Autism Speaks media campaign…I am autism

23 Sep

Shades of the disasterous NYU Ransom notes campaign:

They make autism into a being with a voice who says:

“…and with every voice I take away, I acquire yet another language”

“…and if you are happily married, I will make sure that your marriage fails”

“…your money will fall into my hands and I will bankrupt you for my own self gain”

“…I will make it virtually impossible for your family to attend a temple, birthday party, a public park without a struggle, without embarrassment, without pain”

Not convinced it is like the ransom notes campaign?

“…I will plot to rob you of your children and your dreams.”

The rest of video is scripted from the perspective of parents, family, friends….pretty much everyone except for autistics, with phrases like:

“When you came for my child you forgot. You came for me.”

I am totally speechless aside from one word for Autism Speaks: why?

edited to add: here is the Autism Speaks announcement.

64 Responses to “Autism Speaks media campaign…I am autism”

  1. Lori October 4, 2009 at 00:31 #

    For you now to insult my son,is just sooo low. I liked the video. I LOVE my son. Stop now. I haven’t looked at this site in days. You all win!!! Move on.

  2. staci October 26, 2009 at 09:56 #

    You guys really disgust me.
    I found this site by chance while doing a project for school on Autism because of a severely autistic boy that I went to highschool with. He was very misunderstood by many in my school who would shout random shit like “X-box!” at him and laughed as he would become distraught and flap his arms and shout.

    But while Phillip had so many against him, he had that many with him. Phillip was my friend and I made it my goal in school not only to stick up for him when he was picked on, but to teach those ignorant brats why Phillip was the way he was and why love and acceptance (or at the very least tolerance)is the best way to comprehend something hard to get.

    Adults, grown people, who, I think(?) lord willing are in full mental wellness, bickering.

    You are poorly representing yourselves and your children. Whether you take the “highroad” (sullivan) or maybe not so much (lori), you guys are being very insulting to each other and I’m sure hurting each others feelings. You are grown people and you know when a ‘friendly debate’ has gone too far. Enough.

    I also think that you should keep in mind that however divided you may be in your opinions, all of you are a part of a greater community whether you like it or not. Somehow you have been affected by autism. And that has made you a stronger person one way or another. So please, treat each other with the same respect and caring that you expect others to treat your children with.

    • Sullivan October 26, 2009 at 18:16 #


      I can disagree, even disagree strongly, and remain respectful. I believe I have done so in this blog post. If you would like to point out where my post is disrespectful, we can discuss that. If, instead, you have made a hit-and-run comment to put forth your own unsupported assertion then it is is you who is being disrespectful.

      You use the metric that we should treat each other with the same respect that we treat our children. Is “you really disgust me” a phrase that you would endorse using on children? If not, your own comment would seem rather, say, contradictory?

  3. NightStorm October 26, 2009 at 14:58 #

    Hey Staci, “Lurkmoar”

  4. Patrick October 26, 2009 at 16:52 #

    There are plenty more heated discussions going on many other blogs too. Sometimes I feel they get way too personal, dealing with peoples’ perceived flaws or omissions of details, instead of keeping focused on the problem at hand, coming up with ways to deal with needs, and supports in a respectful and respectable manner. My opinion and ideas have changed as a result of seeing some good comments and ideas from the LBRB and hub posters/commenters.

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