Over the last few months, I have seen attempts from autistic people, including prominent advocates who reach out and “bridge the gap” with people who may not otherwise have found out about or been involved in the autistic community, or who we would usually advocate or fight against. Last year, Haley Moss, an openly autistic […]Read More Who Should We “Bridge the Gap” With in Our Advocacy?
Content warning: This article discusses themes such as child abuse and exploitation, as well as damage from Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Autistic children are too regularly exploited, and are victims of abuse and neglect. To make this issue worse, this often goes unseen when the vlogs doing the exploitation are depicted as “family friendly” or […]Read More Exploiting Autistic Children Online is Not “Cute” or “Family Friendly.”
For their fifteenth anniversary on February 11th, Autism Speaks unveiled its new logo and campaign, declaring 2020 to be the “year of kindness.” But aside from slightly changing their logo, has Autism Speaks really changed much at all? Or are they capable of changing in the future? It is no secret that Autism Speaks has […]Read More Is Autism Speaks Capable of Change?
As 2020 approaches, it is almost the start of not only a new year, but a new decade. It has been over twenty years since the term, “neurodiversity” was coined in 1998. How has the neurodiversity movement progressed throughout the decades, and what should the next decade look like for autistic advocacy? In the 1990’s […]Read More A New Decade of Autism Appreciation
There are a lot of autism organizations out there, and it can sometimes be difficult to tell which ones are worth supporting, and which are worth boycotting. Some organizations appear to be autistic advocacy organizations, when they are in reality harmful to autistic people. What is the difference between autistic advocacy organizations and bad autism […]Read More Good Autistic Advocacy Organizations vs. Bad Autism “Charities”
I just started graduate school in the special education field. As an autistic advocate and soon to be educator, my dream is to become a teacher who promotes acceptance of neurodiversity inside and outside of the classroom. Of course, I know that special education has its issues, many special education teachers can be ableist, and […]Read More A Neurodivergent Vision for the Future of Special Education
Stim suppression, at first glance, may not look abusive. It comes in the form of “whole body listening,” or classroom posters that encourage students to listen with their whole bodies by making eye contact with the speaker, and using “quiet hands.” It looks respectful and it makes a teacher’s job easier when they know students […]Read More Why We Should Stop Stim Suppression
If you live near the United States or Canada, there is a good chance you have heard of Autism Speaks (especially near April, during their “Light it Up Blue” campaign). Maybe there’s an “Autism Walk” near your area hosted by Autism Speaks. Maybe your local grocery store is raising money for Autism Speaks as a […]Read More The Ableist History of Autism Speaks
I am autistic, and I am entering a full time special education master’s program in the fall. I remember sitting in my first special education class during my sophomore year of college. I was taking a class called, “Intro to Special Education and Inclusive Practices.” We as a class discussed the “proper” ways to address […]Read More Why the Autistic Community Prefers Identity First Language
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has recently cut ties with Sesame Street due to their partnership with Autism Speaks and Ad Council to promote early screenings of autism. They used Julia, an autistic muppet on Sesame Street that was created with input from ASAN, to promote Autism Speaks and encourage families to get an […]Read More A Look at Autism Speaks’ “100 Day Kit”