Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sound Advice for Autism Speaks

In yesterday's commentary  Autism Speaks Joins Drake And J.Cole In Insulting 40% With Autism AND Intellectual Disability I criticized Autism Speaks for stigmatizing persons with Intellectual Disability, particularly the 40% of persons on the autism spectrum with ID, the 40% that Autism Speaks seldom acknowledges in its promotions and literature.  

I received the comment, posted above, from BLOOM - Parenting Kids With Disabilities editor Louise Kinross that expresses my issue with Autism Speaks' approach to intellectually disabled members of the autism spectrum better than I did. It would do Autism Speaks and the autism community it purports to represent  a great service to give serious consideration to Louise's comment. 


jonathan said...

sort of like giving advice to a brick wall. An organization that funds Laurent Mottron has John Robison, a high school dropout on their science advisory board who knows zilch about science of autism, and the fact they would fund Alex Plank's autism talk TV shows they have no common sense at all, so no point in giving them any advice and expecting them to take it to heart.

Anonymous said...

The people running AS are full of idiots, sorry to say. Judith Ursitti, a big mouth for the organization, has an extremely severe son yet continues to work for and promote Autism Speaks like it's the answer to all our children's problems. How can she accept AS's attitude when her own son is so severe? Is she clueless? As long as blow hards like this are running this organzation it will never improve.

BLOOM - Parenting Kids With Disabilities said...

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