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Petitioning Walmart and 3 others

Walmart: Don't Target Autstic Children: Remove Autism Speaks "school supplies" from your stores

School should be a safe place-not for fundraising for the prevention and cure of Autistic students. Walmart has teamed up with Autism Speaks to sell Autism Speaks-themed puzzle piece "school supplies." These supplies will be available in Walmart stores throughout the country starting in August. The placement of the merchandise in the school supplies section, is cause for great concern. The puzzle supplies target school-aged children and families shopping for school materials. They also target and single out children on the autism spectrum who will be shopping in Walmart for their school supplies and then going to school with "puzzle piece" and autism logos drawing attention to them in ways that may unintentionally cause problems for them. Although Autism Speaks markets this as "acceptance" (a phrase co-opted from the Autistic community and parent supporters), and "awareness," what Autism Speaks is doing, clearly spelled out on merchandise, is donating 6% of the proceeds to "funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism."

Direct contact form for Walmart Ethics Concerns: https://walmartethics.com/ReportAConcern.aspx

Two Autistic parents blog about why selling school supplies to fundraise for "cures" for our children is a really bad idea:

http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/school-supplies-our-autistic-children.html

http://www.asparenting.com/2012/07/27/coming-soon-to-a-walmart-near-you/

 

Letter to
Walmart
Walmart Global Ethics Office
Ethical Standards
and 1 other
Continental Accessory Corp Continental Accessory Corp
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Walmart.

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I am writing to request that Walmart remove Autism Speaks school supplies- they target Autistic schoolchildren.

Walmart has teamed up with Autism Speaks to sell Autism Speaks-themed puzzle piece "school supplies." These supplies will be available in Walmart stores throughout the country starting in August. The placement of the merchandise in the school supplies section, is cause for great concern. The puzzle supplies target school-aged children and families shopping for school materials. They also single out children on the autism spectrum who will be shopping in Walmart for their school supplies. In addition, these children will have to go to school with "puzzle piece" and autism logos drawing attention to them in ways that may unintentionally cause problems for them.

Although Autism Speaks markets this as "acceptance," Autism Speaks has consistently shown that they are not accepting of Autistic people. In 2006, with their fundraising video, Autism Every Day, Autism Speaks targeted audiences by showing children as destroying parents’ lives. In 2009, a new fundraising video, I am Autism, portrayed "Autism" as stealing children in the night.

Autism Speaks clearly spells out on the merchandise that 6% of the processed will be donated to their research goals of "funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism." (http://www.autismspeaks.org/about-us) The Americans with Disabilities Act, which just celebrated its 22nd anniversary, and the Developmental Disabilities Act both state that “disability is a natural part of the human experience.” Seeking a cure or prevention of autism specifically goes against this.

Children on the autism spectrum, whether or not they understand the funding goals of Autism Speaks, will be singled out. Autistic children should have the same chance as any other child to come to school to focus on learning, having fun, being supported by their school environment rather than being the focus of fundraising for research that many of us find offensive. Walmart, please reconsider your decision and keep Autism Speaks puzzle pieces out of our schools.

School should be a safe place-not for fundraising for the prevention and cure of students with disabilities.
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Sincerely,