GreaterGood.com, Please Stop Funding Autism Speaks!
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Like an increasing percentage of the population, I live with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. This can pose many challenges for me and, at times, for my family and loved ones. Many people in my life are on the autism spectrum. This neurological variation has been tied to positive traits such as intelligence and creativity. However, as a purported champion of people living with this diagnoses, Autism Speaks falls short in many ways.
The autistic community in my life overwhelmingly feels uneasy about this organization, and I have heard disturbing concerns raised time and time again from multiple sources - that Autism Speaks will not give those of us on the spectrum authority within the organization, and even that they advocate for eugenics to essentially erase our existence.
Those of us living on the Autism Spectrum often encounter challenges that can be benefitted by organizations such as the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and others. We would like to petition you to withdraw your support from Autism Speaks and lend it to an organization more willing to serve our needs. Greatergood.com does a lot of amazing work and we know you will be receptive to our concerns.
Thank you so much for your consideration.
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