Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Unethical Ad Campaign Action Alert

The British charity Action for Children is currently showing a television advertisement that depicts an autistic boy, "Dan," as controlled by a monster that causes him to "lash out." The ad presents a harmful and misleading view of the autistic population by suggesting that Dan's autism is monstrous, that violent behavior is characteristic of autism, and that there is a non-autistic child somewhere inside the monster who needs to be rescued.

To send letters to the charity and to British authorities protesting this unethical ad campaign, visit the Action for Children Unethical Ad Campaign Alert on ASAN's action page at The page provides a basic letter that can be personalized to express the writer's individual views.

Update: The ad has been withdrawn, thanks to all who wrote to object.

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