Reader Response to Richmond Times Dispatch Editorial on Autism: The future is diverse, accessible, and inclusive!

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The future is diverse, accessible, and inclusive!

Reader Response to Richmond Times Dispatch Editorial on Autism.


Reader Response to Richmond Times Dispatch Editorial on Autism: The future is diverse, accessible, and inclusive!

Editor, Times-Dispatch: 

If this is the opinion of Richmond Times-Dispatch, I certainly can not support it. 

I suggest you get out there and get involved with the beautiful neurodiverse community around you. Your life will be forever changed. 

You wanted a conversation, here it is:

What’s best for us all is an inclusive society. One where all people have opportunities. One where all people are respected for their differences and able to reach their potential. 

Let’s be real here... you aren’t concerned with the “burden” this places on teachers or the education of “normal’” students as Bacon likes to put it. You are concerned with taxpayers money. You believe education isn’t a right unless you fit the typical mold of society. You believe those with differences aren’t worthy and less than. You believe education is expensive and shouldn’t fall on taxpayers. News flash: A society of uneducated people, will indefinitely fall on the taxpayer. 

As you mentioned, this is 21st century America, this conversation needs to be about the rise in Autism, and how money needs to be allocated to help educate and anticipate a continued rise. Our school systems need to be a priority and overhauled to fit the needs of all students, regardless of their parents income, because that’s the real problem here. 

The future is diverse, accessible, and inclusive. If this isn’t something RTD aligns with, I can already foresee its future.

I can’t change RTD’s mind. I can only invite you and others to get involved. Hoping you transform into strong advocates for Autism/neurodiversity in society, schools, and the workforce. A great way to give back to our community is through Frank Community Farm. Frank Community fills this even more apparent and desperate need for neurodiversity in the workforce. 

To Bacon, I have to assume you wrote the article: I want your job. You do not deserve it. Being a voice in the community comes with great responsibility and you are unfit to lead. And sir, there is nothing “normal” about me, not as a child, not now, not ever, and that’s a beautiful thing. It keeps me free from forming an archaic egotistical mindset such as your own. 

As I mentioned above, I find important to say again to you: The future is diverse, accessible, and inclusive! 

Article highlights from: “Who Speaks for the “Normal” Kids?” written on Bacons Rebellion:

“That still leaves the other 60% of disciplinary cases caused by students who are not “disabled.” Many, no doubt, are poor and have not been socialized according to middle-class behavioral norms. I’m sure every one of them has a heart-wrenching tale to tell. Most were neglected, abused or suffered extreme hardship in some way. What about their “rights?”

Here’s my argument: My right to swing my fist ends at your nose. Likewise, no one has a “right” to participate in a class where they disrupt another child’s education. If a kid suffers from a disability, socio-economic disadvantage or just lousy parenting, that’s a personal tragedy. School systems should have places where such kids can continue their education. But their right to an education should not supersede the same right of students who are able and willing to behave themselves.”

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On a different note:

These are my amazing friends at Frank Community Farm, creating their works of art that is sold locally here in Richmond, if you would like to make a purchase to support them, you may do so by contacting them directly.

My life has been forever changed and enriched just to know my friends at FCF. When we get to work together they always say how much they like working with me and ask when I will be back. I have never felt so accepted in my life. Certainly not by another coworker.  

Learn more about Frank Community Farm here

They are currently trying to raise funds to complete their production space, where interns can continue to work and serve their community.

Victoria N. McGovern

Victoria is

A neurodivergent woman with a voice & mind of her own.
Her passions include: normalizing being human, radical progression & sugar-free conversation.