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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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:iconlegoland5254:
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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:iconmagentamoonstone:
MagentaMoonstone 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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:icondragonflylite:
DragonflyLite 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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:icongae-ta:
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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:iconmare-of-the-sea:
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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:iconbeachprimrose:
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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:icondametora:
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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:iconbeachprimrose:
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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:icondametora:
Yeah that's utter bullshit.
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