I wonder if you can...
John Lennon, Imagine
Here's a thought-exercise for those who see nothing wrong with the Combating Autism Act:
Imagine an ethnic minority group—it doesn't matter which one. Imagine there are statistics showing that the members of this group are more likely to be unemployed, friendless, depressed, and other common consequences of prejudice and social exclusion. Imagine that very few of the successful members of this group are counted in compiling these statistics because many of them, to avoid discrimination, are "passing" as part of the majority group.
Imagine that the children of this group often are segregated in the public schools and are described in negative, stereotyped terms that cause them to grow up thinking of themselves as inferior and incapable. Imagine that many of these children are taunted and otherwise bullied in the schools, every day, because of differences in their speech and appearance.
Imagine that the mainstream media regularly publish stories characterizing the members of this minority group as a devastating burden, along with statistics purporting to show the lifetime cost of each such person's existence. Imagine that there are also many news stories suggesting that it is miraculous when a child who belongs to this group is able to become a productive, self-supporting adult.
Imagine that there are mandatory governmental surveillance registries tracking every child who has been identified as a member of the group.
Imagine that a powerful advocacy organization, while claiming to speak for the interests of this group, openly declares that its ultimate goal is a world in which the group is nothing but a word for the history books. Imagine that this organization makes statements suggesting that it is normal to think about murdering the children of this minority group and, at the same time, launches an advertising campaign that focuses on how many such children there are in the country.
Imagine that many politicians are influenced by such views and proceed to enact legislation which, in many respects, appears to be designed to bring about the goal of a world in which the group no longer exists. Imagine that the legislation is called the Combating [name of minority group] Act.
Imagine—if you can—how the members of this minority group must feel.