Nothing causes me to be angry more than injustice. This can take many forms, and I do my best to fight against it as I am able.
This time, it’s personal. This time, Autism Speaks is attempting to erase us from our own story. Of course, this is nothing new for Autism Speaks, because admitting that autistic people can effect change is completely against everything they try to do.
If Autism Speaks admits that autistic people can do things, you know, not just those “high functioning Aspies”, well that would just destroy the message of tragedy they’re trying to send.
As many of you know, I, along with numerous fellow Autistic people, were upset and troubled by the autofill results that appeared when typing “autistic people should” and “autistic people are”. As such, we participated in two flash blog events, filling in the blanks for ourselves with regard to “autistic people should” and “autistic people are”. As a result, Google took notice. And thishappened.
Fantastic! This is a huge victory! Wellll….yes. But then Autism Speaks reported on their blog, Twitter, and Facebook, giving all credit to Google and erasing the explanation that Autistics had anything to do with it. Have some evidence here, and at that link you can also see the push back by Autistic people (including myself) and our allies.
So far, no apology. A bit of explaining that they didn’t erase anyone, and that they simply reported, didn’t take credit. To that, I say “bull”. I will not be erased from something that I was a part of. I will not allow my (far more vocal) Autistic peers to be erased either.
This is an AUTISTIC victory. It wasn’t parents, professionals, or even allies (as helpful as they were in signal boosting our posts). It was us, the Autistic folks. Do not let us be erased. Do not let Autism Speaks erase us. I demand an apology and a retraction. I’m not letting up.