To the Editor:
The irony of the current power struggle at Autism Speaks could easily
be missed by anyone not conversant in the politics of the Autistic Civil Rights
movement. While claiming to “advocate” for families of autistic children, Autism Speaks has ignored the opinions of autistic adults, excluded us from
discussions, and declined to have a single autistic person on their boards. This
situation would be unthinkable in a group claiming to serve deaf or blind
citizens, or purporting to advance the causes of groups disenfranchised by
reason of gender, race or ethnicity.
Autistic people have not been recognized as a valid minority group, largely because of organizations like Autism Speaks, which promote stereotypes of autistics as incompetent and a burden on society.
We do communicate, sometimes in standard ways, sometimes not. The Wrights and their cohorts seem to have a problem with that other important facet of communication called listening.
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