I’ve been receiving quite a bit of people who have noticed, and are confused by, my very obvious disdain for the organization Autism Speaks.
I highly recommend to everyone (to always!) research any organization you affiliate yourself with. Autism Speaks has a bad track record with the autistic community, and this continues. Some argue that “Autism Speaks” is raising awareness, and that is true; but what kind of awareness do we want to raise? Do we want people to be aware that autism works faster, and is worse than “pediatric cancer, AIDS, and diabetes combined,” (an actual Autism Speaks claim), and that having an autistic child with destroy your marriage and inevitably bankrupt you? Do we want to raise negative awareness, or do we want to raise acceptance of neurodiversity?
I’ll take the later. If you haven’t read this, you really should. It is a great outline of why Autism Speaks does not speak for my son.