Autism Speaks Doesn't Speak for Autistics

The problem people have with autism is the stigma—which was mainly caused by Autism Speaks—surrounding it. Autism Speaks’ promotional tactics create fear in the world that causes those who don’t fully understand it or know what it is to think and believe autism is an awful disease that needs a cure. They made up statistics about how autism ruins marriages, how autism causes family gatherings to become “impossible”.

The most Autism Speaks has done for me, an autistic, is cause my family and people close to me who don’t know better to rely on the stigma and not embrace the different—to not long for a new way to connect with people. Rather than truly trying to understand us and communicate with us, they are wanting to dispose of us, namely the “low-functioning"—because they see autism as a horrendous disease; because they have been raised to accept only one way of communicating, one way of connection and one way of thinking. They are not the ones with the power to truly change the world for the better, because they do not and will never accept change.

Autism is a part of me—it’s who I am.

If you think you are helping autistics by supporting Autism Speaks, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Please don’t let there be another ten years.

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