth #3: Autistics want to be cured.Alex also addresses the autistic perspective on organizations like Autism Speaks, making the point that "Autism Speaks, the largest Autism organization in terms of financial capital, has no autistic employees and no board members with the condition. They disallow autistic individuals from speaking at their conferences with the rationale that "it wouldn't be appropriate."
Most autistics, in fact, do not want to be cured because they've already accepted autism as part of their personality, identity, and lifestyle. You may not understand why anyone would want to be diagnosed with a psychiatric condition, but even homosexuality was listed in the DSM as being a disorder at one point in time.
If you're interested in connecting with -- or even just learning about -- the autistic perspective on autism, Wrong Planet is a good place to start. Of course, there are other strong autistic voices out there -- and I'd be very glad to read your comments regarding blogs and sites by and for people on the autism spectrum.