Having an autistic child is not the end of the world--far from it. It is my hope that through this blog, at least a handful of people will get to understand that. My child is amazing, she brings us tremendous joy. We have good days & bad days, but we CHOOSE to focus on the good. Our belief is that by loving our daughter, giving her the most comfortable environment we can, and by most of all accepting her differences, she will continue to blossom--in her OWN way.

1/10/08

Katie Wright Speaks Out

Katie Wright on Autism Speaks' Grants

A new post on "Age of Autism" from Katie Wright that I stumbled upon. I found it somewhat interesting to hear what her views & feelings toward Autism Speaks. Nothing earth-shattering, she still hopes AS will start pushing the whole biomedical crap, blame vaccines, etc. etc. But, something that may be worth a read. I for one like to keep Autism Speaks, curebies, and others on my radar screen, you know how the saying goes "...keep your enemies closer."

I can't help it, but I find some pleasure in this big divide that has formed (& is growing!) between the curebie-biomedical-mercury bunch and Autism Speaks. I find it so interesting that all these groups claim to want to "help" children with autism. Yet, together, they've done practically nothing to further the acceptance of autistics, assist teen and adult autistics with regard to career or vocational opportunities, living arrangements, independence, etc. They've done little to nothing to create solutions on changes in schools, the workplace, and in public that would benefit autistics. They have promoted the beliefs that autistics are missing a soul, hopeless, violent, and suffering. It appears that in the end, it will be TACA and Autism Speaks in the ring, fighting one another, parents on either side...and not a single autistic adult benefiting from the millions of dollars each organization blows through.

If you're interested in reading the article, click here.

2 comments:

Phil Schwarz said...

How true, and how sad.
Shame on both of them -- the biomed-believers *and* Autism Speaks.
They both each need a roll of quarters with which to buy clues.
Oh wait, they both *have* plenty of money...
Now why can't they use it to actually improve the quality of daily life of autistic people *here and now*?

S.L. said...

It enrages me, to think of ALL that money being tossed into "research" by all these groups... I think of what that money could really be doing or the autistic community (in a posautive way!). Sickening. Thanks for the comments!