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Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

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Autism Speaks is irresponsible in portraying the scientifically discredited autism-vaccine hypothesis as a legitimate area of inquiry. This misleads parents and encourages the diversion of autism research resources.
NøkkenbuerFri Jan 16 1970
Autism Speaks is a horrible charity and organization. Many of its officials—including the founders, Bob and Suzanne Wright—have been cited for endorsing the concept of autism as a "disease" to be cleansed out of the gene pool. They consider autists as genetic mutants and defects and wish to basically eradicate autism; this perception of autism is highly criticized, especially by a number of autism scientists and people who advocate for the concept of Neurodiversity. This organization does NOT represent the autistic community and in fact, many people with autism reject the charity's statements and sponsorships. Autism Speaks is not out to help individuals; it's out to exterminate them. If you don't believe me, feel free to look up the criticisms and books they have published. You'll see for yourself. As a person with high-functioning autism (Asperger Syndrome) and a supporter of Neurodiversity, I refuse to donate to this bigoted, hateful organization. I hope you follow in my footsteps and do not donate a single penny to this destructive cause.
yesthattooFri Jan 16 1970
They have someone whose whole job is dealing with "social media crises," nearly all of which are autistic people (the people they claim to be helping) being really, really angry at them for horrible things they did. Like never having apologized for I Am Autism or Autism Every Day or for being sympathetic to parents who murdered their autistic kids.
I'm Autistic and Autism Speaks does not speak for me. In fact, they actively silence my voice to make money, they compare me to a disease, they treat me like a charity case. NO MORE.
Bobby LawsonSat Jan 17 1970
Autism Speaks is a terrible organization that only hurts people with autism by treating us like we're diseased and making pseudoscientific claims about autism and vaccines.
This "charity" claims to speak for me and my brother (we both have a high-functioning form of autism), which infuriates me because the only research they've actually been supporting is to develop a neonatal test for autism. The only purpose of such a thing would be to kill autistic children before they're born, since there is no way that you could change how the brain develops. Not to mention the multiple times their staff members have made extremely controversial remarks about those who have ASD, and the fact that none of their researchers or other staff members have autism, and thus have no idea what they're talking about when they say that autism is this big, bad, evil thing (for lack of a better way to put it).And due to their lack of budgeting skills, along with their complete disregard for anything but research that is leading nowhere, only 4% of their budget is actually used to help people with autism. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend donating to them. Just donate to somewhere like Autistic Self Advocacy Network that actually focuses on helping people instead.
somethingtosaySun Jan 18 1970
AutismSpeaks donates very little money to help autistic people (focusing instead on trying to "cure" us or spread fear about autism). Encourages stereotypes about autism (such as the idea that autistic people are almost all male, that autism is a disease, etc). I'm autistic and I don't support this organization or website. It's not helpful to me or to my fellow autistic family members and friends.
genderceptionSun Jan 18 1970
Autism Speaks is an organization rooted in eugenics, with an end goal to eradicate autism. This is harmful because it means an end to people like me and my close friends, when autism makes us who we are.
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Autism Speaks claims to be a charity, yet it ignores the voices of the people it claims to support while promoting dangerous therapies. It uses fear propaganda to dehumanize autistic people and actively silences autistic voices that speak out in protest against their unethical behavior.

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73 / 100

Child Safety

75 / 100