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On speaking the truth

Today was Communication Shutdown Day for autism awareness. Supporters of the AEIOU Foundation, which does early intervention treatment for autistic kids, bought a $5 app and signed out from Facebook and Twitter.

Today, in rebellion against people who think turning off Facebook could mimic the autistic experience, members of the online autistic community declared this to be Autistics Speaking Day [ABC News].

Today, The New Republic, a satire blog which dared to call out the autistic owner of the WrongPlanet forum for selling out to Autism Speaks and allowing their executives to censor members' words, was taken offline after being threatened with a lawsuit from Autism Speaks an internet therapist in California with an agenda.

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jimnightmare
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Ugh ugh ugh, he took down the site?! Okay, this whole thing is really pissing me off. We weren't going to do a post for today, but maybe we'll do that now.
ksol1460
Nov. 2nd, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
The fact that those guys do "intervention" for autistic children tells you all about who and what they are.
pyraxis
Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I hope this didn't come across as me being in favor of them. I think I worded it badly. I'm new to this style of writing.
wolfteaparty
Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
Yet on the hiatus page, it says right there they have "nothing to do with Autism Speaks."

So the basic idea is that Autism Speaks wants to spread the idea that autism is horrible and must be cured, and wants to silence autistics who might give people a different idea?
pyraxis
Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Socrates keeps saying that there's a UK law that prevents him from disclosing who's suing him. So he keeps being sarcastic and indirect in an attempt not to incriminate himself.
wolfteaparty
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I figured it was either sarcasm or an attempt to cover his butt. It's scary and sad that what's supposed to be an advocacy/support group has turned into an oppressive regime. (Hope I don't get sued for this comment!)

There's an Asperger/autism group here in town that I found on meetup.com, but I didn't have a good feeling about joining after getting the impression that the club leader is an Autism Speaks supporter.

Edited at 2010-11-02 01:40 pm (UTC)
thirteen_ravens
Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Ugh.

May I copy your post content and repost to my journal? I have several Aspies on my Flist who aren't in the loop and I feel this news needs to spread as far and wide as it can...
pyraxis
Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Check here first - apparently it's not Autism Speaks, it's some counsellor in California with an agenda. The timing was very... odd.

But yeah, feel free to share what you like.
liedownlovely
Nov. 15th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
hey, we've talked a bit back and forth - want to be friends? :)
pyraxis
Nov. 15th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
Sure :)
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