Autism Speaks : The Time Is Now To Help Clean Up Your Mess22 min read

Autism Speaks, help clean up your mess!

The time is now to demand that Autism Speaks show repen­tance and pay repa­ra­tions for the out­breaks and deaths from for­merly erad­i­cated dis­eases such as measles, per­tussis, mumps and polio.

Autism Speaks: It’s also time roll up your sleeves, pony up the funding and help Autistic activists put an end to bio­med­ical abuse of Autistic chil­dren and vul­ner­able adults. Time to end the ‘healing and recovery’ quackery the anti­vaxxer move­ment cre­ated.

For years Autism Speaks has said, sug­gested and pro­moted the con­cern about a link between vac­cines and the “epi­demic” of the Autism pop­u­la­tion increasing at what seemed a sub­stan­tial rate.

The vaccine-autism theory was pro­moted, mar­keted and used to gen­erate panic about Autism world­wide. Autism Speaks fear-marketed with doc­u­men­taries, books, bill­boards, adver­tising, public ser­vice announce­ments and other mar­keting cam­paigns. Co-founder Suzanne Wright touted that the “Autism Epidemic” was a burden the world could not afford, and some­thing had to be done to erad­i­cate it.

Many par­ents were led to believe their Autistic chil­dren were “vaccine-injured” and needed to see spe­cial doc­tors for “healing and recovery.” These par­ents were taught to not trust their reg­ular pedi­a­tri­cians (they were part of the con­spiracy with “Big Pharma”), and to seek non-traditional doc­tors that were better to treat and ‘heal’ their Autistic child.

Due to the false fears gen­er­ated over vac­cines causing autism, many par­ents world­wide decided to refuse vac­ci­na­tions for their chil­dren. Parents were told measles wasn’t that big of a deal and nat­ural immu­nity would pro­tect their tiny loved ones. Due to those fears, vac­ci­na­tion rates world­wide dropped and prompted the recent out­breaks of pre­ventable ill­ness.


Autism Speaks Help Clean Up Your Mess, And Help End Preventable Illness Epidemics!

Bob Wright, Co-Founder Of Autism Speaks, On Battle Against The Disease | TODAY

Autism Speaks changed their tune on vac­cines in the public eye after the measles out­break at Disneyland in 2015. Bob Wright spoke about those changes of opinion in 2016 in an inter­view, but con­tinued to cast sus­pi­cion on vac­cines pos­sibly harming some and ulti­mately hedging his bets around the sub­ject.

In 2016, the mis­in­for­ma­tion push can still be seen. Check out the title of the NBC video:

Bob Wright, Co-Founder Of Autism Speaks, On Battle Against The Disease | TODAY. (Mar 29, 2016)

The problem? Autism is not a dis­ease to be bat­tled and con­quered. It is con­sid­ered a devel­op­mental dis­ability. It is a neu­ro­log­ical dif­fer­ence in brain wiring. Cancer is a dis­ease. Autism is not.


Not long after­wards Wright’s buddy, Robert De Niro, was inter­viewed on the same NBC show about the pro­pa­ganda film ‘Vaxxed.” (Apr 13, 2016)

 

De Niro simply re-iterated the orig­inal points on the vaccine-autism con­nec­tion quackery and prompted sus­pi­cion on the well-worn FDA/ Big Pharma con­spiracy theory. Of course, De Niro took the stance of vac­cine hes­i­tancy, not against vac­cines per se, before he regur­gi­tated the well-worn and debunked Wakefield quackery.


 

Autism Speaks cre­ated a cul­ture, iden­tity and their own ver­sion of the ‘autism com­mu­nity.’ They even encour­aged par­ents to assume their child’s iden­tity with labels like “Autism Mom” and “Autism Dad.”

NBC’s “The Today Show” is known to march out the tragedy nar­ra­tive on Autism during the Autism Speaks des­ig­nated “Autism Awareness Month” in April.

Historically, they pro­mote par­ents who follow the Autism Speaks party line. Kate Swenson, parent vlogger of an autistic, is a recent dar­ling that’s rock­eted her online pop­u­larity with their sup­port.

Sadly, all of this was done at the expense of the Autistic com­mu­nity and people — who had already been in a fight for civil and human rights for decades.

Autism Speaks used their posi­tion and power to drown out Autistic people’s voices and choices – and until recently – main­tained a monopoly on news and media per­taining to Autism.


 

Vaccination rates have now dropped to a point that those pre­ventable ill­nesses have made a come­back from their erad­i­cated status. Outbreaks of measles, mumps and other pre­ventable dis­eases dom­i­nate today’s media head­lines.

Many par­ents and loved ones in Samoa are preparing small cas­kets for funerals instead of par­tic­i­pating in usual hol­iday fes­tiv­i­ties and cheer with their chil­dren. They learned that measles wasn’t as harm­less anti­vaxxers made it out to be. Measles can kill. Samoa alone has lost 78 people due to the recent measles out­break. Most of the deaths were chil­dren under the age of four.

To com­pound mat­ters, dona­tions gen­er­ated to ‘battle the Autism epi­demic’ were lost to the local com­mu­nity, never to return. While the money flowed out to fund a cure … quality of life for Autistics who lived today weren’t addressed, antic­i­pated or even expected to be required.

Why? Well, if Autism was just a word in his­tory books 20-years from the launch of Autism Speaks, per­haps the board mem­bers felt there’d just be no need for it. Regardless, Autistic people do exist and live today. Autistic babies are still born everyday, and yet, there’s still no real under­standing of our life devel­op­mental mile­stones, aging expec­ta­tions, or even quality of life sup­ports.

Autistics today are faced with sui­cide being our #1 cause of early death. Homelessness, incar­cer­a­tion as care, poverty, abuse and murder are over­whelming issues for the Autistic com­mu­nity as well.

Most non-Autistic par­ents of Autistics are woe­fully unpre­pared for how dif­ferent their Autistic might be from them­selves beyond child­hood. Autistic adults socialize dif­fer­ently than neu­rotyp­ical adults and this includes dif­fer­ences in friend­ships, life part­ners and family struc­ture.

Most par­ents of Autistic chil­dren aren’t aware that 70% of the Autistic pop­u­la­tion doesn’t iden­tify as het­ero­sexual — com­pared to the Neurotypical pop­u­la­tion of 10%.

They aren’t familiar with other basic facts too … like the Autistic pop­u­la­tion also has a far higher per­centage of people who are non-binary and trans­gender.

And, depending on region, studies have shown Autistic people make up 10 – 60% of the home­less pop­u­la­tion.

Autistic people are very likely to suffer an intense amount of abuse over their life­time. Everyday there are head­lines about abuse of Autistics in schools, group homes, insti­tu­tions, in public, and at home. Abusers can be anyone from strangers, bus dri­vers, teachers, aides to even par­ents and care­givers.

It’s not uncommon to see news head­lines and photos of an Autistic child in hand­cuffs being led by police off of an ele­men­tary school campus.

Death by restraints and seclu­sion prac­tices aren’t uncommon either. Videos of abuse are now pop­ping up on social media sites every­where, and exposing the con­sis­tent hor­rors that were hidden before today’s video cap­tures doc­u­mented these actions.

The real needs of the Autistic com­mu­nity have yet to be addressed. This is a failure of Autism Speaks and their board mem­bers. It’s only now that some of these issues and needs are being acknowl­edged by the orga­ni­za­tion.

So after all these years, why is Autism Speaks only now re-focusing their mar­keted mes­sage to address the life span of Autistics, inclu­sion and self-advocacy?

The answer: Autistic activists

Of course, Autism Speaks won’t admit this, but it’s Autistic activists and allies that are gen­er­ating pres­sure for truth and gen­uine sup­port that’s causing Autism Speaks to do better, or at least causing them present the image that they are being more inclu­sive.

Autistic people are the world’s largest minority group. It’s taken over 30 years for autistic activists protesting orga­ni­za­tions that silence Autistic people and use fear-based mar­keting, espe­cially Autism Speaks, that harms Autistic per­son­hood and com­mu­nity. It’s taken over 40,000 Autistics net­worked through the Autistic Cooperative and other net­works, in the past two years to make this happen.

Autistic people are starting to be seen in print, on the news, on talk shows and more. This is a direct result of Autistic people working together world­wide to fight the mis­in­for­ma­tion, harm, bul­lying, incon­sis­ten­cies and the out­right lies of Autism Speaks, their board mem­bers and their mas­cots.

Now that Autistics are con­nected, Autism Speaks can’t silence us any­more. Autistics, with our real allies, are stronger together, and we’re just get­ting started. So it looks like Autism Speaks is now adhering to the adage: If you can’t beat them, join them.

Well, that is if you only look at Autism Speaks’ slick mar­keting and lip ser­vice events. Scratch beyond the sur­face, and Autism Speaks’ show of ‘inclu­sion rev­o­lu­tion’ is just a ruse.

Yes, Autism Speaks is using words like inclu­sion, accep­tance, and self-advocacy. They’ve even posted polls to enter­tain person first lan­guage vs iden­tify first lan­guage. They’ve asked the ques­tion of their ‘autism com­mu­nity’ and, and in a huge show of dis­re­spect, swept the Autistic com­mu­ni­ties iden­tity first lan­guage under the rug.

At this time, only Autism Speaks-selected token Autistics are being given a plat­form and voice in their ‘inclu­sion’ attempts. It’s these Autistics that Autism Speaks powers with their money and influ­ence. These are the Autistics being showed to the world as proof Autism Speaks has changed. Again it’s a per­cep­tion game, and a very strategic one.

You see, these are the Autistics being used to over­write the Autistic community’s voice and re-amp the Autism Speaks ‘Autism Parent’ com­mu­nity. These Autistics are known to parrot out what ‘Autism Parents’ want to hear and stick to the Autism Speaks party line.

Autism Speaks, and some other orga­ni­za­tions, are using these Autistics against the whole com­mu­nity with slo­gans like “Not all Autistics believe like you” to replace the “Not like my Autistic child” deflec­tion.

This is an attempt to divide the Autistic com­mu­nity sol­i­darity, de-power our com­mu­nity voice and create yet another wave of hate and mis­un­der­standing against us as a people.

Of course, right after, Autism Speaks will ask for that all mighty dona­tion to con­tinue to help finding solu­tions for Autistics. You see, that’s what their fight is really about: money and con­trol­ling where the money is granted.

So on the sur­face it looks good, but Autism Speaks hasn’t really changed. They’re sticking to the usual tac­tics using mas­cots and celebrity influ­encers to con­tinue to divide, dis­parage and min­i­mize Autistic people and com­mu­nity on public and social media plat­forms.

This tactic has been fab­u­lous at keeping Autism Speaks looking pris­tine, while their com­mu­nity thugs do the dirty work and take the heat. (Yes, Captain Broflakes & HitMan … talkin about you.)

So sure, the new ‘inclu­sion’ approach of Autism Speaks looks good, but it’s merely mar­keting a wolf in a blue sheep­skin puzzle-piece printed jacket to main­tain the money flow and their power status.


Mercury Mafia = Antivaxxers = The Bleach Cult

The issues with vac­ci­na­tions for Autistic chil­dren doesn’t end with the con­spiracy of big pharma and main­stream pedi­a­tri­cians lying for a profit. Oh no, it gets far more appalling for the chil­dren of these gaslighted par­ents.

The anti­vaxxer par­ents who believe their Autistic child was harmed by the toxins in the vac­cines have a spe­cial bio­med­ical health approach to ‘heal and recover’ them back to health. These treat­ments are really full-blown quackery prac­tices and prod­ucts that are rec­om­mended only by spe­cially trained doc­tors. These doc­tors were orig­i­nally known as DAN! doc­tors – DAN! stands for Defeat Autism Now.

Biomedical alter­na­tive ‘cures’ can include par­ents giving their chil­dren treat­ments to reduce their autism traits via chela­tion, hyper­baric oxygen chamber, ionic foot baths, Miracle Mineral Solution (aka indus­trial strength bleach), tur­pen­tine and more (even including pow­dered parrot head in some areas).

It was esti­mated that as of 2009, 75% of diag­nosed Autistic chil­dren had been sub­jected to bio­med­ical ther­a­pies.


Katie Wright on Oprah

One of the loudest, and most vicious, pro­po­nents of vaccine-injury over the years is Bob and Suzanne Wright’s daughter, Katie Wright. She is the mother of their grandson that launched their interest in Autism advo­cacy.

The Wright family had a fallout over the research direc­tion of Autism in 2007, and where dol­lars should be granted.

Autism Speaks pub­licly sep­a­rated ways from Katie Wright, famous for her activ­i­ties with the “Mercury Mafia,” and a promi­nent person in JB Handley and Jenny McCarthy‘s infa­mous charity: Generation Rescue.

Katie Wright fol­lowed the noto­rious Andrew Wakefield’s debunked theory on vac­cines, and even had him, and other DAN! doc­tors, treat her son. In a 2007 inter­view with David Kirby, Katie dis­cusses weekly chela­tion treat­ments and their sup­posed suc­cess in recov­ering her son from autism.

These pseu­do­science appli­ca­tions have been known to harm and kill Autistic chil­dren.

In the same inter­view, Katie spoke about the family fallout and the public sep­a­ra­tion from Autism Speaks:

“I’m here speaking as a parent. I’m not a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the orga­ni­za­tion (Autism Speaks), and I don’t have to answer to any­body.”

Katie Wright



While Autism Speaks pushed out Bob Wright’s daughter, it con­tinued to qui­etly fund research into envi­ron­mental causes of autism, including vac­cines. They also worked with others who shared the same theory.

This prompted Alison Singer, Executive Vice President of Autism Speaks and former NBC exec, to resign with an email to Bob and Suzanne Wright:

“I’ve con­cluded that as a matter of per­sonal con­science, I cannot vote in favor of ded­i­cating more funds to vac­cine research that has already been under­taken and which I and many others find con­clu­sive,” her mes­sage read. “I feel com­pelled to offer my res­ig­na­tion.”

Alison Singer

Alison Singer went on to create her own Autism charity, Autism Science Foundation.

From 2007 to 2011, Autism Speaks spent min­imum $2.5 mil­lion on research devoted to envi­ron­mental causes.

Katie Wright told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2009 that her father “believes there is a place for genetic research, but he real­izes the dire need to finance the envi­ron­mental research because that is what affects our chil­dren now.”


The fears over vac­cines started in 1998 when Andrew Wakefield pub­lished the pos­si­bility of a link between a novel form of bowel dis­ease, autism, and the MMR vac­cine in The Lancet.

Stated On Wikipedia:

At the time of his MMR research study, Wakefield was senior lec­turer and hon­orary con­sul­tant in exper­i­mental gas­troen­terology at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (from 2008, UCL Medical School).

He resigned in 2001,[37] by “mutual agree­ment and was made a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists”,[38] and moved to the US in 2001[39] (or 2004, by another account[38]).

He was report­edly asked to leave the Royal Free Hospital after refusing a request to val­i­date his 1998 Lancet paper with a con­trolled study.[21]


 

Wakefield’s con­flict of interest and bogus claims were exposed by reporter, Brian Deer.


Continued from Wikipedia:

Wakefield took up res­i­dence in the US, He lives in the US where he has a fol­lowing, including promi­nent celebrity anti-vaccinationist Jenny McCarthy,[42] who wrote the fore­word for Wakefield’s auto­bi­og­raphy, Callous Disregard.

She has a son with autism-like symp­toms that she is con­vinced were caused by the MMR vac­cine.[25][43] According to Brian Deer, as of 2011, he lives near Austin with his family


In 2010, Wakefield was found to be a liar and fraud by The British General Medical Council (GMC), and the The Lancet report was retracted. The UK banned him from prac­ticing med­i­cine. Wakefield is not licensed to prac­tice med­i­cine in the US.

The false­hood of Wakefield’s work didn’t deter his fan base. It only increased their shouts of Big Pharma and Conspiracy. In response to the uproar, JB Handley doubled-down while speaking to a reporter.

“To our com­mu­nity, Andrew Wakefield is Nelson Mandela and Jesus Christ rolled up into one.”

says J. B. Handley, co-founder of Generation Rescue


To make mat­ters worse, Autism Speaks valued its board mem­bers’ opin­ions over the facts pre­sented by their sci­en­tists.

 

John Elder Robison

In a recent article, John Elder Robison said, “One source of frus­tra­tion that caused sev­eral people to leave Autism Speaks was the fact that the sci­en­tists don’t actu­ally have the final say in what research is funded.”

 

“At the time, Mr. Wright and the organization’s exec­u­tive board had the final say, and some mem­bers of the exec­u­tive board have held anti-vax view­points, and some may hold such view­points today. I don’t know.”


Bob and Suzanne Wright’s wealth and power gave them open access to influ­ence world leaders and big busi­ness people, including Donald Trump, with their own opin­ions on the ‘autism epi­demic.’

In 2012, when a reporter asked Trump for his thoughts on the rising preva­lence of autism, Trump referred to the Wrights by name:

“Well, I’ve been very much involved in it over the years. I have some great friends, Bob and Suzanne Wright, who used to head up NBC, as you remember, and they’ve really devoted their life to autism.

“They’ve had a serious event take place in their family, and they’re fan­tastic people, and I’ve helped them over the years, and we’ve had fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago and other places, and I’ve gotten to be pretty familiar with the sub­ject.

“And, you know, I have a theory, and it’s a theory that some people believe in, and that’s the vac­ci­na­tions.”


Autism Speaks Is Not Just A Charity

Autism Speaks isn’t just a charity to help Autistic kids. It is one of the largest pri­vate backers of autism research in the United States.

To create the orga­ni­za­tion, Bob Wright did what he’s known for, mergers and acqui­si­tions, and merged the Autism Coalition for Research and Education (ACRE), the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN) into Autism Speaks.

With that merger, Autism Speaks became the world’s strongest voice and influ­ence in all mat­ters related to Autism and Autistic people. And they did this without including Autistic people, Autistic com­mu­nity, Autistic his­tory or Autistic cul­ture.



Incredible dona­tions were received to launch this project. Bernie Marcus (Home Depot) alone gave $25 mil­lion to the orga­ni­za­tion. Jon Sheestack, $10 mil­lion. That’s just the begin­ning of big money funding Autism Speaks advo­cacy.

Autism Speaks has yet to be truly trans­parent about their his­tory, activ­i­ties, or show real redemp­tion about the vac­cine tragedy hap­pening today. The orga­ni­za­tion has yet to take respon­si­bility of the mess they helped fund, much less actively help staunch the tragedy of out­breaks, ill­ness and death their ide­ology prompted.

[Sorry, Bob Wright double-speaking through gritted teeth on the Today Show in 2016, fol­lowed up the next month by Robert DeNiro and the pro­pa­ganda piece, “Vaxxed,” doesn’t count.]

Right now, the fight for vac­cines is by a few ded­i­cated doc­tors, researchers, sci­en­tists, health advo­cates and Autistic activists. That’s it.

There are even less activists fighting for the health and safety of Autistic chil­dren being treated with anti­vaxxers’ cures for vaccine-injury with harmful and poten­tially fatal quack ther­a­pies.


Autistic activists and allies have been fighting the harm of Autism Speaks ide­ology and mis­in­for­ma­tion since it launched.

Many have ded­i­cated their life’s work human and civil rights for Autistic people, and have bat­tled the big blue machine over bad stereo­types, false­hoods, and protested the eugenics push for ‘the cure.’

Many Autistics are fighting for the future of Autistic chil­dren born today. The goal is to pre­vent the harm caused by Autism Speaks’ monopoly on Autistic health­care, sup­port and ser­vices — as des­ig­nated by their founder and board mem­bers.

Autism Speaks has actively worked to silence, min­i­mize or dehu­manize Autistic activists over the years. Activists have been trying to halt the lies about the vaccine-autism link mis­in­for­ma­tion spread for as long as the theory has been pre­sented. Autistic adults, right now, are also fighting to halt the abuse with dan­gerous bio­med­ical treat­ments hap­pening to Autistic chil­dren, and vul­ner­able Autistic adults, today.

For Autistic chil­dren of Antivaxxers it’s brutal. The par­ents believe their chil­dren are ‘vaccine-injured’ and turn to bio­med­ical pseu­do­science treat­ments that have resulted in harm, ill­ness and death.

These par­ents are taught by char­la­tans that the signs of phys­ical and med­ical need are really signs the child is recov­ering from Autism. This pre­vents these par­ents from seeking actual med­ical treat­ment for their harmed chil­dren.

Kerri Rivera, once a Generation Rescue Angel, is infa­mous for her ped­dling of bleach, also known as Miracle Mineral Solution (mms). This treat­ment is applied in an enema to chil­dren to remove the “Autism par­a­sites” from vaccine-injured chil­dren. Other snake oil sales­people claim their prod­ucts reduce the toxic over­load of vac­cines in an Autistic child’s brain and ‘recover and heal’ them. Some par­ents go so far as to catch these ‘Autism Parasites’ in photos and then col­lect them in jars to dis­play like tro­phies.

What’s really hap­pening? The par­a­sites are actu­ally the stripped innards of an Autistic child being excreted. These are then pho­tographed and col­lected in jars and later shown to fellow par­a­site hunters.


Bleacher Hunters = Autistic Activists & Ally Activists

For many years, Autistic activists, and allies, have been on the front-line of the Autism Wars online bat­tling the secret groups cre­ated by anti­vaxxers ped­dling ‘cures.’ This group of anti­vaxxers uti­lizing quack theory and toxic cures has become known as the BleachCult. This is an ugly fight that often becomes dan­gerous for activists.

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Senator Richard Pan

The type of vicious­ness Autistic activists have often encoun­tered has now been doc­u­mented in news reports. Antivaxxers are tar­geting politi­cians, doc­tors, researchers, sci­en­tists and others to the point body guards are required. Targets have inclued Senator Richard Pan, Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Paul Offit.

Melissa Eaton

You can see the work of American Autistic activist, Amanda Seigler, and ally, Melissa Eaton, on a recent Dr. Oz episode and in many news arti­cles bat­tling the harm and reporting this type of abuse.

These activists work with world renowned Autistics Emma Dalmayne (UK) and Fiona O’Leary (IE), plus hun­dreds more who choose to remain anony­mous.

The Bleacher Hunters’ activism has been suc­cessful in get­ting the quack pro­pa­ganda banned from Amazon, Ebay and other mer­chan­dise sites. Also, their work has been suc­cessful in removing bleach ped­dlers from Facebook, YouTube, and many other social media plat­forms.

These activists are also respon­sible for prompting the FDA to release the warning on MMS again.

Facebook and other plat­forms have also responded with cre­ating com­mu­nity guide­lines to banish anti­vaxxer quackery, and cre­ated a spe­cial ‘report user’ cat­e­gory spe­cific to MMS.

None of the activists are paid for their work. Poverty is a chal­lenge for many of us.

Just last week, in an Ireland court, Fiona O’Leary won a vic­tory when an employee of the Church of Scientology was con­victed on crim­inal charges of harassing O’Leary. She pre­vailed against him without the sup­port of a lawyer, while the defen­dant had the sup­port of the Church of Scientology and its lawyers.



Autism Speaks cre­ated a monopoly on all mat­ters related to Autism and Autistic people, our health­care, and more.

The time is now to end the measles epi­demic.

Autism Speaks: the time is now to actively and aggres­sively tell the truth about vac­cines. Support a truthful science-backed cam­paign to combat the mis­in­for­ma­tion that has caused so many to become ill and die from pre­ventable ill­ness. Perhaps you can recruit a few of those celebrity friends to help out.

Autism Speaks: the time is now to say NO to harming Autistic chil­dren with mis­in­for­ma­tion and toxic cures.

The time is now to use your power to draft and steam­roll leg­is­la­tion to ban these cures in the United States.

The time is now to treat Autistics as a people, not a dis­ease. After all, we are the largest minority group on the planet.

Autism Speaks: the time is now to help clean up the mess you insti­gated.

These actions, while not absolving you of respon­si­bility for your treat­ment of Autistics in the past, would be an honest first step toward fos­tering good will in the Autistic com­mu­nity, and pro­moting actual inclu­sion, care, ser­vices and sup­port for Autistics. Put your money where your mouth is.

Autism Speaks: can you hear me? Where are you now?

Autistically,

Eve Reiland

Founder of InternationalBadassActivists.org

4 Comments

  1. Thank you for the badass overview. Just dx’ed 3 years ago at 63. Had no freaking clue of the com­plex his­tory behind the #AutismWars on social media. In par­tic­ular, the right-wing psy­chofas­cism of dark autism net­work. Thanks again.


  2. Hey. Don’t post Alison Singer as any­thing resem­bling a good source. Her ‘apology’ for talking about killing her­self and her child… wasn’t apolo­getic enough. It includes lots of lan­guage about how every parent of an autistic or dis­abled child thinks about murder-suicide, so it’s fine for her to have said that. I hope my mother and tons of NT mothers of autistic chil­dren aren’t lying when they say that isn’t some­thing they ever think, but even if they are, even if every NT parent thinks that, keep it your damn selves. Lie to your chil­dren. Be ashamed of ever thinking, even momen­tarily, that the best thing you can do for your child is kill them. Seek coun­seling and feel shame and dis­gust with your­self for con­sid­ering murder. Do not tell the world, do not pop­u­larize the issue, do not pass go, do not col­lect $200, do not cite Alison Singer as any­thing but a dis­grace.


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