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The Problem with Autism Speaks PSA

October 24, 2012

Well said! We autistics already have enough crap to deal with on a daily basis, in terms of navigating through a world not built with us in mind at all, having to educate people one by one, etc. etc etc. I could probably say more but it’s pretty late and I need to start winding down. Thanks for sharing, I found your blog through the tag “autism”

Andrea

Stories from the Sand Box...

If anyone wants to know what has been bothering me immensely lately, it is this PSA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=73o3TOh99Es#at=10) that Autism Speaks (United States) has put out to prepare for the upcoming election.

“Autism Families” in the United States do not get much assistance with funding and therapies. I will 100% agree to that but I do not think that Autism Speaks, especially as an advocacy organization, has the right to make people with Autism seem helpless and unable to accomplish things.

I originally experienced this discomfort with them in April when then prevalence of Autism went from 1 in 110 to 1 in 88 (I could go on for hours about that) and Autism Speaks (US) sent out an email essentially warning the public about Autism. “At 1 in 88, let me be clear, the United States is experiencing an autism epidemic.” The definition of an epidemic: “A widespread…

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