For my birthday on August 19th, I’m asking my friends and family for a special gift: help me raise $1000 for Autism Speaks Inc.
My Birthday Wish is in honor of Tina (Life), my sister-in-law who is autistic.
I chose Autism Speaks Inc because I greatly feel that Autistic adults and children especially lack the proper care and guidance through the Board of Education. Those who struggle with autism greatly need more qualified professionals and educators to guide them, as well as funding for the many non-profit organizations that help low-income families and individuals with proper care needed for their autistic loved ones..
Please consider giving to my Birthday Wish, and together we can raise funding for global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.. If you can’t give now, I’d really appreciate if you’d share this page with your friends and family.
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Please click the link below to make a donation. Any amount is welcome, big or small!
The problem is that Autism Speaks does nothing to care for your sister-in-law. This is how they spend their money:
Mr. Ne’eman was using their own financial data, which I have seen. He is correct. You can look it up on their site. Another problem with Autism Speaks is that the autistic adults you want to help mostly loathe the organization. Read these:
There are innumerable articles and blog posts like these. Some are newer, but these are the best I have seen. Read this, too:
It is more recent and by another great writer. Our biggest problem with them is that they perpetuate ableist notions of our incapacity, make tragedies of our lives, and ultimately want a world without us. They want a world without your sister-in-law, too. This is an admirable idea, but they are a bad charity. Donate to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, The Arc of the United States, or A.skate instead. If you want to help children, you could also ask special education teachers in your town what they need. If you want to help adults, consider helping an unemployed autistic find a job.
This is really unfortunate for me to see. I know that this fundraiser does not help her directly, but she asked me personality to do this for her, so out of the kindness of my heart I am doing it and keeping her in the loop while I do it. She genuinely wants other kids like her to get the same kind of help that she and my mother-in-law do. The facility is aimed at low-income families and there isn’t many programs like this one in New York City.
The staff at the facility where she lives, located in Long Island, NY has directed me to Autism Speaks. I do not know if they’re aware of any of this. But, that facility in particular receives funding from them. I could share this information with the staff and pick one of the other organizations you’ve mentioned above, but I probably don’t want to spoil it for Tina(Life). She’s really enjoying it and wants to help the organization that helps her.
This is my first time ever starting a fundraiser. My husband is a Special Needs educator specializing in autistic children in public schools. I have only worked with the children and Tina directly through the different organizations she’s been with.
A lot of people don’t know how much harm Autism Speaks actually does, because they do a very good job of covering their tracks. It’s possible that they all simply don’t know.
I would advise you to do further research (I have links on my blog, if you want to have a look, don’t mind the bold and allcaps, most people like to ignore me and it got to that point of frustration) and discuss this with your sister-in-law. A lot of people have been indoctrinated by public media to support what happens to be in the public eye at the time; and Autism Speaks has pushed pretty much everyone else out of it.
I’m sure if she knew what was really going on (eugenics and emotional abuse, in most cases, support of murder in worst cases) she would change her mind.
Unfortunately this is not really something I can discuss with her. She has the brain capacity of about a 4 year old (at the most) and does not speak either. I understand where you are all coming from but I have to keep in mind the best interest of Tina right now. The facility that she is with has been very good with her and has been open to ‘breaking the rules’ in order to keep her safe. I can discuss it with her mother, but I don’t want to risk getting her pulled from the facility. She is already too old to be there (19) but no one can acquire custody of her at the moment. She is kind of in the middle of possibly living with me, her mother, or being moved to another facility for adults (which we do not want).
>Doesn’t speak, but allegedly asked you to do this?
…Someone else take this, I can’t.
Mental age is an archaic, ableist way to describe people. That is one of the more offensive things you could have said to the autistics in this discussion. Think about the implications of mental age, perpetual childhood, and what that means for people’s lives. However much or little she understands, however communicative she is, she is nineteen.