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Defining autism through scenarios and my exeperience by David Snape 

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Hello everyone, you may have noticed this is my first article for a very long time. I have mostly been advertising other peoples post on the site and it has been an absolutely wonderful experience to share other people’s talents every day and finding them new followers along the way. Today, I want to talk more openly about autism, using my experience and how I tried to help others along the way.

Yesterday, I can across two very different messages, I won’t mention them names on here but I will describe each one and how I answered them at the time.

The first was a scenario. We have a male and a young boy, both with autism, one is a fully grown adult in his 30’s and has a girlfriend. The young boy has just turned 10 at the time. The adult has described the young boy as his ‘twin…

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Autism Affected by UBER London License | The Aspie World – YouTube

This is a video on the reasons why the cancellation of Uber’s licence in London will have a massive affect on people with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. Hey thanks for watching my video more stuff below, 😁👇🏼 .

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Hollywood Autism: It Is Definitely Wrong

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I have noticed that there are many stereotypes associated with autism, and I intend to knock every one of them down every single hour of my life if I have to. I have a list of these stereotypes, along with a response on each one of them.  These stereotypes are often applied to characters who are not canonically autistic (like Sherlock Holmes 2010 and Sheldon Cooper), so they get the diagnosis, too.

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Here are several stereotypes: 

Stereotype: Autism is a White Person’s Disease 

Almost every portrayal of autism is marred by the fact that it absolutely HAS to be portrayed by the people in power. As a result, most of them are white. This might lead most people to believe that autism is simply a consequence of something in white civilization. As a matter of fact, the only non-white portrayal of autism I knew of until I…

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ASAN Condemns Senate Budget Vote

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ASAN condemns the passage of the Senate budget resolution, which would cut $5 trillion dollars over the next decade from Medicaid, Social Security, and other essential services that allow people with disabilities to live healthy and productive lives in our communities.

Less than one month after the disability community defeated the latest attempt to destroy Medicaid, Congress is at it again. Despite fervent promises to the country, the bill bears a striking resemblance to the widely disavowed White House budget proposal, and replicates the same critical flaws. This partisan attack on our community is being rammed through to pay for a massive tax cut on the wealthiest Americans, at the cost of the lives and liberty of people with disabilities. Real tax reform should benefit all citizens, and cannot not be done by cutting basic programs that support people with disabilities in the community.

While the deepest cuts are hidden behind vague instructions that will lead to unspecified sequestration and severe cuts, we aren’t fooled. The disability community cannot afford this budget. ASAN urges Congress to stop this devastating bill before it can cause real harm and start over with a bipartisan bill that protects basic programs and the lives and well-being of disabled Americans. Our lives are worth more than this.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community run by and for autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to educate communities, support self-advocacy in all its forms, and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN’s members and supporters include autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators, and friends.

#ActuallyAutistic Adults | Are We Being Silenced by a Community Business Organization for Profit?

Why are #ActuallyAutistic adults so successfully diminished and minimized by Autism Speaks?

This non-profit organization for Autistics is so powerful our they’ve trampled our #ActuallyAutistics voices and Civil Rights for over a decade now. The rottenness of this community business organization is common knowledge in the Autistic community, and yet it relays like a science-fiction plot to the general neurotypical world.

Why Does Autism Speaks have a Shit-Ton of Money and Power?

Autism Speaks reported a 10 million dollar year-over-year loss in donations for 2016, an 18% reduction. Yup, that’s a helluva lot of money and yet, only 18% loss. Still a shit-ton of money there folks. The loss was reported to changes in the business organization’s MSSNG research program, and a dip in funds raised at the Autism Walks.

And Again . . . no media mention of the #REDinstead campaign and #ActuallyAutistics. You know the folks protesting the fundraising walks and creating awareness of the Autistic Civil Rights Movement? No questions from mainstream media reporters on how the #ActuallyAutistic community feels about the change or the impact felt.

Finally A$ does something to modify their mission — albeit lip service — and #ActuallyAutistic advocates and their impact are still NOT included in the stories.

Of course, A$ never addressed the negative culture, community bashing and hellacious stigma they prompted on #ActuallyAutistic people this past decade with their war to eradicate Autism. Also, no notes to this being the same culture Autistics are still suffering, battling and protesting today.

Pffft, and you know there’s no mention of A$ groupies (converted neurotypical parents) either, that actively claim “Autism” culture as their own, force their version of it down Autistics throats and then bash us for not wanting a “cure.”

This prompts some questions . . . 

  • Do many non-profit organizations use their money and power to actively go against their target demographic, like Autism Speaks does to #ActuallyAutistic?
  • How does a non-profit become this mighty so quickly with fundraising and legislators?
  • Where’s the money coming from and where’s it going?
  • Who profits the most from A$ donations? Which companies/organizations are receiving A$ money?
  • Better yet, this question: How the fuck did this organization become so powerful to silence us all?

Ahhh, let’s go back to the founders – Bob and Suzanne Wright.

Bob Wright was a former NBC executive, president and CEO from 1986 to 2001, and chairman and CEO from 2001 until he retired in 2007. 

Prior to NBC, he held several posts at General Electric in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and served as GE’s vice chairman until he retired from that role in 2008.

Suzanne Wright was his wife. Both were grandparents to an Autistic grandson.

The Wrights’ founded the Autism Speaks organization, within a year became experts on Autism, and then merged with Autism Coalition for Research and Education in 2005, National Alliance for Autism Research in 2006 and Cure Autism Now in 2007.

This here is an attempt to follow the money and the power of The Autistic Silencers. (Or at least start get a visual of what #ActuallyAutistic are up against in their fight to be heard.)

Defining The Autistic Silencers as businesses/organizations/money/power connected to Autism Speaks that are complicit in silencing our #ActuallyAutistic voices. This is the beginning of this project– and the list below is not in anyway complete. More will be added as known.


#ActuallyAutistic Activists VS. The Autistic Silencers 

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Starting with Bob Wright, immediately Autism Speaks is different than other grass-roots organizations. A$ was co-founded by a mighty powerful man in the media industry.

His wife, Suzanne Wright, and his views defined America’s understanding of Autism. Their dark-marketing of the invented Autistic apocalypse created a cult-like following of neurotypical parents that demand their views, beliefs, goals and identity were more important than the #ActuallyAutistic community.

These parents identified with the mission of battling/defeating Autism, identifying themselves as “Autism Families,” and demanding that their invented version of Autistic culture was correct. Even creating a fashion, beauty and lifestyle Autism market geared to non-Autistic parents of Autistic kids.

So here is the wall-of-power related to Bob Wright and A$ (so far) potentially blocking #ActuallyAutistic voices: 

This list is just the start. So far these are companies have direct connections to Bob Wright. These are the voices we’re trying to be louder than — at the very least. Are they suppressing our #ActuallyAutistic voices too? Who makes the most profit from our silence?


Here are a few . . .  this page is work in progress, but starting to see what we’re up against in mainstream media?

 


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“The president made a promise to the late wife of his friend Bob Wright that he would light up the White House in blue if he won the November election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.” – via The Hill


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CBS News Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities

3rd Annual CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for College Students with Disabilities

For three years, CBS News in collaboration with Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 Initiative and DisBeat, has expanded its paid internship program to include outreach to college juniors, seniors and graduate students with disabilities for the CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for Spring 2018. Recent graduates are not eligible.

Thanks for sharing this announcement for the CBS News/Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0/DisBeat Internship for Spring 2018. Applications are due by 5 pm ET on Friday, October 20, 2017.

Applicants with insight into the lived experiences of disability are strongly encouraged to apply for the Spring 2018 Internship Program that runs from January 8 — May 11, 2018.

Source: CBS News Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities

A Few Pointers To Help Save Money And Avoid The Strain Of Medicare Enrollment

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Older or disabled Americans with Medicare coverage have probably noticed an uptick in mail solicitations from health insurance companies, which can mean only one thing: It’s time for the annual Medicare open enrollment.

Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to decide which of dozens of private plans offer the best drug coverage for 2018 or whether it’s better to leave traditional Medicare and get a drug and medical combo policy called Medicare Advantage.

Some tips for the novice and reminders for those who have been here before can make the process a little easier. Continue reading A Few Pointers To Help Save Money And Avoid The Strain Of Medicare Enrollment

Hospitals Step In To Help House The Homeless. Will It Make A Difference?

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Listen here to Pauline Bartolone’s radio version of this story, which first ran on Capital Public Radio.

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During the five years Tony Price roamed the streets and dozed in doorways, the emergency rooms of Sacramento’s hospitals were a regular place for him to sleep off a hard day’s drinking.

Continue reading Hospitals Step In To Help House The Homeless. Will It Make A Difference?