Thanks to cs who left this in my comments, thank you for the information & for your eloquent sentiments. I agree with your perspective on this, you stated it beautifully. Thank you again.
"It was painted by artist Glen Angus to raise support for a bill in his state, if I remember correctly. I think it was to help cover the cost of ABA therapy or something.
I also find it offensive, but knowing the pain he must have felt when he painted it tempered that a bit. When I first saw the image I thought at least it would be interesting to see how his view would change with time.
The tragedy I see in the image isn't what the artist intended, though. Glen passed away shortly after the image was made. The real tragedy is that he didn't live to see his child grow and progress...perhaps he would have come to terms with things better in time.
He seemed like a nice man; he was a good artist, and I know he is missed in the art community.
I think it's tragic that he died with this weighing on his heart so heavily. Ultimately, I just feel very very sorry for him and his family."
Please visit this page to see the picture.
I do not know the origin of this picture. I often search via google, photobucket, & other image search engines for "autism." I'm curious to see the images, often they are very dark & depressing pictures. This one in particular was so startling. It was on Photobucket. If anyone knows its origin, please let me know. I am curious about the person or parent behind it.
The fact that the child is depicted as being buried in the dirt is very disturbing. The image of the child being in prison stripes in a jail cell furthers the stigmas that autistics have been taken hostage or have been kidnapped. The sentence underneath its title (Autism) is "Find my son before time runs out free him from the prison of his mind." What a sad statement for a parent to make about their child.