rayvenloaf:

scattered-minutiae:

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”. 

!!!!!!!!!

swift-fate:

imagine if there was an LGBT awareness day

and it was sponsored by an organization that treats non-hetero sexualities and non-cis gender identities as a disease, and that has paid for the legal defenses of parents who murder their gay children, and that promotes researching a cure that will fix us all and make us cis and straight

and most of the posts in the LGBT tag are “I am a mother/father/brother/sister of an LGBT person, and I want you to know that they’re human despite their disease.”

(posts by actual gay, bisexual, and trans* people are fewer, because there are fewer of us.)

and half of them are also about ‘the struggles of growing up with an LGBT family member’ and how ‘dealing with an LGBT child can put a strain on your marriage’

and some of them are links to ‘encouraging’ news about how scientists are close to finding the genes for gayness so you can abort your child in the womb if they test positive for gayness

when LGBT people speak up about this they are told they should be glad that people are raising awareness for them and that they aren’t, in any event, the ‘type of gay people’ the others are talking about

and now you know how I feel about Autism Awareness Day

My jaw just hit the floor. This is the best explanation of this I’ve seen.

(via ananiujitha)

boycottautismspeaks:

Image description: black text with the word ‘hatred’ in blue. There is a red cross out mark through “awareness”. There is a blue lightbulb with a slash through it and a puzzle piece with a slash through itText reads: “Autistic lives are valuable.Therefore, I will not promote theAutism Speaks cruel brand of ‘awareness’ hatred in April.”


I’ve really enjoyed seeing things like this, lately. Keep them coming and I’ll keep sharing them :)

boycottautismspeaks:

Image description: black text with the word ‘hatred’ in blue. There is a red cross out mark through “awareness”. There is a blue lightbulb with a slash through it and a puzzle piece with a slash through it
Text reads: “Autistic lives are valuable.

Therefore, I will not promote theAutism Speaks cruel brand of ‘awareness’ hatred in April.”

I’ve really enjoyed seeing things like this, lately. Keep them coming and I’ll keep sharing them :)

(via ananiujitha)

silversarcasm:

It’s April!

Whilst I’m sure you all mean well, please remember not to support or donate to Autism Speaks this month (or any month for that matter) as they are a terrible organisation who hurt the autistic community

Instead I recommend actually taking time to look at writing from autistic people and learn from them and, if you really want to help and donate, consider ASAN instead

Thank you xx

I couldn’t say it better

(via rayvenloaf)

Related to that last RT: that’s why rhetoric like “beat autism”, “defeat autism”, “fight autism”, etc., bothers me so much. Because yeah, if I’d been diagnosed correctly as a kid, and I’d heard that sort of rhetoric? Given my literal-mindedness, especially? Maybe it’s just me being a pragmatic autistic, but I really don’t see how putting in blue lights does a thing to increase autism awareness. — @codeman38
The logic here is simple…I would think as follows: If autism=bad and me=autistic then me=bad must be true. — @lynnesoraya
Autism does not speak. It is not a human being. People with autism however ARE human beings. How about we listen to THEM? Better yet, how about we learn to listen to them on THEIR terms so that they don’t have to adapt to an oppressive neurotypical society. — @wordroot
#Autism Speaks says “It’s time to listen.” What one of their speakers said to me when I spoke up: “Your view is not relevant.” #nojoke — @lifepostepic
codeman38:

goldenheartedrose:

[image decription] Facebook poll.  Title reads “What’s your connection to autism?”  choices read  Family member has autism, Friend has autism, No direct connection.  Asked by Autism Speaks 3 hours ago.  Text in the comment box reads “Where the hell is the ‘I’m on the Autism Spectrum’ option?” [end description]
sejii:

AS IF WE NEEDED MORE REASON TO HATE THIS GROUP.
I swear every time someone in this organization says “OH WE’RE HERE TO HELP THOSE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM” and then treat us like cattle to be herded while taking tons of money from donations for their own personal gain I just WANT TO STRANGLE THEM.

For anyone wanting to see proof that Autism Speaks doesn’t even think about autistics themselves, here it is.  This is the current poll on Autism Speaks’ facebook page.

Seriously, it’s like every time they do something that might convince us that they’re listening to criticism (e.g., taking down the “Autism Every Day” video), they then do something like this that even more convincingly demonstrates that they’re not listening.
(And as my girlfriend rightly points out: unless one considers one’s significant other to be ‘family’ or ‘friend’, there’s no option for that either.)

codeman38:

goldenheartedrose:

[image decription] Facebook poll.  Title reads “What’s your connection to autism?”  choices read  Family member has autism, Friend has autism, No direct connection.  Asked by Autism Speaks 3 hours ago.  Text in the comment box reads “Where the hell is the ‘I’m on the Autism Spectrum’ option?” [end description]

sejii:

AS IF WE NEEDED MORE REASON TO HATE THIS GROUP.

I swear every time someone in this organization says “OH WE’RE HERE TO HELP THOSE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM” and then treat us like cattle to be herded while taking tons of money from donations for their own personal gain I just WANT TO STRANGLE THEM.

For anyone wanting to see proof that Autism Speaks doesn’t even think about autistics themselves, here it is.  This is the current poll on Autism Speaks’ facebook page.

Seriously, it’s like every time they do something that might convince us that they’re listening to criticism (e.g., taking down the “Autism Every Day” video), they then do something like this that even more convincingly demonstrates that they’re not listening.

(And as my girlfriend rightly points out: unless one considers one’s significant other to be ‘family’ or ‘friend’, there’s no option for that either.)

I suffer from Autism Speaks. — Me (kitbeard), after Theo had explained the problems with Autism Speaks to a friend and she asked if he “suffered” from autism. She seems to understand now. (via kitbeard)

(via fyeahautismspectrum)