Why I #BoycottAutismSpeaks by Jane Strauss

Originally published as a Facebook Note here.

 

Two words:  Hate Speech.

Whenever an organization engages in eugenics-oriented research funding and rhetoric, they spew hate.

Whenever an organization makes excuses for people who murder or attempt to murder a person based on their disability, they spew hate.

Whenever an organization supports “treatment methods and organizations” that torture people, resulting in bodily harm, PTSD, or both, they spew hate.

Whenever an organization focuses the majority of their efforts on eliminating people or attributing blame for a disability rather than improving quality of life, they spew hate.

Whenever an organization purports to speak for disabled people without including us in a meaningful way, while using war rhetoric that strikes at the core of our very way of being, they spew hate.

Whenever an organization espouses “awareness” that engenders hatred instead of understanding and compassion, they spew hate.

Autism Speaks and its founders do all of these.  There is already too much hatred in the world.  There is no need to add more.

 

Image is framed in green and in the lower left corner is green/blue diagonal box with blue "unequal" sign and green text that reads Boycott Autism Speaks
Image is framed in green and in the lower left corner is green/blue diagonal box with blue “unequal” sign and green text that reads Boycott Autism Speaks
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