This action alert is designed to let the British Charity Action for Children know about the need to avoid unethical autism advertising in response to their recent television advertisements. E-mails sent through it will go to Action for Children, their supporter in Parliament, MP Hilary Armstrong and the British Fundraising Standards Board.
We provide a basic letter for you to use as an example, but if you have the time and ability, we encourage you to personalize it to reflect your own thoughts in order to show the breadth and passion of feeling that this issue brings in our community.
We urge Action for Children to immediately withdraw this advertisement, apologize to the autistic community and commit to seek the input of autistic-run advocacy organizations, such as the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the London Autism Rights Movement and AutreachIT in future advertising and fundraising efforts. Autistic children grow up to be autistic adults, and it is only proper that you respect and work with those whom your work desires to assist.