Autism-based “charities” and “support” products, ironically, do *not* actually improve the lives of actually-autistic people, nor do those “charities” and “support” product manufacturers actually care about doing so. Those entities don’t exist for the benefit of people on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum; they exist for a subset of their parents and caregivers, the parents and caregivers who are too lazy or too narrow-minded and personally limited to wrap their heads around the possibility of a valid-but-different way of being. The simple fact is, these entities are detrimental to the lives of people on the spectrum, which is a topic that I’ll be exploring on this blog is the near future. But in preparation for April, which is Autism “Awareness” Month, I’m gearing up for editorials, commentaries, and rebuttals of my own, and I could think of no better way to kick things off with a sneak preview of that than this wonderfully-written post. Cheers to Alex for excellent writing, solid information, and a brave voice! You go, Alex! Good stuff 🙂
You can hardly walk though town these days without tripping over some autism charity or another. In terms of awareness, the message seems to be getting out. On radio, TV and in the papers you hear about autism most days.
So why, you might be forgiven for asking, are these autistic advocates and activists not satisfied? Why are they still complaining?
It’s very simple. Awareness means nothing. What autistic people need is acceptance. Equal rights, equal opportunities. An end to exploitation and second-class status.
What does nearly every autism charity have in common? It was set up and is run by parents of autistic children. However well-meaning they might be they are not autistic. Their aims are not autistic people’s aims. These organisations are run for the parents’ benefit, not for the benefit of the autistic children and adults.
So you get Autism Speaks with their infamous blue puzzle piece:…
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