July 17, 2013 at 6:58 AM
A dialogue about autism
Speaking up makes a difference
Kate Riley, I want to thank you for the wonderful piece about autism. [“Column: Ads expose a dialogue about autism,” Opinion, July 14.]
I truly appreciate your effort to educate the community about identity and mental-health issues. Though autism isn’t considered a mental illness per se, those who live with it, like your son, are more likely to be defined by it rather than accepted for it.
Only by speaking up about it will more people come to understand that a wide range of health issues — whether it’s mental illness, depression, emotional disturbances, post-traumatic stress disorder or autism — are common in our society.
Once we all begin to comprehend this, to truly and deeply acknowledge it, then we can come together as a community. Thank you again.
Steve McLean, Sound Mental Health director of communications, Seattle
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