Why I am Against Autism Speaks (and you should be, too)

I am against Autism Speaks for so many reasons. As an Autistic adult, i am tired of being stigmatized by groups like them, and told i am wrong, damaged, etc.

The Caffeinated Autistic

Edit 6/20/14 I have updated this and created a new and hopefully better sourced and easier to read document.  Please go here:

http://thecaffeinatedautistic.wordpress.com/new-autism-speaks-masterpost-updated-62014/

(TW: Ableism) Autism Speaks is the most well-known autism charity.  They have the most media coverage and are endorsed by many celebrities, but this certainly does not make them a good organization.

  • 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…

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