Autism Protest  

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Protest Against Autism Speaks in NYC Nov. 17th

Announcement by ASAN President Ari Ne'eman.

We'll be gathering at Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, 154 West 57th Street in New York City from 6 PM to 8 PM this coming Tuesday, November 17th, to hold up signs and hand out flyers to Autism Speaks sponsors going in to their New York City concert with Bruce Springsteen and Jerry Seinfeld. Come join us! Please RSVP to or go to the facebook event page here:

Please distribute to your friends, contacts and listservs!


1. Autism Speaks talks about us without us. Not a single Autistic person is on Autism Speaks' Board of Directors or in their leadership. Autism Speaks is one of an increasingly few number of major disability advocacy organizations that refuse to include any individual with the disability they purport to serve on their board of directors or at any point in their leadership and decision-making processes. In large part this is due to Autism Speaks' public relations strategy of presenting Autistic people as silent burdens on society rather than human beings with thoughts, feelings and opinions.

2. They use fear and stigma to try and raise money off the backs of our people. Autism Speaks uses damaging and offensive fundraising tactics which rely on fear, stereotypes and devaluing the lives of people on the autism spectrum. Autism Speaks' advertising claims that Autistic people are stolen from our own bodies. Its television Public Service Announcements compare having a child on the autism spectrum to having a child caught in a fatal car accident or struck by lightning. In fact, the idea of autism as a fate worse than death is a frequent theme in their fundraising and awareness efforts, going back to their "Autism Every Day" film in 2005. Indeed, throughout Autism Speaks' fundraising is a consistent and unfortunate theme of fear, pity and prejudice, presenting Autistic adults and children not as full human beings but as burdens on society that must be eliminated as soon as possible.

3. Very little money donated to Autism Speaks goes toward helping Autistic people and families: According to their 2008 annual report, only 4% of Autism Speaks' budget goes towards the "Family Service" grants that are the organization's means of funding services. Given the huge sums of money Autism Speaks raises from local communities as compared to the miniscule sums it gives back, it is not an exaggeration to say that Autism Speaks is a tremendous drain on the ability of communities to fund autism service-provision and education initiatives. Furthermore, while the bulk of Autism Speaks' budget (65%) goes toward genetic and biomedical research, only a small minority of Autism Speaks' research budget goes towards research oriented around improving services, supports, treatments and educational methodologies, with most funding going towards basic research oriented around causation and genetic research, including the prospect of prenatal testing. Although Autism Speaks has not prioritized services with a practical impact for families and individuals in its budget, its rates of executive pay are the highest in the autism world, with annual salaries as high as $600,000 a year.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Do you ever wonder why Generation Rescue has only profiles and stories that agree with them? They don't just let you comment, everything you post on their site must be approved. I made a profile for the heck of it; it will be interesting to see if they approve it.

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Real nice, Generation Rescue  

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

J.B. Handley is so nice! (not)

Quote from the author of the Wired article:
"I’ve been called stupid, greedy, a whore, a prostitute, and a “fking lib.” I’ve been called the author of “heinous tripe.”

J.B. Handley, the founder of Generation Rescue, the anti-vaccine group that actress Jenny McCarthy helps promote, sent an essay title” “Paul Offit Rapes (intellectually) Amy Wallace and Wired Magazine.” In it, he implied that Offit had slipped me a date rape drug. “The roofie cocktails at Paul Offit’s house must be damn good,” he wrote. Later, he sent a revised version that omitted rape and replaced it with the image of me drinking Offit’s Kool-aid. That one was later posted at the anti-vaccine blog Age of Autism."

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You sure don't  

Jenny McCarthy, the supposed autism expert who dropped out of nursing school to work with Playboy has something interesting and truthful to say I came across:

So basically, I don't know what I'm talking about. But maybe I do.
Jenny McCarthy

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Wired gets it right  

Monday, November 2, 2009

This is an incredible article on the anti-vaccine movement, well researched and blunt.
It explains some of the dangers to the general population caused by the anti-vaccine movement. It also covers some of the "lovely" behavior towards Paul Offit by anti-vaccine fanatics. Such as threatening his children and his own life. Of course it doesn't surprise me, I've gotten my share of "love" mail from hysterical anti-vaccine people. Oh, and I'll point out if you have any "love" mail for me, e-mail it all you want to autielady[at] and I will publish it and respond to it.

In any case, here is the article:
Wired Article

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