The short answer is yes.

The long answer is yes, but we should never force that cure on anyone.

It’s hard to look at someone with severe autism and imagine what they must be going through. Every noise like piercing pain in their ears, senses constantly firing at a thousand percent in a myriad of painful ways. They don’t understand what’s happening around them, living in a continual state of confusion and fear.

My little brother has autism this severe. He also has IBS. When his pain starts up, he’s incapable of doing anything other than thrashing around in agony. His screams fill the house, and he’s completely unable to describe the sort of pain he’s in, information we need to give him the right medication.  If it’s in his gut he needs an intestinal antispasmodic, and if it’s in his esophagus we need to give him a lot of antacid, but we can’t do both.  Worse yet, if it’s in a new place, we’re incapable of diagnosing what kind of pain it is.  It can take us weeks or months to identify what is wrong, because he’s incapable of telling us what is.

Curbies, as they are so condescendingly called, are not trying to cure people with high-functioning autism.  If you’re able to live independently, happily, get through your life the way you want, you’re not someone who needs a cure.  If you want a cure, feel welcome, but nobody is making you.  If you’re not suffering from your autism, sincerely, I’m glad.

But there are people out there suffering from autism, and my little brother is one of them.  A cure should be available for anyone who is in pain, for anyone who is suffering, for anyone who feels so isolated from the world that they’re only half alive.  This is the point that anti-cure people miss; this is the point where autism stops being a quirky but immaterial difference, and starts ruining lives, ruining the lives of the people who have it.