Friday, September 25, 2009

News Coverage of Autism Speaks Controversy

Disability Scoop has just published an article on the widespread condemnation of the "I Am Autism" video by Autism Speaks throughout the cross-disability community. Numerous advocacy organizations either have signed on to a joint letter prepared by ASAN President Ari Ne'eman or are reviewing the letter and considering doing so. The open letter—soon to be released—calls on Autism Speaks' donors, sponsors, and supporters to end their involvement with an organization that uses fear and stigma as fundraising tools and, instead, to find other groups more worthy of their support.

The article further reports on Autism Speaks' defensive response to the criticism of "I Am Autism," which the organization—only days after it presented the video to much fanfare at a highly publicized United Nations event—is now attempting to portray as just a personal expression by two fathers.

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