Edit them in the Widget section of the, http://aspieweb.net/aspieweb-being-bullied-by-autism-speaks/, http://www.autistichoya.com/2012/07/georgetown-say-no-to-autism-speaks.html, http://healthmad.com/mental-health/im-autistic-but-autism-speaks-doesnt-speak-for-me/, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/05/19/336513/-An-Autistic-Speaks-About-Autism-Speaks, http://fromonesurvivortoanother.tumblr.com/post/17765289011/littlemissmutant-a-lot-of-the-data-that-ive, http://autisticadvocacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Autism_Speaks_Flyer.pdf, http://goldenheartedrose.tumblr.com/post/17644810872/so-whats-the-problem-with-autism-speaks, Hermeneutical Injustice – This is for you, Carrie. I feel that there's really not much point in 'taking back' words that will always be easy to use as insults, especially if it ends up in a situation where only some people may use the words without it being an automatic insult, such as is the case currently with the N-word. And it makes it difficult for people who haven’t been educated on autism for reputable sources to accept Autistic people who don’t fit either of those stereotypes. You can use it that way, but the reason the word is used to describe drunk people is because "they are acting like a stupid person," i.e. This project is problematic for multiple reasons. EVERYWHERE. Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 by allistic (non-autistic) couple Suzanne and Bob Wright, grandparents of an autistic child. Autism Speaks (abbreviated to AS or sometimes A$) is a highly controversial organization, run by non-autistic people, that seeks to eliminate autism. They talked about what a terrible burden having an autistic child was. Our mission is to provide a forum to connect with those who wish to employ these abilities. Autistic people have severe concerns to this day. In Nazi Germany those with disabilities were targeted for extermination due to being seen as biologically inferior and a threat to the building of a "genetically superior" race. In order to do so, it is necessary for us, as a society, to scrap our ableist tendencies. If you're the average twenty-year-old class and ability privileged college student who has never heard of ableism and has never considered the origins of the word "insane," fine, I can give you some slack until someone tells you that the word "insane" was used as a diagnostic label to perpetuate discrimination, prejudice, and stigma against millions of people and you continue to use it. April is the month when a world that already characterizes autistic people as dangerous, incapable children musters all of its remaining ableist spirit to raise awareness of the perceived horrors of the disease. I've learned as much or more from the "common folk" than I have learned from those that profess or indicate intellectual superiority.Not everyone on the spectrum meets University Standards, nor should they be expected to meet them, when online communities may be their only potential for connection with the world.Perhaps I can see both sides of the issue as my difficulties with verbal abilities were ridiculed with these words of ableism through the course of my lifetime, whereas I was praised for making good grades on multiple choice tests, that are not always part of success in the real world.I cannot imagine personally using these words that potentially degrade the dignity of humanity of another individual, in a community where there are people that do have learning disabilities, nor would I use them in real life among those that profess or suggest "intellectual superiority" because personal attacks do not lead to constructive results in communication.I think it is a potential mistake to suggest that this it is acceptable to insult intelligence or use these terms that can be perceived as ableist terms, for those that may not be as intellectually gifted as others. Autism Speaks are a charity that promotes ABA, and searches for a “cure” for autism, instead of supporting autistic people (read more here). It doesn't mean claiming that Autistics do not do mass murders when psychopaths or psychotics do so. Autism Speaks’ logo is a puzzle piece to represent the ableist idea that autism is a puzzle to be solved and fixed. Think about it – why do you discipline your child? This “charity” was called Cure Autism Now. http://autisticadvocacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Autism_Speaks_Flyer.pdf, And of course, I must always mention goldenheartedrose’s master post on why Autism Speaks is reprefuckinghensible. These portrayals rely on … Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It was founded in February 2005 by Bob Wright, vice chairman of General Electric, and his wife Suzanne, a year after their grandson Christian was diagnosed with autism. My point is that making an otherwise good and necessary point using ableist language completely dilutes your point. a person with an intellectual disability. And I think it's about time to acknowledge this, because it accounts for quite a few of the people who use this kind of ableist language, sadly. http://www.autistichoya.com/2012/07/georgetown-say-no-to-autism-speaks.html ( Log Out /  Only people with actual mental illness, like psychopaths or schizophrenics do that kind of thing. But using ableist language to attack those things is full of such irony and hypocrisy that it's incomprehensible. I strongly disprefer fully republished posts, but am not opposed in principle. Autism organizations should be led by those who they claim to help, whereas Autism Speaks is specifically ableist against Autistic people and promote prejudice, they support Autism Moms™ rather than Autistic people. Autism Speaks has used legal threats in the past to bully autistics who don’t agree with their messages (one built a parody website—perfectly legal—but was bullied into taking it off the web: http://aspieweb.net/aspieweb-being-bullied-by-autism-speaks/). And I feel like the assumption is that people who use ableist language like "crazy" don't actually have mental health issues themselves, when the reality is that a lot of us are self-hating, unaware, or just don't care. In 2015, Sesame Street announced they were introducing a new character with autism named Julia. When in April, this was brought to Sia’s attention she said “ I will look into it further ”, however she went ahead with their contributions and stated that “ I had no idea it was such a polarising group! Specifically, people with a tested IQ between 0 and 25 were diagnosed as idiots, people with a tested IQ between 26 and 50 were diagnosed as imbeciles, and people with a tested IQ between 51 and 70 were diagnosed as morons. (With added layers of PTSD and diabetes from some of the frustrated treatment received.) I loathe Autism Speaks and what it stands for. Ableism, as a reminder, is the discrimination against disabled people in favour of those who are “able-bodied.” Ableism, like racism or sexism, occurs on the individual level (e.g. I manually approve comments, so sometimes it takes a few weeks, months, or even years to find and approve comments. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED EXCEPT WHERE OTHERWISE STATED. Crazy, insane, and retarded I know; loony just reminds me of "loony bin", so I can guess as to an original meaning; but I must admit that I had been using stupid and idiotic as general derogatories because I was under the impression that they did not have specific meanings the way dumb, retarded, and crazy have them. I'm autistic. Jim Sinclair –“Don’t Mourn For Us” (1993) “Autism isn't something a person has, or a "shell" that a person is trapped inside. Autism is a way of being. But the things they said about autistic people, while I and another autistic adult were sitting right there in the room, were absolutely ableist and generally terrible to hear. Archived. It’s all over twitter. Autistic. There’s so many able-bodied, neurotypical people writing about us, talking about us, making academic papers on us that are often completely inaccessible – for example, Autism Speaks, unfortunately the largest autism organization in the US, is by and large led by neurotypicals. The Art of Autism is a 501c3 nonprofit. Saying this is not true is just as insulting as when Autism Speaks says that we all need to be cured. Not all individuals, but certainly many, including many on the spectrum.R/Kate. Links offsite are not to be construed as endorsement or acceptance of the ideas and opinions expressed therein. ( Log Out /  Are slang terms like "nuts," "loony," and "bat-shit" far enough divorced from describing clinical insanity to count as non-ablist?Sorry for the length of this comment. Autism Speaks is the most prolific autism-centered organization in the United States of America, bombarding society with national advertising campaigns and hundreds of local walks and fundraisers; on the other hand, ASAN is the most well-know, regularly-recommended organization for autistic self-advocacy. I do not warrant that access to this website and its contents will be uninterrupted or error free, nor do I make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of this website and its contents, or as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or contents of any content, information, material, postings, or posting responses found on this website or any links to other sites made available on the website. Over 300,000 people with disabilities were sterilized and over 200,000 were killed during the Nazi regime for having either mental or physical disabilities. But if you're a, Take the humble pill, recognize your own strands of ableism, and stop using the ableist language. Powered by. With that said, there is a difference between treating things that would harm or kill a person if left untreated and preventing that … Check out my portfolio. I have 3 thoughts (at least!) when we get insulted or ignored in conversation because of how we speak) as well as at the structural level (e.g. I generally like them, and they seem to generally like me, some in spite of, others because…