Promoting Acceptance and Accommodating Everyone: Why I #BoycottAutismSpeaks

By Kris Young

Originally published HERE on Rainbow Autistic

I #BoycottAutismSpeaks because they’re not accepting of Autism, and they won’t accommodate Autistic individuals’ needs, or even listen to us and what we have to say.

Autism $peaks portrays Autistics as burdens and crises.  They even say that we’re broken and missing and use the puzzle piece as a way of saying that we need to be “fixed”.  I’m not a burden or a crisis, and I’m not broken or missing.  I don’t need to be fixed.  I’m already whole.

Only 4% of Autism $peaks’ funds goes to services that help Autistic people and their families.  Much of their funds go to research, but only very little of that research money—less than 1% to be exact—goes towards helping Autistic adults.

I was appalled when People magazine had a recent article about heroes, and Bob and Suzanne Wright, the founders of Autism $peaks were featured and the headline was titled “Crusading Against Autism”.  It was a like a punch to the gut.  It’s like People is saying, “Crusading Against Kris”.  We shouldn’t crusade against Autism.  We should crusade against intolerance and hate!

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