In October I will be walking for my second year in a row for the walk for Autism Speaks, and need a little help raising money. I hate asking for money from anyone, but this is such a good cause and something I am VERY passionate about. My team page is looking a little lonely right now because I haven’t really started collecting money just yet, but decided now is a good time. Last year was my first time ever walking in this walk and I was the team leader. I am the leader of my team once again (no pressure at all) and want to raise even more money than we did last year. Below I am going to put the link to my team page and would appreciate any little amount someone can give us. You can pay by credit card OR print off a donation form, fill it out, and send it in. Literally any amount helps! Thanks in advance! Also, if anyone has any questions at all feel free to message me. I would love to answer anything you have questions about!
Below is my story of my connection to autism, and why I am very passionate about raising money for this great cause.
2 1/2 years ago I started babysitting a little boy with autism. When I first starting watching him I knew nearly nothing about autism, and although he has a very mild case, I soon started to notice differences between him and other children. He has little quarks that make him who he is. He’s one of the smartest, funniest, and loving children I have ever met in my entire life and he has changed my life completely. I have learned what patience really is and have gained a lot of it in the past 2 1/2 years. I have learned what it really means to love someone who is “different”, and that different isn’t bad at all. In fact, it is one of the most special and beautiful things in the world. I have also learned a lot about Autism in general. Soon after I started watching him I started to research things about autism. I read countless articles online, read a few books about it, and took note on things other people told me about it. I loved learning about it and found myself intrigued by just how difficult this “disease” is to understand.
This little boy is such an important part of my life, and I love watching him grow and change. Although it’s not always easy to be the babysitter of a child with autism, I literally wouldn’t change it for ANYTHING in the world. I love him with all my heart and can’t wait to see where his life takes him.
You have it backwards. Never be ashamed to bother people who can afford it about giving to a worthy cause. Solicit guilt-free and incessantly. The problem is not that. It is Autism Speaks. Here is what the people they claim to serve think of them:
If you do not want to change him, you want nothing to do with this organization. They want a world without him. Give the money to a non-profit like ASAN, instead.
I’ve never lived in an area that hosts an Autism Speaks walk before. I lived in Philadelphia for a time, but that was before Autism Speaks existed. Point being, I’m very worried. I want to protest, I have a lovely team with which to do so, and I’m scared to pieces. A$ supporters are going to be hypocritically angry at me for involving my children should I choose to do so and really I don’t know how how I can not, and they are going to try to make my children think I don’t love them, and things could get very very ugly.
I respectfully disagree with the response. You have every other day to be polite. It is the pragmatic approach to talking individuals away from the organization. That is not the goal of a protest. You are there to present a counterpoint to their narrative to your community. It helps to be conspicuous. Be dignified, but be seen and heard. Your town is the target audience, not Autism Speaks. The only message for them is that they are unwelcome.
It looks worse than it is. Last year, I was alone. I made a ‘cure closed-mindedness’ shirt. My placard called for rational discourse. It had contact information. I was still trying to talk to them as an organization then. I saw soccer moms bare their teeth. It was unnerving, but no one hurt me. This year, I returned with two others. They were somewhat better behaved, though we were quickly rousted by police. Know whether there is a place you can be seen and still stand on public property. Know local laws on protests. Know whether you are willing to get arrested in advance. Pass out ASAN flyers. Print them early. I did them the night before. The cartridge was low. The coloring was awkward.
After 8 weeks, this is the result of my beard experiment. I am probably shaving tonight, but it has been fun to grow and I’m glad to have reached my $100 No-Shave November / Disheveled December goal for www.autismspeaks.org Being bearded is a relatively small fraternity and it was fun to be welcomed into the brotherhood by the hairy and clean-shaven alike. It’s not just facial hair, it’s a lifestyle. And hell, it will always grow back.
Your beard is impressive. Alliteration is nice. Autism Speaks is not. Read this:
If you have not made a legally-binding promise, give the money to a worthy charity instead. If you are specifically interested in helping autistic people, consider sending it here: