not autism speaks

buzzfeed.com
This British Autism Charity Promoted "Dangerous" Unlicensed Treatments
A registered British autism charity has promoted “dangerous”, “harmful” unlicensed medicines and made unfounded claims about the risks of vaccines, BuzzFeed News can reveal.***************** The Autism Trust UK is based in Camberley, Surrey, and describes itself as a “vocational training and support centre for individuals with autism and families”. It was founded in 2007 by Polly Tommey, a noted anti-vaccine campaigner whose son Billy had been diagnosed with autism.************** BuzzFeed News has established that over the last five years, the charity’s social media accounts have linked to sites apparently promoting various pseudoscientific “treatments” for autism, long after some of those treatments were widely condemned as dangerous. ************ The charity has also repeatedly raised unfounded links between vaccines and autism, and suggested that other vaccines, such as the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, have injured or killed children. ************ The Times revealed last week that Tommey has close links to Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced anti-vaccine campaigner and struck-off doctor behind the vaccine-autism scare.
By Tom Chivers

* * * TW: The sidebar of the article has pictures of food and eating. * * *

Asterisks are there so you don’t get a block wall of text.

A dangerous autism charity has been exposed in the UK. If you support Autism Trust UK, drop them immediately. They’re a demonic twin of Autism Speaks…hell, they might be even worse than Autism Speaks.

  • book: shows a character info dumping, having shutdowns, having special interests, not picking up on social cues
  • book: character has a recurring verbal tick, goes from silent to extremely talkative at random
  • book: character is constantly described as having "a brain condition"
  • me: autism is a six letter word my dude
Important things to know.

Since April is approaching, it being a rather difficult month for people on the Autism spectrum, I just want to say a couple of things;

This blog and its owner/admin does NOT support Autism $peaks.

This blog is run by an actually autistic person.

This blog is safe for everyone anywhere on the Autism spectrum.

This blog is open for anyone to follow, autistic or not. But NOT for Autism $peaks supporters or p. blogs.

If you need to talk to anyone; you can send a message to this blog directly (via ask, anon or not) or to its admin on @elisparklequeen (message system or ask.)

If you have any questions about anything, feel free to send an ask.

Thank you for reading!
/Eli/

tfw your specialist changes his website’s autism symbols from puzzle pieces to a rainbow mosaic because you told him all the shit Autism $peaks does behind that puzzle piece, as well as how upsetting/triggering that makes said puzzle piece for some clients of his

Whoops!

I “accidentally” emailed my entire church choir information about why Autism Speaks is bad, why they shouldn’t light it up blue and what Autism Speaks does with their money. I also “accidentally” mentioned what #REDInstead is while I was at it.

I already got one reply back from a new choir member who said she had no idea how awful they were. She’s pulling her support of them immediately, she’s telling her daughter to pull her support too, and she’s going to buy some red outfits for April.

Whoops!


The use of “whoops” is meant to be playful sarcasm.

anonymous asked:

Did you get the official brand of kinetic sand ? Cuz i think they support autism speaks (if you did please dont feel bad its not your fault)

Oh no I didn’t, this was just some we found at a store at the mall and it’s just called Sand haha.

(For those of you who aren’t aware, Autism Speaks is a bad organization and you shouldn’t support it, here’s an article on why, just incase any of you were going to ask me about this!)

anonymous asked:

hi! I wanted to share this with someone... there's an Autism Speaks group on my college campus, and they do tables sometimes. seeing them makes me so uncomfortable, and I told myself I'd do smth about it. so I did! I wrote them a polite letter about why A$ is bad, how it's affected me as an autistic student, some basics (being nonverbal, stimming), and some different resources they could use instead! I don't know if it'll change their minds, but I'm proud that I did it!

you should be super proud! what you did was great and took a lot of courage. thank you for speaking up!

anonymous asked:

I work at an agency that serves people with developmental disabilities and autism. They list Autism Speaks as a resource. My supervisor says that she always wants to know more about autism. How do I tell her about ASAN without being confrontational?

Tell her that Autism Speaks gets a lot of criticism from the autistic community for not accurately representing them.  Then let her know about ASAN and mention that it’s run by autistic people, and is probably the best place to learn more from the community itself.

Havin an emotional disability be like

-Never cries for the right reasons (like when someone dies IRL)

-Crying buckets when a fictional character dies

-Resting blank face (no emotion, eyes often glazed over)

-Having intense feelings and consequently trying to play any violent reactions off as a joke

-Having no feelings at all. You don’t even know what feelings are. Emotions? You don’t know them.

-“How are you?” “Uhhhh… Fine?” You actually don’t know if you’re fine or not. You don’t know what emotion you’re currently feeling. You were pretty sure you were okay until you were put on the spot. In the awkward silence that follows, you know you’ve fucked up so badly the embarrassment physically hurts.

-Pretending to care about something that isn’t your special interest so your friends don’t leave you.

-Your voice is also monotone unless you get excited.

-Being constantly overwhelmed by everything and having a short fuse and snappish tone with everyone and feeling guilty immediately. It’s not anybody’s fault, and you’re not mad at them, but now they think you are. You immediately shut down.

-Your sense of humor is warped by time on the internet and how few neurons fire in reaction to what normal people consider to be funny.

-You look like a deer in the headlights when you’re being yelled at. You don’t know why this person is mad at you and all your energy and concentration is going towards trying to figure out why, hence the blank look on your face.

-Staring into space for hours. You look like your soul has left your body in favor of the Astral Plane.

-Being a big fan of the feeling of nostalgia bc it’s the only feeling that hurts in a nice way.

-Enjoying angst bc it’s better to feel intense emotional pain than nothing at all.

-Am I depressed or is my disability acting up?

Since April is coming up I think I’m going to do some posts talking about how bad of an organization autism $peaks is.

First hardly any of the money they raise goes towards helping autistics. The majority goes back into funding even more fundraisers and research into a “cure”. Second they don’t listen to autistics. Unlike other organizations there are no autistics in autism $peaks and they refuse to listen to the voices of autistics.

Third autism $peaks really dehumanize autistics in the way that they talk about autism. They’ve been known to say stuff like “autism ruins marriages” and have constantly referred to autistic children as being “missing”. They talk about autism as if it’s a cancer, a disease that needs to be eradicated. If you want a clear picture of how autism $peaks views us autistics then you should watch their 2009 awareness ad titled “I am autism” though I warn you the video is disgusting in how it talks about autism. The video makes autism out to be a creepy stalker that will steal children away from their parents. The whole video is really sickening and I warn you to only watch it if you think you can handle it, maybe read a transcript of it instead if you’re really curious.

Finally they have funded some really terrible things such as the Judge Rotenberg Center which used electro shock “therapy” on autistics. They abuse autistics to stop them from doing things that are normal autistic traits such as stimming. This place needs to be shut down and I’m amazed that it hasn’t been yet. I’ll probably make another post talking more about this place later.

So in conclusion, this April do not “light it up blue” as that is an autism $peaks movement. Autism $peaks us a horribly ableist organization that is practically a hate group. If you support autism $peaks then you are not supporting autistics!

Autism Speaks uses “acceptance” a lot, but they don’t promote the autism acceptance that autistic people are seeking.

A quote from the A$ website explains it all.

“It’s helpful to distinguish between accepting that your child has been diagnosed with autism and accepting autism.”


That is not acceptance

Acceptance is accepting a person exactly as they are right this moment. You are not accepting a person if you do not accept all aspects of them. 

Autism Speaks is still promoting hate. Their brand of acceptance is “I accept my child’s diagnosis, but I’ll never accept autism because it ruined my life.” (See how it focuses on the neurotypical mom, yet skips away from asking for or acknowledging the autistic child’s input? That’s what Autism Speaks does.)

Don’t fall for the lies Autism Speaks tries to tell you. They aren’t promoting true acceptance. They’re promoting “tolerate this horrible child stealing condition because you can’t change it right now, and wear blue so everybody knows you support this viewpoint!”


The word “tolerance” has many definitions. One of them, when used in terms like “racial tolerance” or “religious tolerance” means: willing to accept feelings or beliefs that differ from our own.

But “tolerance” has a second definition, and this is what Autism Speaks promotes: A willingness to put up with something that is bad, painful, difficult or annoying.

Tolerance is not acceptance.

Tolerance is not acceptance.

Tolerance is not acceptance.

Tolerance is not acceptance.



[”Autism Speaks has mastered the skill of deceit. Autism Speaks uses inclusive language while applying exclusive tactics. It deceives and lies. It never apologizes.” –Amy Sequenzia]

#BoycottAutismSpeaks #REDInstead #AcceptanceNotAwareness #Neurodiversity