Autism Speaks’ awareness campaigns harm autistic people

Light It Up True

Trigger warning: this post contains images of eugenics posters from the early 20th century, juxtaposed with Autism Speaks’ 21st Century messaging.

I anticipate this may ruffle a few feathers. I’m ok with that but before you sharpen your pitch fork I recommend that you stop, breathe and re-read. Give it a try, it can’t hurt.

Autism Speaks

Image description: Picture is of four “awareness campaigns” accompanied by the text, “This is what ‘awareness’ campaigns look like”. Clockwise, from the top left:

  • Black and white poster from 1924 titled ‘Four types of mental deficiency’. Four black and white pictures of people are on the poster, labeled ‘Idiocy’, ‘Mongolian Imbecility’, ‘Imbecility’ and ‘Moron (high grade feeble minded)’. The caption at the bottom of the poster says:

The feeble-minded can be divided into three groups. (1) Idiots with a mental age less than three years; (2) Imbeciles with a mental age between three and seven years…

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