There. Fixed it.
Image descriptions: Image #1: Black text on white background reading “CURE AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a green label reading “ABLEISM”. Image #2: Black text on white background reading “PREVENT AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a brown label reading “HATRED”. Image #3: Black text on white background reading “COMBAT AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a yellow label reading “STIGMA”. Image #4: Black text on white background reading “FIGHT AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a red label reading “IGNORANCE”.
friendly reminder not to support lindt this easter season, or apparently ever again, because they support autism speaks.
can someone please explain why autism speaks is so bad?
because they’re adamant that autism is a disease that can be “cured”. They don’t have a single autistic person on their board. Autism Speaks produces advertisements, small films, ect. about what a burden autistic people are to a society. They only spend about 4% of their money on “family services.” They create a stereotype that makes it hard for actual autistic people, like myself, be heard and recognized as actually autistic. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder before they realized that I actually showed signs of Asperger’s. They don’t actually help us.
That’s the problem with Autism Speaks.
(tw for violence, ableism, abuse, murder, and death)
It goes deeper than not having any autistic board members. Many of the allistics running the organization promote the horrific notion that you’re better off dead than autistic, and their influence and “activism” only supports the ideology resulting in the continued murder of autistic children and adults by their parents and caregivers.
Former Autism Speaks board member Harry Slatkin, whose wife, Laura, continues to serve on the Board of Directors, stated in an interview with Town and Country while still a board member that sometimes he hoped their autistic son David would drown in the backyard pond rather than “suffer like this all his life.” Evidencing a pattern of similarly violent rhetoric, Autism Speaks is also responsible for the 2006 PSA “Autism Every Day" in which their then Vice President states on camera that she considered putting her autistic daughter in the car and driving off a bridge, and that the only reason she refrained from doing so was because her other, non-autistic daughter would have been waiting for her at home—her autistic daughter was in the room as she made these statements. Furthermore, the producer of this PSA explicitly admitted that the film was intentionally staged to portray negative images of autistic people and their families.
Only four days following the release of “Autism Every Day,” pathologist Karen McCarron smothered her autistic daughter with a garbage bag. McCarron stated that she murdered Katie because her “autism had not been improving,” had thought about killing Katie, that made an earlier brief attempt at suffocation, wanted to cure Katie, thought killing Katie would make her “complete” in heaven, and wanted to live without autism and thus had to kill Katie. Investigators found that McCarron was obsessed with different treatments for Katie. (See People v. FRANK-McCARRON, 934 NE 2d 76 - Ill: Appellate Court, 3rd Dist. 2010.) Though it is not presently possible to draw a direct connection between Autism Speaks’ PSA and Katie’s murder, this crime and dozens like it only underscore how the kind of rhetoric that Autism Speaks favors only serves to recklessly endanger the lives of autistic people.
Autism Speaks also publicly supports the Judge Rotenberg Center, a group home for autistic and neurodivergent students that uses “treatments” like food and sleep deprivation and electric shock to try and train the residents into acting neurotypical. The center has changed states three times in an attempt to bypass regulation against abusive treatment, and their practices have resulted in the deaths of more than one student.
It’s not just an issue of Autism Speaks making it harder for us to get proper diagnoses and treatment. Autism Speaks is actively killing us.
Measles has surged back in Europe, while whooping cough is has become a problem here in the U.S.
Childhood immunization rates plummeted in parts of Europe and the U.K. after a 1998 study falsely claimed that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was linked to autism.
That study has since been found to be fraudulent. But fears about vaccine safety have stuck around in Europe and here in the U.S.
NPR maps the resurgence of preventable diseases due to public ignorance and lamentable misinformation about vaccines.
Pair with Bill Gates on vaccines, animated.
Image description: Dark background with candles and flickering lights. Light yellow text that reads “Mourn for the dead and fight like Hell for the living”- Mother Jones. Disability Day of Mourning March 1, 2014 Honoring and Remembering Disabled Lives. “
Via Autism Women’s Network
day of mourning vigil is tomorrow
Todd Kincannon later conceded that, if concentration camps aren’t going to work, “mental institutions will do just fine”
Trust me, there’s more than just trans people he wants to see in camps, but this is what will give him the least backlash.
PASS THIS ON LIKE A JOINT AT A COLLEGE PARTY, FOLLOWERS. I WANT TO SEE THIS FUCKER FACE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR THIS DISGUSTING THING.
How can anyone think this is okay?
I saw this on the daily show, and when he was asked who deserved only $2/hour, I knew exactly what he would say next.
Schiff argued that eliminating the minimum wage law would allow more people entry to the workforce, and Bee asked him to identify someone whose work might be worth just $2 an hour.
“You know someone that might be? Maybe someone who is – what’s the politically correct word, you know, for mentally retarded,” Schiff said. “I believe in the principles this country was founded on.”
“I’m not going to say that we’re all created equal,” he said. “You’re worth what you’re worth.”
I fully support all efforts to raise the minimum wage. But that must include disabled workers who make tiny fractions of the minimum wage. More on that here.
Why am I not surprised?
Fuck abled folks who say shit like this thinking that it doesn’t actually happen.
how can you not see ableism as a feminist issue
autistic girls, especially black autistic girls, are misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed because of the focus on white cis boys and how they present as autistic
disabled girls and women often have their consent violated, both in medical procedures and otherwise, our bodies and minds are often not considered are own and we are dismissed as not having the capacity to make our own decisions
on top of that many disabled girls are seen as delusional and their speaking out about the abuse they have face, by whatever communication method, is seen as making things up and over reacting
many disabled women are fetishised and seen as an outrageous ‘thing’ to fuck, but are not seen as human
disabled girls, especially physically disabled girls, do not live up to ideas of beauty in our society and often have extreme self esteem issues
disabled women and girls face more shit than you could ever know and I need you to understand
Ableism. Is. A. Feminist. Issue.
Yes to all of this. And to add to the part about our accounts of (sexual) abuse not being believed, there’s also the “Who would rape YOU?” factor.
Sexual abuse of developmentally disabled women is sky high. I mean it’s huge.
It seems like ableism is often an afterthought at best, and often not acknowledged at all.
i’ve also seen the other side of the spectrum where intellectually/developmentally disabled are seen as quite animalistic and too infantile in thought to actually consent to sex when they do. as well as the rape of developmentally/intellectually disabled girls being seen as, ”aww poor thing had no idea what was going on probably” [i am quoting this VERBATIM from SEVERAL people].
very few people care about ableism - and that number becomes even smaller when you aren’t taking into account disabled people.
Yep, seen a lot of that as well. Plus the sheer number of times I have seen people - disabled and abled basically ceding any and all ground when it comes to looking at ableism because “Well, dealing with disability is hard" and basically everyone is perfectly happy with denying personhood, agency, etc.
Not to mention feminists who won’t take on eugenic abortion, forced sterilization, etc. because they think that it will encroach upon abortion rights. Even though I rarely hear disabled people against eugenic abortion actually saying that we want to encroach upon abortion rights at all.
And worse, feminists who won’t take on the rights of cognitively disabled women, especially severely cognitively disabled women and women presumed to be severely cognitively disabled, because they believe that that is equivalent to giving fetuses legal personhood. I wish I were joking. Many feminists consider cognitively disabled women (intellectually disabled, autistic, brain injury, dementia, etc., and even just people with severe physical disabilities who are simply presumed to be cognitively disabled because of inability to communicate well) equivalent to fetuses, because their sole argument for abortion rights is level of fetal cognition (which is not good strategy, their biggest argument should be the right of people to control our own bodies and make decisions about pregnancy, it shouldn’t hinge on the fetus at all). And therefore refuse to support our rights because they believe that giving us rights would give fetuses rights.
Not to mention that they believe caregiving is a feminist issue because caregivers are mostly women, but they overlook the fact that half of all disabled people who need caregivers are also women. So they always take the caregiver’s side in disputes between the perspective of caregivers and the perspective of disabled women, and always take the mother’s side in disputes between mothers of disabled women, and disabled women.
This is why I used to read FWD even though I had a huge amount of problems with it: Because they were some of the very few feminists even trying to tackle the issues.
I have a pattern for choosing men for any roles that resemble caretaking, and the biggest exception to this is one of my own children who insisted on caring for me out of longtime love - and who I know *I* have advantages over, as vir mother and as we are similarly disabled. I think my pattern is instinctive, I think my lack of trust for my own gender (which is DIFFERENT from my lack of trust for the male gender) is instinctive and experience based from a disabled woman’s perspective. I can’t help who my mother was or what a great feminist she was seen as, but I can choose who I put in my life now and I’m grateful for that. A lot of disabled women cannot.
This whole post just makes me so damn ANGRY and I will change this I will change this I WILL FUCKING CHANGE THIS BEFORE I DIE I FUCKING SWEAR IT *falls over* WE DESERVE JUSTICE
Medical Student (via shitrichcollegekidssay)
[TW: ableism] Welp, this explains quite a lot about why I’ve had so much trouble getting an appropriate diagnosis for my neurological issues. You know, like eight years, thousands of dollars in doctor’s visits and diagnostics and medications that didn’t really help, countless doctors visited, countless days of my life lost to symptoms so crippling I was barely able to function … well, thanks for the tip, medical student. Just because you don’t care about our lives or our bodies doesn’t mean we don’t keep trying like hell to get you to.
in case you were having any qualms about the whole twitter bomb thing— remember this video clip from a movie produced by Autism $peaks. It’s about a mum who talks about considering a murder and suicide with her and her Autistic daughter IN FRONT OF HER OWN DAUGHTER and saying that the “only reason” she didn’t do it was because of her ‘normal’ NT daughter.
It’s called Autism Everyday.
And this was available on the Autism Speaks Youtube channel for a long time. I don’t think it was deleted (finally) until this past year sometime. I know because my masterpost used to link to the A$ Youtube, but now I have to use an alternate video source.
Disgusting. And this woman runs the Autism Science Foundation, so be aware of that, as well.
Three things to know:
1: You can hear her “nonverbal” daughter in the background ask mommy, what’s going on?
2: In case anyone ever tries to tell you they’ve changed: A$ released another video this year where a mother says she doesn’t ever want to leave her son in someone else’s care because sometimes I want to kill him, how will they not?
3: There have been over 40 murders of disabled people by their parents in the last five years. There were 3 last month.
The bodies of Thuy Phan and son Vincent Phan were discovered Thursday in Rock Springs Park.
Vincent was 24-years old. He was around my age.
In December, a 52-year old autistic man was murdered at the hands of his father. It’s called an “act of love” by the father’s friends.
In January, a 9-year old autistic boy the victim of a murder-suicide, suffocated to death (and possibly medicated beforehand).
The deaths keep piling up. And up.
And it’s become so commonplace, so acceptable.
It paralyzes me with fear as I sit here and weep, mourning the loss of yet more of us. Lives cut short by the people we’re told to love and trust the most. Yet filicide is all too common when it comes to the murder of autistic people.
Rest in peace, Vincent, Mickey, Damien. You will not be forgotten.
To Ne’eman, the administration’s decision makes no sense. “We think they [have the authority] and hope our analysis will convince them,” he wrote in an email to Working In These Times. “If the administration has the power to raise the wages of workers without disabilities employed by government contractors, they have the power to do the same for workers with disabilities. There is no statute requiring government contractors to pay less than minimum wage to workers with disabilities.”
Autism Speaks plagiarized the work of an Autistic activist, then lied about it, and is still distributing the plagiarism to this day. Below are links to two posts about the issue directly on Autism Speaks Facebook page. Please Like and Share them widely!
https://www.facebook.com/autismspeaks/posts/10152043013089597 <- Original post
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203064260470353&set=o.75219157496&type=1 <- Meme from #BoycottAutismSpeaks
Image description: pissed off looking beautiful kitty wearing a service animal vest.
image text: you stole my mom’s writing and lied about it for three years.
I will end you Autism Speaks. End you.
"Land of the free"
This really struck a nerve
And you hear nothing about what happened to the officers
and you know bc he’s black, the police assumed the worst of him in the first place