Alright, so I’m gonna say right off hand that I am not autistic, so I do not and will not every fully comprehend what it’s like to be autistic. I have, however, worked with autistic kids at my school and they are the sweetest people you will ever meet. My views are Autism Speaks are so bad because of the below facts that come from this link
-Autism Speaks does not have a single autistic member on their board.
-Autism Speaks only spends 4% of their budget on “family services”.
-Much of Autism Speaks’ money goes toward research, and much of that research centers on finding a way to eliminate autism, and thus, autistics (which will likely be done through a prenatal test, in the same way that the Down’s Syndrome test is conducted).
-Autism Speaks produces advertisments, small films, etc. about what a burden autistic people are to society.
-Autism Speaks was responsible for “Autism Every Day”, which featured a member of their board talking about contemplating murder-suicide of her daughter in front of her daughter. This has now be removed from Autism Speaks’ Youtube channel.
-Autism Speaks is responsible for the atrocity known as “I am Autism”, a short film produced by the same person who directed the 3rd Harry Potter movie (yes, really) and features an ominous voice saying things like “I am autism…I know where you live…I work faster than pediatric AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined…I will make sure your marriage fails.”
From this and from looking at posts other tumblr users have made that did way more research than I did, I don’t support Autism Speaks. I’m gonna assume you sent me this because I reblogged the post about Light It Up Blue
TLDR; don’t support Autism Speaks because they’re not actually helpful