Autism Speaks is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright. It seems to have taken over the entire conversation about autism in this country, with their blue puzzle pieces littered all over the landscape, which have come to symbolically represent autism itself in a way that is not accurate.
Autism is a complicated condition, and the community of people who experience it is varied and extensive. This year, during the month of April, which is designated as Autism Awareness Month, there has been an increasing amount of societal conversation on autism and how people who live with it ought to be treated.
The recent movie “Music,” which was a passion project of the pop singer Sia and a critical disaster, has attracted additional attention to the problem because it portrays autistic individuals in an exceptionally inaccurate manner. A group known as Autism Speaks served as the primary adviser for the film in regards to the accurate portrayal of autistic characters.
Autism Speaks is the most prominent group working to advocate for autistic people. During the month of April, they organize the Light It Up Blue campaign, and they are the ones who are primarily responsible for making the puzzle piece a widely recognized symbol of autism. The autistic community does not have a positive picture of its history as an organization, and this is one of the reasons why.
Autism Speaks Helps People Who Are on The Autism Spectrum in A Variety of Different Ways, Including the Following:
- Fostering Greater Global Understanding and Acceptance via Education, Awareness, and Participation in All Aspects of Life.
- Being a Driving Force Behind Discoveries in Life-Improving Research by Investing in Open, Collaborative Science that Will One Day Lead to More Individualized Treatments and Therapies for People on The Autism Spectrum and Acting as A Catalyst for Such Developments.
- Increasing early childhood screening and timely intervention with our bilingual public service campaigns aims to lower the age of diagnosis to help children with autism reach their fullest potential and offer resources to help caregivers better support their child with autism. These campaigns aim to help children with autism reach their fullest potential and help children reach their full potential.
- By providing free online resources for transition, job, education, housing, and community living, the goal of this project is to improve the transition to adulthood for the more than 70,000 autistic Americans who reach the age of eligibility for school-based assistance each year.
- Providing more people, particularly those living in underserved areas and communities, with access to resources, information, and support beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing through adulthood is an important step toward achieving the goal of ensuring access to reliable information and services throughout the life span.
- The goal will be accomplished by continuing to broaden the scope of our Autism Response Team’s activities and enhancing its technical abilities and body of knowledge.
The Autism Speaks Partnership with Google Has Sparked Criticism on The Internet.
Some people on Twitter are outraged over a study project that is being led by the notorious autism advocacy organization Autism Speaks and the technology giant Google. These people feel that the initiative’s ultimate goal is to completely do away with autism.
MSSNG is an initiative that began in 2014 and entails the gathering and sequencing of DNA samples from individuals who have a personal or family history of autism. According to ABC, the term “Missing” in the title is supposed to indicate voids in genetic research, which is why there aren’t any letters “I” in the word.
According to the webpage of the project, this information will be disseminated to a large number of researchers in the hope that it would one day facilitate “the identification of various subtypes of autism,” which in turn will make “tailored and more accurate therapy” possible.
These critics, on the other hand, argued that the negative impact in question only occurred because “neurotypical” people, who think and behave in a way that is acceptable and “normal” according to broader social standards, stigmatize autism for the purpose of creating a society that is cognitively uniform.
The Fundraising Techniques Used by Autism Speaks Contribute to The Stigmatization, Discrimination, and Fear that Autistic Persons Face.
Autism Speaks uses its platform and advertising money to depict autism and autistic people in a negative light, giving the impression that autism is a strange and terrifying condition. Their strategies for obtaining money contribute to the spread of stigma and make it more difficult for autistic individuals to be included in our communities.