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Autism

Autism Speaks is the only major medical or mental health nonprofit whose legitimacy is constantly challenged by a large percentage of the people affected by the condition they target.
John Elder Robison

I plan to eventually write my own posts about autism, and collect them here.  But I’m still getting the site updated after a long hiatus; meanwhile April is here, the dreadded ‘Autism ($peaks) awareness month’, so before I get started, the most important thing, is to caution people about the disinformation and fear mongering they’ll be subjected to during this month, urging them to make charitable donations so that they can ‘feel good’ about doing ‘something’.

Despite the misleading name, Autism Speaks, the largest and most vocal autism organisation, has long avoided having any one on its board or in leadership positions that is on the autistic spectrum. They’ve caused much grief in the autistic community by bullying autistics into silence, and presenting autism in a way that dehumanises us. I will discuss these issues in depth in upcoming posts.Before donating to a group like Autism Speaks, consider the facts about the damage they do and how they mismanage their funds.  There are many others groups that need support, such as the Autism Society of America in the US and the National Autistic Society in the UK, both of which, despite having flaws (as all groups do), have been making an effort to have people on the spectrum on their boards/committees, to support autistics in all life stages, and to be sensitive to the feelings of actual autistic people.  Even better than these groups, you could donate to groups run BY AUTISTICS for Autistics, such as the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Autism Network International, and the Autism Women’s Network.

Alternatives to Autism Speaks for Donations:

Links for more information about Autism Speaks:

By Autistics and others on the spectrum:

By Parents and other Friends / Family:

Additional Links about Autism in General

  • Autism from the inside.  by Katherine May.
    Too many depictions of autistic people rely on tired clichés. The neurotypical world needs to take note of our own voices.”

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