Autism Speaks: Torturing autistics for profit

By Jessika Endsley

Imagine if hate groups, such as the KKK, began fund-raisers to help prevent the birth of blacks, Catholics, Jews, and homosexuals, by testing for the conditions prenatally and offering abortion. Imagine they wanted to introduce treatment options to make blacks, Catholics, Jews, and homosexuals easier to deal with on a daily basis - one of these treatments even being electroshock therapy. Their organization would collect money from families who had been destroyed by a member of one of these minorities. The families, victims of these every-present conditions, would share stories of wishing to kill their own black, Catholic, Jewish, or homosexual children, and they would do so publically. The KKK would quickly become filthy rich. The general public would receive these messages and sympathize with the pitiful families, sending money to help research further treatment of these awful afflictions. Sending the KKK a check would be one of the common ways to collect brownie-points with Karma; it would be a way to make looking in the mirror a little easier every day.

If you think that this is absurd, and that most of the public would never send money to an organization that is based on hate and the annihilation of the group, you are ignorant. This behavior is not confined the Nazi Germany of the past, and it is not confined to race, religion or sexual orientation. Each April, millions of families (some who have never even interacted with an Autistic person) wear blue and "spread awareness" about Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, buying products from and donating to an organization called Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is the first site to come up when you begin Google research on Autism. It is an organization that supports eugenics, which is made very clear on their website where it says "Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism." This basically means, "We collect money so we can learn what causes Autism, abort Autistic babies, and fix Autistic people to make them easy for Neurotypicals to deal with."

People on the Autistic Spectrum and people who claim to "love" someone on the Autistic Spectrum actually sending funds to Autism Speaks makes absolutely no sense. This is akin to homosexuals and GLBT supporters financing "straight camps." It is a way for an Autist to say "I hate myself" and for their family to reinforce the thought by saying "I wish you had never been born, and with my financial assistance, maybe no one else will have to give birth to someone like you." There isn't really a way to sugar-coat and warp this into a healthy form of support for those with Autism. Although this does happen too often, unfortunately, Autism Speaks likes to prey on the willful ignorance of the masses. No one does their research before they get on the bandwagon. People with Autism and Asperger's can be lonely, and the parents of children on the Spectrum want to connect to others through their similar experiences. The name Autism Speaks sounds like a support group, does it not? And it's never hard to take advantage of desperate do-gooders. Everyone should be feeling insulted - not just those of us on the Spectrum. But it isn't as though Autism Speaks hides what they want to do. A quick look at their site tells the world what Autism Speaks intends to do. If you cannot figure out that "prevention" is another word for "abortion" and you are spending your hard-learned, pro-life, Republican charity money to fund abortion, you have a serious issue. Some members of the board have been horrified with various postings and left their own organization; there should not even be a debate about whether or not this organization is corrupt. Look at where they spend their money.


Autism Eugenics

It has been reported that about 44% of the funds that Autism Speaks receives is put towards research in to the cause and prevention of Autism. The grand idea is that it is extremely urgent to create a prenatal test to determine whether or not a fetus has Autism, much like prenatal testing for Downs Syndrome. This is done to increase the likelihood of aborting Autistic babies. Autism speaks wants to make the entire world resemble their board by eliminating Autistic people. What would be more convenient for those families who are "struck by the tragedy of Autism" than disallowing the existence of an Autistic child in the first place? Many people who blindly show support for Autism Speaks are unaware that in saying "yes" to Autism Speaks, they are funding an abortion-heavy future. For adults on the Autistic Spectrum, the idea that most of the money being raised for our condition is to destroy us before we make it into the world is relatively disturbing. I am not inheritably against abortion, but that doesn't mean that systematically annihilating people with Autism is going to go well. Systematically annihilating a group of people based on what another group deems "undesirable" is the very definition of the word "genocide."

Autism Speaks has routinely called the amount of Autistic children in the United States a "crisis" and go on to pity the parents because they "wake to the sound of their son or daughter bounding through the house. That is - if they aren't already awake." How awful it must be to have a healthy, energetic child. We wouldn't want that ruining your good night's rest - after all, Neurotypical children are a breeze, right? In the same paragraph, they say that parents of Autistic children have to sleep "with one ear toward their child's room - always waiting." Apparently, only Autistic children get into things, hurt themselves, raid the refrigerator, and strip their clothes off. The paragraph goes on to say that families touched by Autism "aren't living." Not only do they promote destroying Autistic children before they're born, they can't even recognize the difference between difficult Autistic behavior and regular childhood behavior. They call those of us on the Spectrum "missing" and "gravely ill." What the people of Autism Speaks are crying about is that they are parents and they are lazy; Autism is their scapegoat. If they want to prevent children from bounding around and making a mess, stressing out their parents, why do they not try and abort all of them?

Being on the Autistic Spectrum is difficult and it does present challenges because we are forced, on a daily basis, to adapt to a loud, bright, illogical world that is not the least bit user-friendly. Dealing with social interaction is difficult. The parents of Autistic children are tired, and they do have to adapt to a child who may communicate with the world in very different ways. But those children grow up. Many of us take care of ourselves; we change our own clothes, cross the street all by ourselves, and even become financially independent or renowned for our talents and skills. Eugenics is the practice of improving the genetic quality of the human population, but the human population is much better off for Autistic people. If aborting Autistic fetuses had been widespread in the past, many things we use on a daily basis and ideas in science we have come to accept would not exist. If an organization made its primary goal to prevent a future of Einstein's, Mozart's, and Newton's from existing, would you still donate? If you support Autism Speaks, that's what you're doing.

Autism Speaks unqualified on Autism

Autism Speaks is not run by people on the Autistic Spectrum. Their organization has the distinction of being the only large non-profit medical organization that is constantly met with public resistance from the group of people they claim to represent. The sole Autistic member resigned due to the inflammatory remarks about Autism by the superiors in the organization. John Elder Robison said in his public resignation, "Autism Speaks says it's the advocacy group for people with autism and their families. It's not, despite having had many chances to become that voice. Autism Speaks is the only major medical or mental health nonprofit whose legitimacy is constantly challenged by a large percentage of the people affected by the condition they target." If this statement is coming from someone who worked with the organization and left because the organization treats Autism as if it were a stalker lurking in the shadows, what does that say about the organization as a whole? The disability rights movements' slogan is "Nothing About Us, Without Us." Why does an organization that clearly views Autism as a horrific disability refuse to have an Autistic presence among their superiors?

Only 3% of the overall earnings from Autism Speaks actually go to "family services." The same organization that put out the video "Autism Every Day"- in which a board member speaks about her desire to murder her Autistic daughter - does not actually do much to benefit the families that their existence is supposedly based around. "Autism Every Day" follows the lives of mothers of Autistic children. The video highlights the difficulties that Autism raises for parents, while completely ignoring the positive aspects and the lives of adult Autistic people. Several days after the video was released, a mother murdered her own Autistic daughter. While real Autistic adults are trying to be heard and do things to benefit the Autistic community, they are being drowned out by Autism Speaks while they promote the normalization of wanting to murder your child. This is what happens when we aren't allowed to speak for ourselves, and the reason why Autism Speaks chose the wrong name. Would you trust an all-male board to have the best understanding and motives to successfully run an organization for women's interest? No; not because no man wants women to be treated well, but because no man understands what women need as well as women do. While the Autistic community welcomes Neurotypical support and partnership, we deserve to have a presence and a say in what happens to us and to our future.

Autism "treatment" = torture

Autism Speaks features the Judge Rotenberg Center as an actual resource for Autistic people. The Judge Rotenberg Center uses torture as a method for treating (controlling) disabled children. From the beginning, the JRC has used slapping, forced inhalation of ammonia, severe pinching, food/sleep deprivation, and long-term isolation as primary methods of "rehabilitating" their students. The JRC relocated after one of the students died from the inhumane treatment, and Mathew Israel (founder) decided to incorporate electroshock therapy into his practices. This required the operation to relocate again once more.

An original device, known as graduated electronic decelerator, is used to shock the students at the JRC. Electrodes are attached to various areas of the body, and staff can press a button at any time that sends a shock to the patient that is much stronger than that of a police taser. "Unwanted behavior" can range from getting up without permission, to stimming, to the staff just being in a bad mood and pressing the button to shut a student up. It is known that at least six students have died as a result of this "treatment." A video of this is available online, and included in the warnings are "epilepsy" and "torture." It is quite sickening to see. The JRC is the only facility in the United States to use electroshock on disabled patients; there would be mayhem from the public if this practice were used on prisoners, and yet Autism Speaks doesn't only condone it, they recommend it! As long as the JRC is listed as a "service provider" by Autism Speaks, they are promoting abuse and torture to go right along with their preference for murder. Survivors of the abuse at the Judge Rotenberg Center take away mental and physical scars, such as bruises and permanent loss of sensation in limbs, not to mention the fact that the electrode devices can sometimes go off all on their own.

The offensive Puzzle Piece

The puzzle piece has become a symbol that represents the Autistic community due to Autism Speaks. The puzzle piece is used to spread Autism Awareness (not Acceptance) and has been interpreted to represent that Autism is a puzzle that needs to be solved. Alternatively, it is thought to represent the puzzle piece that people with Autism may be "missing." The first option is somewhat offensive to someone on the Spectrum, considering we spend so much time trying to put together the Neurotypical puzzle. We're distorted mysteries to be dissected and solved? Outside of pure science, no. The idea, however, that we are "missing" something is ridiculous and abhorrent. We are not missing anything. If anything, we are not missing enough to function normally in a society where people do not use logic and cannot see a corrupt organization right in front of their dazed faces. I cringe when Aspie friends show me their "pride" tattoos that include a puzzle piece.


Autism Speaks uses the puzzle piece and the phrase "Piece by Piece" as part of their fundraising agenda. Of course, barely any of that goes to help Autistic people in any way. The puzzle piece, along with the horrific blue light bulbs, are sold and marketed as symbols of Autism and as a way to show your support for the Autistic community. Yet again, Autism Speaks has muted Autism by capitalizing on the innate human desire for connection through shared experience as well as the desire to be a part of something larger than any one individual. The money doesn't go to replacing fluorescent lighting in classrooms for Autistic children, it doesn't go to funding hug-machines or heavy blankets for low-income households of Autistic children, and it certainly does not go to any adults on the Autistic Spectrum.

Alternatives to Autism Speaks

Autistic children and their families as well as adults with Autism and Asperger's do need support and acceptance, but we don't need (or receive) any help from Autism Speaks. Yes, Autism Speaks is the largest and most lucrative of the organizations that claim to represent the Autistic community. But they do not really help us. They are openly seeking to destroy the Autistic community systematically while also making an effort to keep us from being heard. Don't take my word for it: Read their site, look at their tax documentation and decide for yourself. Only a few of many very concerning issues regarding Autism Speaks are touched on here. But the sooner you begin supporting real Autism Advocacy, the better.

Luckily, there are organizations that do benefit people on the Autistic Spectrum. One of the best is the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. There are also plenty of options for self-education; if your child is Autistic, learning about Autism from people who actually have it will improve your relationship with your child monumentally. Donate lighting alternatives and materials for "sensory safe areas" to schools with Autistic children. Even reading the forums online for adults with Autism and Asperger's will give insight into the world of Autists, and if you've been brainwashed by Autism Speaks, they can help you see that people with Autism do grow to be adults, we do have emotions, and do contribute to society.

Scientific research into psychology, neurology, and neurodiversity is great. It's important because understanding and exploring the world is important to being human and the advancement of all aspects of society. Scientific research requires a large degree of objectivity, which is not something that is present in an organization that thrives on appealing to the emotions of anyone, much less uneducated masses. Donate to a research institute that doesn't have an agenda; Autism Speaks certainly does, and that is to end the existence of a harmless group of human beings.

Autism Speaks financial figures for 2012

36% Salaries, benefits, payroll taxes: $22,861,019
?25% Science grants/awards: $15,790,797
5% Travel, meals, lodging, entertainment, catering: $3,034,109
4% Advertising & Marketing: $2,827,316
3% Family Services grants & awards: $2,048,552

Percentages are based on the total reported expenditures of $64,127,886

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1.  KAIJU NO CHAINSAW    Saturday, September 13, 2014

well stated.

2.  John Doe    Monday, October 26, 2015

You made the mistake of comparing autism to sexual orientation, race, and religion. These things are not a disability like autism is. Autism Speaks is trying to cure and prevent autism. That is a good thing. No family should have to bear the burden of an autistic child. I'm not talking about the children that have some
social trouble. I'm talking about the children who have no social abilities, are mentally retarded, land can never contribute to society. Those children should be euthanized or aborted if possible. They are resource consuming and waste producing liabilities that have no place in any society. There are more than enough people in the world already.

3.  Ganondox    Friday, October 30, 2015

You made the mistake of thinking you know what you are talking about. Homosexuality was classified the same way as autism was in the past, only reason it changed was because of advocacy. You are a horrible person.

4.  Aspie-Autistic 1957    Thursday, December 3, 2015

Obvoiusly autism and homosexuality are different, but just as obvoius the person after person who keep on reminding us of this never was a homosexual in the 1950's or even later. Active mainstream scientific efforts to make homosexuals straight or to repress the homosexual tendencies then, active scientific mainstream efforts make autistics non autistic or as non autistic as possible now. Panics about homosexual subduction then, autistic spree shooters now. Widespread bullying of "queers" then "spergs" now. For your safety and future and current employment it was wise to hide your homosexuality then and dispite laws your autism now. The claim is repeatedly made that it is easier to hide homosexuality then autism. There are autistiics that can and do hide thier autism effectively. There are homosexuals who are too effeminate or butch to hide who they are. Trying to hide who constantly who you are for whatever reason in whatever era or no matter how good you are at it, is exhausting at best and likiely to cause or greatly worsen a number of mental health issues.

I am a disgnosed autistic straight person now and was and undiagnosed autistic straight person back in the '60's and 70's. I was bullied because I was different and thus assumed to be homosexual.

5.  Sandra Brown    Friday, March 25, 2016

Are you kidding me JOHN DOE? You have the nerve to post however under a fake name... Let me tell you something GOD has plans for all who are on this earth and for you to say they are a waste and have no place in society. YOU can't be more wrong. I can tell you who is a waste to society YOU ARE and people like you..People like you sicken me!!!!

6.  Sarah Vaughter    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How will you decide which people to abort? Since Asperger's has been merged into Autism, in your world there would not be an Elon Musk or a Sia Furler. Before you start your genocide project, go advocate for a more detailed, accurate diagnosis.

7.  Bunni    Thursday, April 21, 2016

You made the mistake of saying that autistic children are burdens and making the assumption that they don't have the right to a life. Two of my brothers have autism and my oldest was diagnosed at two, we were told he was going to be nonverbal and that he wasn't going to ever function like a normal person. My parents didn't let that stop them and now he is high functioning through the love and hard work. He drives a car. He has a job and pays taxes. He is saving up and going to move out on his own in six months. He is a fully functional member of society and needs minimal intervention from his family. My younger brother only has organizational and social issues. He also has a job and is going to college. I can't believe that a fellow human being would spread such poison. Growing up with autistic brother may have been difficult, but I have never had so much love in my life and I can't imagine my life without them.

8.  John Doe    Thursday, April 21, 2016

Of course people who contribute to society should be allowed to live, such as your brothers. It's the ones that don't that should be slaughtered. As for who decides who lives and dies, I am certainly not qualified. No one is. An algorithm combined with a weighted decision matrix is though. Honestly there are a lot of people that don't deserve to live. Basically anyone that isn't intelligent, socially able, or mostly healthy should be dead. Someone must fit into at least one of those 3 categories in order to be allowed to live. Yes, we're talking about eugenics, but it isn't that bad if you take out the racism. No I'm not a Nazi.

9.  John Doe    Thursday, April 21, 2016

I hate to be the one who breaks it to you, but God is Santa claus for adults. You need stop lying to yourself.
No, not all atheists are as amoral as I am. I believe morals are an illusion that holds our species back, but not all of atheists do.
Also if you reply to someone you should have a logical response not an emotional one. Supress your animalistic urges and see beyond your petty existence.

10.  John Doe    Thursday, April 21, 2016

Oh of course. There will be extensive algorithms and weighted decision matrices.

11.  John Doe    Thursday, April 21, 2016

Have you ever stopped to ponder your unfathomable stupidity? Oh wait, I forgot. Stupid people don't know that they're stupid. Did you not read what I wrote? Homosexuality is different than autism. Regardless of how it is classified, autism (at least severe autism) is a developmental disorder. Homosexuality isn't, although it could be classified as such. Honestly homosexuality is a medical condition, but it's much simpler to allow people to be gay than to treat the brain.

12.  Sarah Vaughter    Monday, April 25, 2016

Phew, you got me worried for a while there. I'm glad some code monkey, commissioned by some political party will take care of deciding who will be allowed to live and who won't. We all know that psychologists, computer programmers and politicians don't make mistakes. Of course if they do make a mistake and get rid of future generations' inventors, oh well - another society will take over from your Utopia.

13.  Dirk    Friday, May 6, 2016

lol you're a homophobe

14.  Dirk    Friday, May 6, 2016

since you're too stupid to know that eugenics is bad and since the obvious lack of empathy would be considered detrimental to society you would be killed dumbass

15.  John Doe    Friday, May 6, 2016

That's funny. I don't hate gay people nor am I afraid of them. I simply recognize the fact that they have an abnormal mental state. It's harmless and it's hard to treat so we don't do anything about it. Don't give me the "that's just the way people are" bullshit. It's one thing to be different, but another to be abnormal. For example, black people are visually different, by obviously it's an adaptation to the environment that is common around the world. However homosexuality, while not wrong, is an abnormality. It's relatively rare and provides 0 advantage. As long as homosexual people have something to offer, they won't be killed off in the genocide.

Like I said before though, autistic people that are a detriment to society should be killed. Unless they are a savant or can function reasonably, then they will be killed just like the other people that don't have anything to offer.

16.  Dirk    Friday, May 6, 2016

imagine being so fucking dumb that you don't know the definition of a mental disorder

17.  Dirk    Friday, May 6, 2016

also go back to 4chan

18.  John Doe    Friday, May 6, 2016

That's called ad hominem. It's a basic fallacy that you should have learned in middle school where you attack the person instead of the argument. Instead you should present your definition of a mental disorder and 1. How it contradicts the definition I apparently layed out and 2. Why it's better than my definition.

19.  John Doe    Friday, May 6, 2016

I have no interest in 4chan. Minus the child porn, it's a very good site that allows people to vent anonymously. Like anything, it's only good when used for a good purpose. Kind of like TOR and weed

20.  John Doe    Friday, May 6, 2016

Yet more ad hominem

21.  Peter Crowley    Thursday, September 22, 2016

As someone who is on the autistic spectrum, I'm quite horrified to find this out. It also irks me to see the word "autist" thrown about as if it were not a slur! Needless to say, I'm going to take time to consider resigning my moral support from the group "autism speaks", and have taken considerable consideration to having those with autism identified as "Homo superior", as autism is in fact an evolution of the human brain. God bless you for the heads up!

22.  Matthew Keiper    Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hey I'm doing this with extreme anonymity but I'm just saying "John" your plan is going to fail, though unfortunately it might just work a bit before you are killed, if WWII has told us anything it's that genocidal maniacs like you fail with your "good intentions for humanity" let me tell ys something the road to hell is paved with good intentions mr.Doh, and I think I'm speaking for most of the autistic community here, just because we are not "normal" does not mean we are not human and mr.doh if you are joking it ain't funny, and if you are serious, well enjoy death to your own creation mr.Doh.

23.  River    Sunday, April 1, 2018

John Doe, you do realize that if your hypothetical genocide comes to fruition, it will probably backfire on you as well? I'm no psychologist, but I think advocating for the extermination of fellow human beings and feeling no sympathy whatsoever requires a good bit of psychopathy, which, by your definition, is a mental illness and "must be eliminated"

24.  Jeff    Monday, April 2, 2018

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They're rated just north of "piss poor". And who knew you'd find a psycho-misanthrope even here?

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