Just to put a note down for the uninformed (and I'm not shunning or anything to the above poster...this really is for the uninformed)...please...for the love of god...don't EVER call it a disease...it's not a micro-organism that invades the mind to do what it wants like a bacteria or virus. It's a mental condition where the brain is essentially wired in a different way causing different functions in a very very very quick nutshell (which explained absolutely nothing and is probably the wrong analogy. Sorry about that).
Now back to my opinion.
As someone who has a form of autism (Asperger's Syndrome to be exact), I don't feel it's right to say to find a "cure" for autism. Autism isn't always a bad thing, but some people, unfortunately, have such bad symptoms of it that it makes it harder for them to function normally in society.
Finding a cure for it is near impossible as it's more of a brain issue than anything that can be done by pill popping or such. That's like saying that a lobotomy was a good thing to do when it had more risks than rewards, IMO, as it had a chance of death or permanent damage to other hemispheres to the brain (correct me if I'm wrong about lobotomy).
Is it unthinkable to find a cure? I don't know. Some people take it as an over-reaction of what a "cure" is as it could be something like behavioral therapy to just function in society instead of "fixing" the brain. Is it nearly impossible with what we know of the brain in today's society? Yes. People with autism have been popping up lately as techniques in diagnosing someone has changed (it used to have been generalized as something like "Oh, this one has ADD" or "That one has [insert random mental condition that has similarities to autism]).
However, finding a way to help the people with it is another subject matter. Depending on the type of autism they have, behavioral therapy can be a good thing for people when they want to be able to function normally in society.
Now, just to put this down. Autism isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes, it can be good as it allows one to be able to think on a different level than the average person. This can go as far as someone being a savant in a subject or something, being very brilliant in said subject matter because of their intensive focus on a subject of interest. What kinds of subjects can this focus on? Well.......anything. This can be from multiple ranges such as someone who can program to someone who can understand the inner workings of the human body just as well as the next person over. Albeit, this isn't always true for all people with autism....just really depends on who has what and how it affects them.
I'm not the most verse on the subject of autism, so excuse me for anything that sounds odd to someone who does know it very well.
For those that want to read a little more, you can search around the internet for information. Wikipedia is usually pretty good about that subject as well. Here's some links to information that I just randomly searched in the past minute (lol
). Those links are a lot more informative than I ever could be.https://health.google.com/health/ref/Autismhttp://kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/brain/autism.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autismhttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutismhttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome
Notes: The last one in particular is Asperger's Syndrome, but it can also apply to autism in some areas as it does talk about it a bit. Also, be careful about clicking links in the last two as TVTropes has a vast array of information regarding devices used in movies, games, and etc. They just conveniently have an area where there's useful notes about some stuff (such as the two links I provided). Why should you be careful? This is why
(Also....I know this because I've been doing it everyday for the past couple of years :D)
Edited by scff249, 19 December 2010 - 02:54 AM.