Rapper J. Cole has offered what appears to this observer to be a very sincere apology, one offered without qualifications and one which actually offers a breakthrough for those who, like my son, suffer from severe autism. Unlike most prominent autism advocates rapper J. Cole actually acknowledged the existence of, and included in his apology, those at the severe end of the autism spectrum.
Many autism advocacy organizations and "self" advocates routinely denigrate anyone who mentions severe autism disorders. Television series, movies and feel good mainstream media rarely acknowledge the severe, low functioning end of the autism spectrum. Rapper J. Cole's apology, however, set out on his blog, DREAMVILLAIN, extended to all persons with autism disorders including those with severe autism and their families.
I hope Autism Speaks, in particular, takes note of Cole's references to those with Aspergers AND those with severe autism and their families. If Rapper J. Cole can acknowledge the existence of severe autism surely Autism Speaks can do the same and start addressing the challenges facing the 40% on the autism spectrum who also suffer from intellectual disability and the many spectrum members who suffer from serious "comorbid" conditions like epileptic seizures. Cole's apology is set out hereafter in full, as stated on his blog, with my underlining added.