Todd W. over at Harpocrates Speaks discussed a recent video from Autism Speaks: Sounding the Alarm. Todd’s article, Autism Speaks Sounds Fear notes how the Autism Speaks film uses the old “autism tsunami” rhetoric.
Why do we have to discuss how this is a bad idea?
Let’s leave behind the whole “substitute for calling autism an epidemic” thing. What’s a tsunami? It’s a mindless thing. A terrible event. It wreaks havoc on people.
I would invite Autism Speaks to explore the concept of “othering“.
“There is a tsunami coming. An estimated half a million children with autism will become adults in the next eight or so years.”
Fear. Fear autistics. They are coming to ruin our lives.
Please stop it.
By Matt Carey