Light it Up Blue?
They even produced a video (that has since been withdrawn, but you can still find it), that insinuated having an Autistic child meant the end of life as you know it.
I am autism. I have no interest in right or wrong. I derive great pleasure out of your loneliness. I will fight to take away your hope. I will plot to rob you of your children and your dreams. I will make sure that every day you wake up you will cry, wondering who will take care of my child after I die?
Here’s a blurb straight from Autism Speaks:
“Ultimately, you may feel a sense of acceptance. It’s helpful to distinguish between accepting that your child has been diagnosed with autism and accepting autism”
Still think Autism Speaks isn’t so terrible? Let’s look at some facts.
This infographic was obtained from Autistic Self Advocacy Network here.
The bottom line is simple; I choose to accept neurodivergence and see beauty in it. Autism Speaks would rather perpetuate fear and harmful stigmas associated with autism rather than embrace Autistic people and truly help them and their families. I challenge you to embrace acceptance over awareness this month and dump Light it up Blue and Autism Speaks. Instead, check out Autism Acceptance Month, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and Autism Women’s Network.