As a person with Autism yourself, what are your thoughts on Autism Speaks?
Well, they’re the kind of company (or non-profit) that threatens to sue parodies of them. I don’t care if you’re curing cancer, that always makes you look bad.
Most of their funding goes to a prenatal test to determine if a child has autism (like they have one for Down’s Syndrome now) instead of helping out the lives of autistic people that already exist.
They seem more focused on finding a “cure” for autism. Autism cannot be cured, it’s a developmental disorder: the brain in an autistic individual was essentially built slightly differently than that of a neurotypical.
They pretend that adults with autism don’t exist.
All of their commercials treat autism as something that will ruin your life. Oh, not the lives of the autistic people, but the parents that they’re trying to get money out of. Here’s one of their commercials where they talk about autism like it’s an STD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mycxSJ3-_Q
Due to their portrayal of autism and that they’re the most well-known organization about autism, I’m fairly sure that they’re the reason that autism has been used in place of “stupid” when “gay” and “retarded” went out of style.
They don’t have any autistic people in any position of significance because that would damage the message that they’re trying to spread and that really hurts the funding.
I don’t like Autism Speaks. I’ve been thinking of speaking out against them for awhile now.