Nothing About Us, Without Us!
It seems like a lot of them do, don’t they?
"Well, my autistic sibling can’t do x, so therefore you’re wrong and can’t discuss why Autism Speaks is bad".
I mean, I get it. I get that your life is going to be different than if your siblings are all neurotypical. I get it. I get the fact that making accommodations is hard, especially if you’re striving for a “normal” life (but what even is that anymore, I don’t even really know).
However. Autistic people who are on the internet are not automatically your ideal of “high functioning” as you think they are. Some of us are verbal (I am, mostly, though I get very very quiet when I’m overwhelmed). Some of us are not verbal, and yet we still manage to communicate our feelings about groups like Autism Speaks.
It’s frustrating, and it makes me hate the month of April very, very much.
Topics include what to do when your allies aren’t really your allies, strategies to combat media misrepresentations, and accessibility in organizing. We are opening it up to self advocates in all states. Please join us! Register at www.autisticadvocacy.org/2014-webinars.
When will recordings be available for those of us not residing in the states listed?
Yes I live overseas but this sounds important.
Barring technical difficulties, yes! How long after varies depending on how long captioning takes, but typically within a week or two. You can see recordings (which will be captioned) on our youtube page, along with past webinars and events: