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Autistic Against Autism Speaks by Dametora Autistic Against Autism Speaks by Dametora
I once posted how I wasn't proud of my mental disorders, and that people shouldn't be. I still stand by that, but I also stand by the other message; you can be proud of who you are and what you've grown to be. I'm not proud to have been abused but I can see why I could have pride in the me it resulted in.

Recently I've been diagnosed - off the books - with Asperger's Syndrome, which is a part of the autism spectrum disorders group.

Now I've been against Autism Speaks since the first autistic person came to me and stabbed me in the chest with their finger and said HEY, MOTHERFUCKER, LISTEN UP.


Autism Speaks and other awareness groups like it - in fact, most "awareness" groups in general - are horrible, despicable, downright awful organizations. They turn problems into profits by squashing the real voices of affected persons and turning them into a product, outright villainizing and dehumanizing them.

Now I know a cure for mental disorders is important, but it's also troublesome for many reasons which I've discussed here and numerous times before.

But Autism Speaks helps autistic people like King Candy helps Vanellope von Schweets.
By trying to delete them.

They ignore autistic people, paint them as inhuman unsympathetic monsters, and target them for erasure. They put the focus on the relatives and caretakers of autistic people rather than those who have autism themselves. They say we suffer, they say we don't deserve life saving procedures, they say we need to be cured, they say we ruin lives, that we're out to get people and don't care about anyone but ourselves. If you don't believe me, take a look at some of their advertising. They are by proxy responsible for the deaths and murders of numerous autistic children, especially when they include in their videos parents talking about how they wanted to kill their autistic children "because it's so hard to care for them".

Here's the facts about Autism Speaks, provided by an actual autism advocacy group. Many of its issues are not uncommon of awareness campaigns at all. Very little if any money at all actually goes towards breast cancer research when you buy your pink gear, and many people with breast cancer are against the Pink Initiatives or have been harmed by their dehumanizing tactics (putting focus on saving breasts instead of saving lives, for example). And so it goes that very little if any money at all actually goes towards helping autistic people and families, and in fact most of it does the opposite. If Autism Speaks had its way, they would encourage people to abort autistic fetuses.

If you don't believe me that harm comes to autistic people, then realize this: IQ and neurological development are criteria used for determining whether someone will or should receive an organ transplant. In fact, nearly half of medical programs agree that giving lifesaving treatment to people with neurological disorders or low IQs is more harmful than good. We are deemed unworthy of being saved. We are deemed too stupid and useless to live. I shit you not. [link] [link] [link] [link]
Autistic people and others with neurological developmental disorders are routinely discriminated against and harmed on a significant basis, especially by medical professionals, teachers, and law enforcement. They are at higher risk for sexual and domestic abuse. [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
And don't forget to remember that we use being autistic as an insult, as an equivalent of retarded douchebag, unintelligent shitstain, stupid faggot. Being autistic is considered the same thing. This isn't like how retarded is used to describe dumb people, this is an actual disorder being used as an insult referring to bad people or things people consider morally bad. It's as offensive as saying someone is "so bipolar" for engaging in domestic violence.

Awareness campaigns are fucking awful and Autism Speaks is one of the worst. It's because of them that autism is considered an epidemic (even though most diagnosed people can function fine) and backed with all the "prevention" funding, instead of more common, more harmful disorders, especially depression and anxiety, which we even have leads on the causes on. But people are fighting AGAINST bullying and domestic abuse prevention, the lead causes of many mood disorders, while simultaneously fighting AGAINST autistic people who do not want to be cured, who do not need to be taken care of, and who are not hollow shellthings to be ignored. Autism Speaks, speaks for itself, and not autistic persons.

Further reading:
-- Autistics Speak for Themselves
-- Eugenics and Cure
-- Casual Ableism
-- Why I Am Against Autism Speaks And You Should Be Too
-- Autism Speaks Facebook Comments
-- Yes, That Too's Autism Awareness Tag
-- Why Autism Speaks Hurts Us
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Starflash10 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Excuse me while I go barf out of rage.
sidetrack1 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
o_o...all my cynicism about how ppl who diagnosed when there adults with autism are heavily underscored still is an issue to me but the description and what it brings to my attention..>_< dang,man!
TiffanyToast93 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am unsure of what words to use in regards to this,

I am sure of one thing, however, and that is how messed up many of those so-called "friends" are, for being so despicable.
Verve91 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the same can be said for just about any organization that claims to have certain groups interest at heart, they're just there for money, and for show, they're all talk and no action. I don't know much about autism speaks but I can certainly imagine how they must treat actual people with autism based on my experiences dealing with these types of organizations. I worked for an organization that 'deals' with autism near where I live, I was doing cleaning there, and it was very clear to me that they saw me as a sub human underling rather than an employee like everyone else, I had other employees constantly reporting little things I was doing and making condescending remarks, and I wasn't even allowed to facebook friend anyone there even though they were all friends with eachother on facebook. Working for this organization made me feel alienated and belittled, and that's how I imagine most of these organizations make autistic people feel. 
teh-j0ey Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I'm Autistic. And Autism Speaks can burn in Hell.
Jenny345 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I have Asperger Syndrome and OCD. This is just wrong. They have no right to be mean to people with mental disorders.
Jenny345 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I have Asperger Syndrome and OCD.
Xanness Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I'm just tired of hearing about mine.
Amnesylicious Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I agree!! I have autism (AS), and Autism Speaks are literally encouraging parents to the point of killing their kids, and now PETA are blaming products such as milk for causing autism. This really needs to stop.
Violetdaisy84 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PETA thinks milk is the reason autism exist?
:icondoublefacepalmplz:  And I thought that organization couldn't get any stupider.  
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