…But apparently, they do not listen!
If you haven’t seen this, you should:
This whole thing is laughable at best.
I was interviewed by a local, community newspaper under the umbrella of black press media. The reporter was incredibly interested in my art, autism and my story.
I specifically told her about my disapproval of Autism Speaks and how their aim is to eradicate autistic individuals like myself. I told her how important this detail was in regards to my own journey.
Every so often, I find myself looking up the title of the article to see where it’s been posted.
To my surprise, a disgustingly sick feeling came over me, It has been posted on the Autism Speaks facebook page for all to see.
The VERY article that had this statement in it:
The goal, Wosk explained, is to help people become more educated about autism — that’s why she spends much of her online time being an activist for autistic people and protesting against organizations like Autism Speaks, which Wosk said spend more time looking to eliminate autism rather than support autistic people.
It had been up for 2 hours with over 40 likes and 2 shares.
I don’t think any of those Autism Speaks supporters (or even Autism Speaks themselves) even bothered to read my article, because if they did, they wouldn’t have posted anything with an unfavorable mention.
This begs the even larger question of the importance of autistic opinions. I believe that when it all comes down to it, it’s that money rules and we don’t matter.
This was certainly not my first online encounter with this greedy “charity”. Nope. Autism Speaks Canada actually e-mailed me once trying to tell me all the things they do. TELLING me is important to note because they failed to read or even address anything I had said.
Autism Speaks wants to replace and eliminate us. Our voices are not worthy or important to them.
Why do you object to Autism Speaks posting your article on its Facebook page? There’s no implied endorsement by you of Autism Speaks, and maybe somebody will actually read it.
Margaux, have you thought about submitting an article to the Art of Autism? I recommend you do so.