Spectrum Power: Raise Awareness for Autism and Mental Disabilities

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My name is Maddie Preston, and I am on the autism spectrum.

My whole life, I have been treated unfairly due to my mental disability. I have been bullied by my peers, treated unfairly by adults, been generalized and stereotyped, and harassed online.

I am not the only one who's been through this, and many people who are mentally disabled have been treated worse. People on the spectrum have been targeted for harassment and assault, and have been wrongly accused and convicted for crimes. And barely anyone defends these unjust actions.

There is also barely any positive representation in the media, and lies being spread about the disability. Hate groups such as Autism Speaks have been speaking for us and not listening to us while spreading lies and making people think autism is a bad thing. People have been spreading false rumors about vaccines causing autism. People still use slurs that were created to hurt us. Businesses refuse to serve us for a disability we cannot control. People constantly tell others to get over being autistic and "stop using it as a crutch". And all of this is still legalized. 

There needs to be a change. There needs to be a push to research autism and to stop generalizing it. There needs to be a push to stop the injustice that people on the autism spectrum - people like me - face on a daily basis.

We need to show that the spectrum isn't something to be feared, but something to be loved and proud of.

Spectrum Power!