Autism Speaks: The Truth Behind Closed Doors

Through December 2016, I will be writing several comprehensive posts about my experiences with Asperger’s Syndrome that will be shared with my college course blog. Access to this blog is only available to my Washburn University students and professor.

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Over the last few weeks, I briefly mentioned an organization by the name of Autism Speaks.  Autism Speaks is an advocacy organization that sponsors research, and conducts awareness as well as outreach activities aimed at families, and governments.  This organization was founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright.

When Autism Speaks comes up in the news feed in print, or on the air, there is always a hint of negativity towards the organization.  Some people with Autism Speaks base autism and ASD as a disease.  Research has shown that Autism Speaks is also working on making a vaccine to rid all that have autism and ASD to be cleansed.  This was verified to be truthful by ex-senior executive Alison Singer. Rhetorical reports spread when co-founder Suzanne Wright gave inaccurate statistics.

Autism Speaks through its journey has merged with National Alliance for Autism Research, and Cure Autism Now started by Jonathan Shestack and Portia Iversen in 1995.

Is Autism Speaks praised when helping other autism advocates to get the message about autism and ASD?  No.  In fact, yours truly asked the board of directors for some wearable gear and handouts for the Finals Week presentation and they were very rude and mentioned they do not help college student advocates that have autism [ASD].  In fact, upon further research I discovered none of the board of directors has any family members with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

What are your initial thoughts about this reaction to Autism Speaks?  Would you trust them, and support them on April 2?