Tell Alpha Xi Delta to stop supporting Autism $peaks

Tell Alpha Xi Delta to stop supporting Autism $peaks

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Adrian Sandersfeld started this petition to Alpha Xi Delta Alpha Xi Delta

For the past few weeks, it has disheartened and pained me to see a sorority on my University campus endorsing a hate group which perpetuates the othering, oppression, and abuse of autistic and neurodivergent people. Alpha Xi Delta, nationwide sorority, has been raising money for Autism Speaks this spring and it has caused myself and other autistics great distress and frustration.

I am an autistic university student and it has been a nightmare walking around campus this month seeing nothing but hatred for autistic people from the national sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. This sorority's endorsement of Autism $peaks sends a clear and pointed message to autistic students on campuses across the country: the Alpha Xi Delta sorority thinks autism needs to be 'cured'. I, and many other autistics, are fed up with neurotypicals telling us we are 'broken' and need to be fixed, especially when those methods of 'fixing' us are abuse disguised as 'help'. To see this kind of ableism from our own peers, on our own college campuses, is a blow that hits us deep. How can we feel safe on campuses that are currently allowing a sorority to fund a hate group, which has done nothing but contribute to our abuse, invalidation and mistreatment?

Autism Speaks is a corporate, for-profit 'charity' which aims to silence autistic people and invented Autism "Awareness" month (as well as other various campaigns) to convince neurotypical people that autism needs to be cured. I do not need to be cured. Autistic children do not need to be cured. We are not puzzle pieces, we are people who function differently who are tired of being treated as if we are diseased or disordered. This is ableism at its finest and the universities affiliated with Alpha Xi Delta are perpetuating that ableism by supporting and endorsing a hate group which does not represent the voices of autistic or neurodivergent people and is responsible for the abuse of autistic and neurodivergent children. 

I urge the Alpha Xi Delta to discontinue and denounce its support of Autism Speaks in favor of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, an organization which uplifts and empowers autistic peoples' voices in order to promote autism acceptance. We need to be accepted, not cured. Autism Speaks does not speak for us. We are not broken, we are not puzzle pieces, and we do not need to be 'cured'. We need acceptance. Help me in my efforts to persuade the Alpha Xi Delta  against endorsing and supporting Autism Speaks in favor of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN). A change like this cannot come from a handful of neurodivergent university students alone. Help us change our campus for the better. 

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