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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.

So HEY, MOTHERFUCKERS, 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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ThatFreakyZephyr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been diagnosed with PDDNOS (pervasive developmental disorder, none otherwise specified). Which means I have abnormal interest patterns, sensitivity to loud sounds, and severe anxiety. I am cautious with telling people due to the several misconceptions out there. Often, people who are unfamiliar with what I have will automatically lower their social behavior expectation and will treat me differently, like I am challenged in that. The truth is is that I am learning to adapt to the world around me. I have to learn this, and I just want to be treated like everyone  else when it comes to socialization. It really irritates me when people treat me differently because of that. 
What I want is not to cure autism spectrum disorders (ASD) but to educate people about them and advocate equality. I am a dignified human being, and I wish to be treated with respect like everyone else.  
I struggled to learn how to work with people through my life. I fear loud noises, I plug my ears to flush a toilet. I learn to interact and have healthy relationships with other people. Even if I am only a little on the spectrum (high functioning autism or HFA), I still learn to cope with it. Its like any other disorder, such as someone with muscular dystrophy to learn to walk and move Or someone deaf learning to communicate with gestures and motions.
A reading buddy (someone you read with who is younger) who I had on sixth grade had M.D. She appeared on TV, and she was amazing. She was the only one in my elementary school who had this. She was the one of the few children with this in the Minneapolis St. Paul metropolitan area. At the end of the year, she gave me a gift card to a local bookstore, and at christmas, her mother gave me a book of Gamecube cheats. All the other first graders with their 5th/6th grade buddies would read, play in the snow and do the regular stuff, go through the motions. Chloe was different. I would pull her around in a sled, pull her in a chair on the school ice rink, it was amazing to be with someone unique. We learned to move in a world that is difficult for those who are different. We struggled. We shared so much, we were warriors.
When I worked at walmart at the night shift, some of my Co workers were deaf. I didn't know sign language, so I used a notebook or my phone to write what I wanted to say. When I went back to get a few groceries at night, she made various gestures, but I knew what she was saying. "Where have you been? I haven't seen you." She didn't speak at all, just gestures. But I had no idea why I understood her. I guess its the long process of learning the other branches of english. Not with grammar or tenses, but with different ways of understanding. Such as learning wordless english. Or social english. Maybe thats how I understood her. 
I had a friend who was blind. I could talk to her so openly and not have to worry about unknowably making offensive body language or appearing as a threat. I walked with her up the stairs of the auditorium after drama club. I was crushed by the wall sometimes because I didn't know much about handling blindness. But I wanted to help her the best I could.  I made her smile so much with my randomness and humor. That made my day so much brighter. She had a hard time hearing, but she understood me. 
Many of my friends had asperger syndrome, including one of my best friends from jr. high.
Two of my closest friends have schizophrenia. I cannot tell you how many great times we had. 
Forgive me for the long comment, but I just wanted to share this. 

Overall, We aren't stupid, we just work differently. But we are people with feelings. If we need help, we'll ask. But we are learning to live on a world thats a challenge to live in for those who differ. 
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TimonPumbaaFan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
why would you..you are trying to kill me
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Starflash10 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Excuse me while I go barf out of rage.
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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!
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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.
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Verve91 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  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. 
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teh-j0ey Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I'm Autistic. And Autism Speaks can burn in Hell.
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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.
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Jenny345 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I have Asperger Syndrome and OCD.
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Xanness Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I'm just tired of hearing about mine.
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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.
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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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Samhadj Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
don't worry some person is going to spread your links on facebook i gave them those links to help in an argument but i will tell them that you posted these
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LookAtMyLittlePoneh Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I can function fine and even broke out of my autism to have a serious effect on it, to the point that people who know me are shocked when I say I have autism :D

Yes it isn't the easiest way, but self-help and self-coaching is a good method. I used to be a severe autistic child, and now Mum says I act like a very high functioning one! :D
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HDLMatchette Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
and it doesn't matter what kind of autism it is, none of it is bad.
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LookAtMyLittlePoneh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ok...I didn't say that. Sorry if I offened you
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HDLMatchette Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
um, you can't turn into a higher functioning person. you either are still "low functioning" or were misdiagnosed as being that way and that you were "higher functioning" all along.
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LookAtMyLittlePoneh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe.
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HCShannon Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Autism $peaks is to Autism and people with it, what PETA is to animals!
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xXLonelyTurtleXx Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"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." This may be completely irrelevant, but the way you worded that made me laugh c:

-- An Autistic person who hates Autism Speaks too, but finds things like the above sentence funny.
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CosmicQueenie Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The Help Group is also pretty bad. 

I was in a program there called Bridge, and they threw anyone who had a low test score in with the lower functioning kids. They treated the kids like slaves, almost. Kept us segregated from the rest of the school so we couldn't interact with the other kids. It was a nightmare. :(
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Kamentantei Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I can't stand those effing Nazis either. They claim to be all about protecting us, but in reality they just want to use us as tools. Screw them. I'd rather do things myself.
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DreamLandWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not autistic and 100% agree
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legoland5254 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
after reading the description this is what I would kindly say to the people at autism speaks:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QMRA3… (actually it would be worse)
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Samhadj Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
your right
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MagentaMoonstone Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have nothing more fitting to declare other than; I feel physically sick after watching that commercial... :puke:
"if you're happily married, I will make sure your marriage fails."
"I will bankrupt you for my own self-gain."
"I will make it virtually impossible for your family to easily attend a temple, birthday party or public park without a struggle, without embarassment, without pain."
"your neighbours are happier to pretend I don't exist."
"I derive great pleasure out of your loneliness."
Just... just how? My blood is curdled with offense. How dare this "charitable" organisation speak of us on the autistic spectrum like we are a fucking apocalype or biblical plague waiting to happen! I don't want a cure, I want acceptance and education, not false harmony and parental shame...

I understand that may have been uncalled for, but I feel passionately for autistic ableism, and what is passion without an outlet?
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DragonflyLite Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You know, as someone who was diagnosed with Autism in second grade, I just wish that people would treat me like everyone else. Accept me for who I am, but don't coddle me or look down on me. I'm a human being too.
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Gae-ta Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
The way i see it, this is just the first staggering steps to a second holocaust. First the blame and shame, then the dehumanization, then the gas chambers. Then... what? Utopia? Paradise free of defect non-humans? No, the truth is that it will only be human killing human while claiming to be "humane". 

And what's even worse is that i have begun to accept this train of thought. I am a defect and i deserve to be euthanized. Quite a horrible thing to say, no? As if i didn't bleed red while cut, as if i didn't have a beating heart trapped in my rib cage, as if i didn't have people who would weep over me. Like i'm not a.... a human being with the same right to exist as anybody else. 
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I'm sorry for using such big words and being so melodramatic, reading all this stuffiness of yours just makes me a very, very, angry and sad panda. I think i will just shut my mouth now and go self-medicate myself by watching kittens on youtube.    
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Starflash10 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You aren't a defect. And you know what? Just tell me if anyone calls you one on deviant. They'll have to answer to ME.
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Mare-Of-The-Sea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
I'm an autistic who agrees with this; I'm tired of Autism Speaks' influence on the school system. Not to get into too much detail, but it fucked me over big time!
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WoodLily Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I am so sad that there are some many people who give the GOP a bad name and I happen to be a Republican. But aside from that it made me sick that they denied people organ transplants to people just because they are Autistic. I had no idea that this kinda thing was going on thank you for letting me know. The part where people might abort people for being Autistic reminds me of s story i heard on the radio a few years ago about how people would abort their baby if it had Down's Syndrome. Yes people can choose but not like this. Just because you have a disability doesn't mean that your life is worthless. Who are they to say your life is worthless over a disability? 
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Dametora Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Well, it's their right to choose, and I respect it. Taking care of a disabled child is a lot of time and money, and some parents simply aren't capable of providing the best care they can for a disabled child. We can be great people when we are born and grow up! But that doesn't mean our parents are obligated to give birth to us. And in any case, if someone would abort over a disability then I wouldn't want that child given to them because either they can't take care of them properly or they will abuse them.
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WoodLily Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Yeah that's true. I know that I grew up to be an okay person who happens to have Autism. I hope that one day they'll allow someone with Autism to take an organ transplant without trying to talk them out of it. That one really hit a nerve with me. 
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Dametora Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Yeah that's utter bullshit.
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KorukiKonaru Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
My dad thinks it's more important for me to talk with my psychologist about my AS rather than my depression and anxiety. I'd rather cure the cancer before the eye twitch.
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ZerotheHunteh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
We can't forget the people who put autism under "Mentla Retardation"
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fox64664 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
se i don't really care if i have it to much if i am doing good in my life it dose not really madder
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DaBair Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear God, I hate Autism Speaks! They treat us autistic people like we're retards who can't defend themselves. They are as bad as the people back in the 1950s who believed that autism was caused by bad mothering.
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Sweetlithiium Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
both of my brothers are on the spectrum.  I know that they have problems, but both of them use autism as an excuse for when they loose their tempers and attack me. I have scratches on my neck from my youngest brother, whose thirteen. My other one just likes hitting me and likes me the wrong way.  I wish I could slap sense into both of them that autism is not who they are. 
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HDLMatchette Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
but it IS a part of who they are, like an identity. perhaps you need to educate them about that and not to use it as an excuse?
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Invaderkez19188 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I told my mom that I wasn't the smartest kid in school. She said" Not everyone in the world is not that smart.
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Hawaiifan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy fuck!  I'm so glad that I've stumbled upon this.
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HDLMatchette Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
have you ever heard of The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Autism Women's Network, Autism Society of America, Autism Now Center, AutismHWY.com, GRASP (Global Regional Asperger's Syndrome Partnership), Autism Parenting Magazine, Council for Autism and Neurodiversity, Naturally Autistic ANCA, Autreat and The Golden Hat Foundation? all of those organizations are different from Speaks because they all oppose a cure
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Invaderkez19188 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I HATE PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYMDROME
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Killuanatsume Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Excuse me but why?
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Kamentantei Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Did you not read it, Killua? They see people like me as being second-class citizens, no subhumans who don't even deserve the right of being seen as human!
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Killuanatsume Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
No, I was replying to a comment. That say "I hate people with down syndrom" this is why I was asking "Excuse me but why" because the little sister of my best friend HAVE it and I really apreciate her sister.
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Almost-Impossible Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um, why?
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Enemom Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:stare: that's digusting in every way. 
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HDLMatchette Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
have you ever heard of The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Autism Women's Network, Autism Society of America, Autism Now Center, AutismHWY.com, GRASP (Global Regional Asperger's Syndrome Partnership), Autism Parenting Magazine, Council for Autism and Neurodiversity, Naturally Autistic ANCA, Autreat and The Golden Hat Foundation? all of those organizations are different from Speaks because they all oppose a cure
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