5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Support Autism Speaks
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

5 Reasons You Should NOT Support Autism Speaks This Autism Awareness Month

Think they're doing the right thing? Think again!

293
Autism Speaks

What's the first organization that comes to mind when it comes to autism awareness? If you thought about Autism Speaks, then you are correct. Unfortunately. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright when one of their grandsons was diagnosed with the disorder. The organization has since become a powerhouse when it comes to research and awareness of the disorder. But is Autism Speaks really the organization that you should put your trust in? Here are five reasons you shouldn't support the organization.

1. Misuse of funds

In 2016, 3.2 million dollars was spent on family service grants, awards, and research out of their 95 million dollar total. For an organization that says that they care about families of autistic children, they sure do have their priorities straight! What about the rest of their budget? It's spent on legal fees, media, software, and other things that don't really help the cause. If you say that you would want to help autistic people, then put the money where your mouth is!

2. People who are actually autistic says that it doesn't speak for them

There are myriad videos of autistic individuals ranting about how the organization misrepresents them and that they don't actually care about what they go through, and rightfully so. While the hashtag #AutismSpeaks10 was trending on Facebook and Twitter, angry autistic individuals flooded the hashtag saying that the organization doesn't speak for them. If the people you allegedly serve are putting you on blast, then you need to reevaluate your morals.

3. The search to end autism

The majority of the organization's funding goes toward "research." So that means improving therapies and equipment that helps individuals with autism, right? Wrong! The "research" is going toward a "cure" for the disorder. What's that cure? A prenatal test that's similar to detecting Down Syndrome, thus leading to mothers not having autistic children. Ah, the sweet smell of eugenics.

4. They don't have an autistic individual on their board

An organization that's based on serving autistic individuals will probably have an autistic individual on their board, right? Not really. John Elder Robinson, an author and autism advocate who has autism, was apart of the Autism Speaks board but resigned due to the organization's disrespect for people like him. While Autism Speaks has added autistic members to their board, they still have a lot of work to do!

5. Fearmongering tactics

Remember when I said that 3.2 million out of their 95 million budget goes toward family service grants, awards, and research? Well, 42 million dollar goes toward their media. What type of media, you ask? Media like "I Am Autism" where they compare the disorder to AIDS and cancer and "Autism Everyday" where a mother contemplated suicide with her autistic daughter. Yup, that's a good way to promote your cause!

I know what you're thinking. If Autism Speaks is so awful, how do I support autistic individuals? Organizations like Autistic Self-Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization that's actually run by people who are on the spectrum that seek to empower autistic people across the world. Do your part and actually help the people you care about!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
College Boy Charm is Real and it's Very Sexy
Disney

After surviving a year of college and watching "Clueless" countless times, I've come to the conclusion that college boy charm is very much a real thing and it's very very attractive. It's easiest explained through Paul Rudd's character, Josh, in "Clueless". The boy who has a grip on his life and is totally charming. In this article, I will list the qualities of a specimen with College Boy Charm, to help you identify him at your next party or other social events.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Tik Tok Stars: Worth the Hype? or Overrated?

As Tik-Tokers rise to fame, do their 'copy-cat' dances deserve the clout?

1380
Tik Tok Stars: Worth the Hype? or Overrated?
https://pixabay.com/photos/tiktok-social-media-app-tik-tok-5323007/

Oh, the wonders of social media. Trends come and go just as quick as a story on Instagram, everyone posting for their shot at fifteen minutes of fame, and the ever growing following of a new type of celebrity- social media influencers and content creators. Everyone who owns a smartphone probably has Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and now Tik-Tok, as it's growing to be a major social media platform for teenagers and young adults. Tik Tok became popular in the United States in late 2019 and since then has grown a considerable amount. Personally, I was one to make fun of Tik-Tok and say it was a dumb app like Musical.ly or Triller, and now months later, I spend more time on it than I do on Instagram.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Because self confidence is sexy

And as a woman, I want us all to love ourselves a little bit more today.

5384

Women have such high standards to live up to today. We’re expected to do and be so much. The great Tina Fey said “Every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes." This quote is not only hilarious, but also incredibly true! How many of you feel insecure every time you walk on campus, or every time you walk into a party? Even the girls you think are perfect are insecure. Everyone has flaws. Sure some flaws may be more exaggerated than others, but that doesn’t mean that the girl still feels bad about them. My point here is that it doesn’t matter how “perfect” you are, what matters most is how “perfect” you feel.

Keep Reading... Show less

With the dawn of social media comes an entirely new character: the Facebook politician. Usually, articles or posts about politics are fairly sporadic. That is until a major event happens. Suddenly, everyone knows everything about everything. Everyone seems to have a very strong opinion. Everyone is super knowledgeable, and what better vessel of information than they themselves? Which is pretty reasonable, given that people’s emotions run high when something major happens. And I don’t blame them, emotions are good!

Keep Reading... Show less
Sports

The Gift Of Basketball

The NBA playoffs remind me of my basketball journey through time

7472
Syracuse Basketball

I remember that when I was very little, my dad played in an adult basketball league, and I remember cheering him on with everything in me. I also remember going to Tuscola basketball games when the old floor was still there and the bleachers were still wooden. I remember always wanting to play basketball like my dad, and that's just what I did.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments