Started 2 petitions
Stop Autism Speaks from Dictating Canadian Autism Policy!
We are autistic self-advocates, activists, and allies united to stop Autism Speaks and CASDA from dictating autism policy in Canada through their proposed “National Autism Strategy” (NAS) project. The NAS would earmark hundreds of millions in funds for Autism Speaks and other groups that actively work against autistic people and against disability rights and unity. Autism Speaks has a long reputation of denying disabled people dignity and promoting eugenics and segregation. On a Government of Canada webpage, Autism Speaks describes itself as “dedicated to funding global research into the prevention…and cure for autism.” In its 100-Day Kit, Autism Speaks advises parents to “mourn” their (very much alive) autistic children. Autism Speaks promotes segregated systems instead of inclusion. EVERY autistic self-advocacy group across Canada opposes the National Autism Strategy (NAS), for several reasons: In CASDA’s “needs” survey (which informed the NAS) only 4% of respondents were autistic; more respondents were Autism Industry reps. The Vice Chair of the Executive Board for CASDA is also the President of Autism Speaks Canada. The NAS’s proposed “pillars for change” represent industry interests, not the community’s. Services for autistic Canadians should be integrated into national disability policy, not silo’d into a separate “autism strategy” that ignores need and divides disabled communities. The Government of Canada needs to live up to its disability policy promises and start listening to autistic self-advocacy groups. It is time for a real change in how autism policy is done in Canada. Nothing about us without us!
The "Add Our Voices" Autism Campaign Doesn't Speak for Us
We, the undersigned, strongly oppose the proposed "National Autism Strategy" being promoted by the Share Our Voices campaign. Led by Paula Williams and Lori Clark, Share our Voices does not represent the needs or the voices of autistic people in Canada. They did not meaningfully consult with autistic Canadians nor with self-advocacy organizations as to what services and programs work for us. Instead, they used testimonials from parents and providers who fit into the project's narrow agenda. According to their video, the Add Our Voices campaign “speaks up for the kids who can’t speak for themselves.” We disagree. Autistic and disabled people can express what we need through a variety of communication platforms. Through this petition, we are speaking for ourselves and saying: We don't want a lobby group that represents a business interest claiming to speak for us! In an era of disability inclusion and fairness in consultation, Canadian autism policy should not be informed by proposals like Add Our Voices. Instead, we encourage the Government of Canada to consult with autistic constituents and self-advocacy organizations when drafting policy that affects the lives of autistic Canadians. Nothing about us without us!