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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Telling My Son About His Diagnosis

Posted: 18 May 2015, 12:42 pm 

Replies: 28
Views: 1,403


Here's a really good guide to having the talk. http://realsocialskills.org/post/117695 ... talk-about

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Bill prohibiting organ discrimination is now law in Maryland

Posted: 16 May 2015, 2:13 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 560


I don't think anyone has the right to judge someone else's quality of life.

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Autism Speaks Rating

 Post subject: Re: Autism Speaks Rating
Posted: 13 May 2015, 10:03 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 741


CharityGoodyGrace wrote:
Are there any charity-rating sites you know about that have Autism Speaks on them, or that we can add Autism Speaks to, and give it all bad ratings there?


Better Business Bureau, GuideStar, Charity Navigator, Philanthropedia

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: New Job Initiative from Autism Speaks

Posted: 13 May 2015, 3:28 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,107


Take a look at California-the most populous state: 2 positions available, both Autism Speaks Exec Directors (1 in LA, 1 in NorCal). Fat chance they'll actually hire an autistic person for that. There are currently very few jobs listed. In the 10 most populous states, there are a total of 13 jobs lis...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Chicago-area folks: Protest AutismOne bleach proponent

Posted: 12 May 2015, 7:19 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 328


AutismOne, an autism quackery conference, will be held at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel. Kerri Rivera, a proponent of using a bleach-like solution orally and rectally to "cure" autism, will speak on May 23 and there is a protest being organized. This is a great opportunity for any autisti...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Autism Speaks Rating

 Post subject: Re: Autism Speaks Rating
Posted: 12 May 2015, 3:51 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 741


A$ does some good things, but that doesn't make up for all the harm they cause.

That they felt the need to remove their review section is the highlight of my day, probably my week even.

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: New Job Initiative from Autism Speaks

Posted: 12 May 2015, 3:46 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,107


This is a good initiative. I will say S$ does a few good things, but not enough to get me to start patronizing their sponsors.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is your racial background?

Posted: 09 May 2015, 5:16 pm 

Replies: 36
Views: 1,701


human race

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Autism, Religion and God

Posted: 09 May 2015, 4:27 pm 

Replies: 61
Views: 2,934


Why would this particular issue be any different for autistic vs. neurotypical kids?

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Special Ed Teacher Arrested

Posted: 09 May 2015, 4:26 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 887


I think the power imbalance here is a big factor. If this was an issue of two complete strangers, I would probably agree 5-20 years is excessive. The abuse of power is was made this so bad.

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Special Ed Teacher Arrested

Posted: 08 May 2015, 9:03 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 887


She should at least get a few years in prison. A fine, probation, and public apology would be way too light. Abuse is so easy to get away with that when someone is convicted, we need to show unambiguously that we as a society do not tolerate it.

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: hate speech against autistics on the internet?

Posted: 08 May 2015, 9:00 pm 

Replies: 46
Views: 6,395


I don't agree that Alex has sold out to Autism Speaks. For a time, he, along with John Elder and Jack Robison tried to change attitudes from within. This included taking their money for his Autism Talk TV. That money might've otherwise been spent on more hateful rhetoric, cure research, abusive ther...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: "So I just need to accept I have an autistic son" :(

Posted: 07 May 2015, 5:03 pm 

Replies: 36
Views: 2,023


It's a very real possibility that he will always be non-verbal. There's nothing wrong with hoping that he becomes verbal, but you and your wife should teach him PECS and/or other AAC so he at least has some means of communication.

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Bob Wright resigns as Chairmen of Autism Speaks!! !! !

Posted: 06 May 2015, 12:42 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 1,029


The Friday part is suspocious. Friday is the day for announcing things you don't want widespread but also don't want to look like your sweeping it under the rug. Was it evening on Friday?

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: ASAN (Autism Self-Advocacy Network)

Posted: 05 May 2015, 4:53 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 577


I'm a member of ASAN. As far as having an NT in a leadership role of a local autism advocacy group, I don't really have a problem, as long as autistic people are in the majority of the decision-making body. That said, it would by definition not be a self-advocacy group and I'm not sure you could bec...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Bob Wright resigns as Chairmen of Autism Speaks!! !! !

Posted: 05 May 2015, 4:46 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 1,029


I see no reason to believe this is about a change in philosophy for them or a PR move. Sure, some resignations are done for PR reasons, but I see no reason to believe this is one of them.
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