Say the name Autism Speaks amongst a bunch of autistic Children Of The ’80s, or worse yet a room full of Powell types (or both, like myself), and fur will fly on a scale that is incomprehensible to those who fit into neither group. This more reflects on the groups I mention than Autism Speaks itself, but that does not mean Autism Speaks deserves a pass. For one thing, amongst autistic adults, these two groups have the biggest claim to having been shortchanged and/or abused, and amongst the autistic, that is saying quite a lot.
When one is told that they are autistic, they go out in search of understanding, of people to find common ground with, or just some direction to go in from here. When I was diagnosed, I was confronted by two things. One was the “we are just going to keep ignoring you until you grow old and die” attitude from the people in the local area that has since made me despise proud ruralists like they made a habit of raping children. The other was an ever-growing number of mentions of “curebies” and Autism Speaks. And that was when I started to ask questions. And the answers I got back, let us just say, were far from being to my liking.
In order to understand what a person does, one has to understand their motives. And for Autism Speaks, helping people who are on the autistic spectrum has never been a consideration. In one year (2008, in fact), Autism Speaks paid its own “chief science officer” 669,751 US dollars. This is more than enough to put that “chief science officer” in the top one percent income bracket. It is, in fact, nearly twice the cut-off point for the top one percent of US incomes as I understood it (350,000 US dollars was the figure I heard). So it is hardly unfair to say that one of Autism Speaks’ motives for even existing is to exploit the autistic for financial gain. The video I learned this from can be viewed here, in case you are interested.
Nor are Autism Speaks entirely honest in their public relations. In one video, figurehead Suzanne Wright has been recorded testifying before what appeared to be a committee that she was not aware of any opposition to Autism Speaks. This runs very contradictory to the fact that Autism Speaks has an entire subsection dedicated to watching for mention of them on the Internet. I will not talk about the events that brought this to my attention, but they also seem to have a division dedicated to creative use of the civil and criminal justice system in order to intimidate people into silence.
Imagine for a second that a charity purporting to speak for people with diabetes or cancer behaved in manners like this. Imagine them finding that a group of people with diabetes or cancer disagrees with one the things that they do. Imagine them trying to file frivolous lawsuits, or lawsuits on spurious grounds, in an attempt to silence people who are critical of their policy. I have suffered from diabetes since I was nine years old, and I am being lined up to have another benign tumor taken out of the side of my face sometime this year. So when I say that I cannot imagine a dispute with charity organisations claiming to represent people dealing with cancer or diabetes escalating to the point where people dealing with diabetes or cancer denouncing that charity in public, I want you to understand my full meaning. Autism Speaks is being denounced by people on every part of the spectrum. I like to coin sayings or catchphrases, so the meaning of this one I am about to offer should be very clear. If you are autistic and are not openly calling for Autism Speaks to face criminal indictments, you clearly do not understand what they are trying to do to you.
Nor is fraud the only charge that Autism Speaks should be facing. The vaccine theory they have pushed has resulted in the deaths of numerous children, the most notorious example being Abubakar Tariq Nadama. Whether Autism Speaks can be blamed for the mercury theory that no credible expert on the autistic spectrum supports is a matter for another time. But that they push it and refuse to entertain any alternate, much more credible theory such as those offered by just about everyone on the spectrum, Tony Attwood, et cetera, makes them culpable as far as I am concerned. When one puts information out there that results in the deaths of others, especially when that information is demonstrably false, one is liable for those deaths.
Note that I am not a lawyer, or an expert. I am not offering this as legal opinion but rather an opinion of what happens to be right. The autistic literally have the worst of both worlds at the present time. None of the help that we need is coming in, and everything that we do not want is being hosed on us like water from a fire hose. With very few exceptions, all of the real help in our cause has been coming from within. Every attempt that we have made to tell Autism Speaks what we want and need has proven fruitless. Whilst Autism Speaks has allegedly included one board member who is supposedly on the spectrum, the expression “house nigger” or “Uncle Tom” comes to mind. And this is to say nothing of the fact that the whole “you do not count because you are high-functioning” bit is compliments of Autism Speaks, too. Except they have cut it out a bit after learning that they are not exactly popular with those considered to be low-functioning, either.
America has such a nice saying, “liberty and justice for all”. If this saying is more than window-dressing, then Autism Speaks should be made to answer charges of fraud, incitement to murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and conspiracy to commit genocide. Every day, they commit acts that support such charges. To lawmakers in America, the United Kingdom, and Australia alike, I submit the following: what will you think of yourselves if a Powell Aspie like myself decides they are sick of waiting, and to beat Autism Speaks to the punch? Many murders have occurred in circumstances like that before, and Autism Speaks’ actions can be considered begging for it.
For these reasons, I believe Autism Speaks should be stripped of charitable status, taxed at the top marginal rate, and made to answer criminal indictments. If you disagree, you can go to hell.
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