Is it ever ok to joke about autism? A question that people ask themselves but they don’t tend to ask it out loud. After all what if you offend someone, what if the person next to you is struggling with it themselves? How about if you are the one living it day to day? Then can you joke about it?
We often have a little joke about our little lad and his quirks, sometimes laughing about it helps you get through to day, after all sometimes if you didn’t laugh you would have to cry.
I found a really interesting article on the Guardian website by a comedian called John Williams who is also the owner of a blog called my sons not rainman, where he talks about autism and how it affects his life as a single parent. The blog is co-written and edited with the help of his son.
The article is absolutely worth a read as it explains how the first time he mentioned his sons autism on stage it caused shock with the audience, how people were not sure if they could laugh or not, and how he has managed to turn that around with the help of his son.
People like him and his son are working towards getting Autism recognised more in society.
The article can be found here
My Son’s Not Rainman: One Man, One Autistic Boy, A Million Adventures by John Williams is published by Michael O’Mara, £7.99. To order a copy for £6.55, go tobookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846.