UPDATE: My NYT piece has been delayed. Still in the works but probably 10 days or so from now, for various reasons. Stay tuned!
Today I am going to have a piece in the New York Times about Autism Speaks and a recent parenting dilemma. I thought it might be useful to have some resources here. I’ll post the link to the piece when it’s up.
- Here’s the master post of resources on Autism Speaks from “The Caffeinated Autistic.” It’s the best places to start.
- Here’s a letter to Autism Speaks signed by many disability rights organizations, and written by Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. ASAN is my go-to place for information on autism.
- My posts: Say no to Blue-Washing and Disability is not War are both directly about Autism Speaks. I also reference them in my piece on London McCabe’s murder.
We, the undersigned organizations representing the disability community, are writing to urge you to end your support for Autism Speaks. We profoundly appreciate your interest in supporting the autism and broader disability communities. Our work is about empowering and supporting people with all disabilities, including adults and children on the autism spectrum, to be recognized as equal citizens in our society and afforded all of the rights and opportunities that implies. Unfortunately, Autism Speaks’ statements and actions do damage to that work and to the lives of autistic people and those with other disabilities. It is our hope that we may work together in a spirit of partnership to find new and less controversial ways for you to show your commitment to our community.