Light it Up Blue! Autism stuff

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megiem
Wrote 10 months ago
@arabicacup Okay :)

arabicacup
Wrote 10 months ago
@those-interrupted Thank you for sharing this information! There are groups that I used to 'follow' such as Komen but no longer do because of similar reasons such as funding and politics.

megiem
Wrote 10 months ago
@catzmeow @formedbyfire @arabicacup @jlgoodman
 
Thank you! :)

megiem
Wrote 10 months ago
@those-interrupted
Thank you I will take I look into that! and for now I will remove your set! :)

jlgoodman
Wrote 10 months ago
Thank you for the add! What a beautiful collection, and wonderful for raising awareness.

catzmeow
Wrote 10 months ago
Thank you for including some of my sets! I host an Autism Ball every April! To raise polyvore awareness I hope you'll join us next year!

formedbyfire
Wrote 10 months ago
Thanks for including my sets. Awesome collection for spreading autism awareness.

arabicacup
Wrote 10 months ago
Great collection, thanks!

those-interrupted
Wrote 10 months ago
Hi,
 
I'd actually prefer not to have my set in this collection because as someone with autism, I do NOT support Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks does not respect autistic individuals at all, and they have shown this many times over.
 
Many of Autism Speaks's adverts sound like scare-them-straight ads that make autistic children sound like tragedies, that make it sound as if our parents will struggle so much to raise us that their marriage will collapse (using falsified divorce statistics at that!), and that our autism has "stolen" the real us (mirroring older claims about changelings; unsurprisingly, both get us killed when people try increasingly insane and harmful tactics to "cure" us). One of their adverts revolved around a mother talking about how she would have driven off of a bridge with her autistic daughter if not for her allistic daughter waiting for her at home.
 
Autism Speaks claims to be an Autism charity, but it hardly supports anyone with Autism (using only 4% of its funds for autistic people and our families). Instead, much of its funding goes towards research on "eliminating" Autism through eugenics. Not a single Autistic member resides on its board (John Elder Robinson was on their board but resigned; see his reasons for doing so here http://jerobison.blogspot.com/2013/11/i-resign-my-roles-at-autism-speaks.html ), and Autism Speaks ignores Autistic adults in favor of concentrating on the families living with Autistic children. Complaints from the actual Autism community have yielded no changes.
 
I understand that you have autism as well, so I'd strongly recommend that you look into why the autism community in general opposes Autism Speaks. Some links regarding the issue can be found below. For alternatives to Autism Speaks, I would suggesting supporting the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the Autism Women's Network, or other similar organizations.
 
If you read no other links about Autism Speaks, please read this message by ASAN and other disability community organizations: http://autisticadvocacy.org/2014/01/2013-joint-letter-to-the-sponsors-of-autism-speaks/
 
https://thecaffeinatedautistic.wordpress.com/new-autism-speaks-masterpost-updated-62014/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2013/11/13/why-autism-speaks-doesnt-speak-for-me/
http://tigerbeatdown.com/2012/04/09/autism-speaks-but-you-dont-have-to-listen/
http://www.examiner.com/article/why-autistic-people-don-t-like-autism-speaks
http://www.autistichoya.com/2012/07/georgetown-say-no-to-autism-speaks.html
 
Thank you,
-Katherine

megiem
Wrote 10 months ago
@ragnhild-bergan @k-schrager @chileez @babygurl7191 @barebear1965 @runners @gabriele-bernhard
 
Your are so welcome!! I loved all of your sets! They really show a lot of compassion and really spoke to me! :)
 
-Megan

ragnhild-bergan
Wrote 10 months ago
Thank you!

k-schrager
Wrote 10 months ago
Thanks for including my sets!! :)

chileez
Wrote 10 months ago
Thanks for adding my set

barebear1965
Wrote 10 months ago
Beautiful collection.....Thank you Hugs Karla

babygurl7191
Wrote 10 months ago
Thanks 4 adding my sets

runners
Wrote 10 months ago
thank you for choosing my set to add to your collection. :)

gabriele-bernhard
Wrote 10 months ago
Awesome Creations and Collection Dear and Thanks for adding my Set.

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