Disability Rights Community vs. Autism Speaks

October 10, 2009

[sent to family and friends]

The letter below is the latest step in a national and international protest against the U.S. organization known as Autism Speaks. Countless attempts have been made to impress upon the organization that its public rhetoric, policies and practices are profoundly harmful to ALL Autistic citizens, and that its leadership MUST accept guidance from Autistic stakeholders and the broader disability rights communities if they wish to retain their status as a prominent charitable organization.
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“Autism Awareness”

April 1, 2008

Or, “Wait — you’re saying that YOUR prejudice is a ‘symptom’ of MY autism?”

So, the dreaded “Autism Awareness Month” has arrived, and thus, the seasonal deluge of parental angst and professional avarice shall soon be upon us.

For my own part, I will indeed be attempting to participate in the “Blogging for Autism Awareness” project. Here, have a button: [deleted by host]

As words are often in short supply for me (well, coherent ones, at least), I expect I’ll mostly just be linking back to various classics in autistic self-advocacy and disability rights genres. But for this stab, I’m going to indulge in a bit of self-quotation, plus links…

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NYU’s “Ransom Notes” campaign: How Will It Work?

December 18, 2007

[UPDATE: NYU’s controversial “Ransom Notes” campaign has now been officially halted. Huge thanks and congratulations are in order for Ari Ne’eman of ASAN, and everyone in the disability, self-advocacy, and ‘neurodiversity’ communities who pulled together to convince NYU to rethink their approach. Still, there are crucial aspects of our message that have simply not been heard. This must change …]

To family, friends, neighbors, activists, weblog readers, and other fellow travelers on Planet Weird,

The advertising agency BBDO, which represents numerous US and multinational corporations including Pfizer and Glaxo-SmithKline, has produced pro bono a public service campaign, as conceived by New York University’s Child Study Center whose stated objectives include eliminating stigma and promoting awareness of what they call an epidemic of children with psychiatric illnesses.

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