Author Kathy Lette has written a breathtakingly beautiful post about her love for her son. She pleas for society to stop “forcing autistic people” to act normal, and instead she asks that we “help them to become their best autistic selves by focusing on what they can do instead of what they can’t.”
Lette, 57, is a mother of two children – Julius, 25 and Georgina, 23.
It’s her son, Julius who is the focus of a Facebook post Lette wrote about his battle to be accepted as a person with autism and the incredible achievements he has made.
Kathy Lette: You might as well have ripped my heart out of my chest and stomped on it. Image via Facebook.
She writes “When my autistic son was nine he came home with a sign sticky-taped to his back saying “Kick me I’m a retard.” Tearing up, he stammered, “The kids call me a retard… What is a retard?” You might as well have ripped my heart out of my chest and stomped on it. Going to school now became his second favourite thing, after stubbing his toe repeatedly until it went gangrenous.”
She says that Jules, as she calls him, had an encyclopedic knowledge of the Beatles, Buddy Holly and Shakespeare by the age of eight, but that the school system did not suit him.
“The only subject at which he excelled in class became ‘phoning in sick’. Being put on detention for misinterpreting homework and constantly belittled by classmates meant that school became little more than a master class in low self-esteem. “
“By high school, while most students were striving to learn math and grammar; Jules was striving to make himself invisible.”