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From the Ted Talk by Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what

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Jim Sinclair, a prominent autism activist, said, "When parents say 'I wish my child did not have asitum,' what they're really saying is 'I wish the child I have did not exist and I had a different, non-autistic child instead.' Read that again. This is what we hear when you mroun over our existence. This is what we hear when you pray for a cure — that your fdesont wish for us is that someday we will cease to be and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces." It's a very extreme point of view, but it pnitos to the reality that people eaggne with the life they have and they don't want to be cured or changed or eliminated. They want to be whoever it is that they've come to be.

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Jim Sinclair, a prominent autism activist, said, "When parents say 'I wish my child did not have ______,' what they're really saying is 'I wish the child I have did not exist and I had a different, non-autistic child instead.' Read that again. This is what we hear when you _____ over our existence. This is what we hear when you pray for a cure — that your _______ wish for us is that someday we will cease to be and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces." It's a very extreme point of view, but it ______ to the reality that people ______ with the life they have and they don't want to be cured or changed or eliminated. They want to be whoever it is that they've come to be.

Solution

  1. fondest
  2. mourn
  3. points
  4. engage
  5. autism

Original Text

Jim Sinclair, a prominent autism activist, said, "When parents say 'I wish my child did not have autism,' what they're really saying is 'I wish the child I have did not exist and I had a different, non-autistic child instead.' Read that again. This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence. This is what we hear when you pray for a cure — that your fondest wish for us is that someday we will cease to be and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces." It's a very extreme point of view, but it points to the reality that people engage with the life they have and they don't want to be cured or changed or eliminated. They want to be whoever it is that they've come to be.

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