Ayesha Farhad

Ayesha Farhad

The author is a Pakistani who calls London her home. She is a parenting and lifestyle blogger who likes to be as transparent about motherhood as one can be. She tweets at @thecrazyammi (twitter.com/thecrazyammi)

The desi hypocrisy surrounding autism

“Aap ka bacha abnormal hai kya?”  (Is your child abnormal?) The first time I heard the word ‘abnormal,’ I was five. For me, it was an alien word. So when I reached home, I asked my mum what it meant and if my cousin was ‘abnormal’. She just brushed off the question while tending to my newborn sister, not knowing the impact it would have on me later. In light of the fact that World Autism Awareness Day was marked earlier this month, I want to talk about children like my cousin and address the insensitive way in which our desi ...

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