idonttakemycontactsout asked: i appreciate your concern, but at my college we interact a great deal with autism speaks and support it. you shouldn't focus on what they're doing wrong, because none of it is terrible, but focus on what they are trying to do for people with all different levels of autism.
Things you apparently don’t consider terrible:
Posting a video of a mother talking about how she wanted to kill her child while that same child was in the room listening.
Supporting the eugenic abortion of autistic people.
Failing to condemn the murders of autistic children.
Supporting the Judge Rotenburg Center, which according the the UN, tortures autistic people.
It is terrible, only 3% of their budget goes towards services, there are no autistic people on their board, they literally support eugenics. They are doing absolutely nothing good.
This is widely know withing the autistic community and they are pretty universally hated by autistic people. Because they are terrible. They only even bother pretending to care about little white boys.
Read that link. Read it.
And here is the resignation letter of the sole autistic person they had in an important (but still non board) position
Here’s a flyer by a major autism advocacy organisation on them
OR, if you still don’t give a fuck about what autistic people think or want, (which seems kind of obvious from the content of this ask) here are some links written by non autistic people.
Here’s a post from the CEO of one of the oldest charities in the US for intellectually and developmentally disabled people.
Here’s a post from a major autism parenting magazine
And here are some other posts
If you continue to support them now you are in possession of this information, then it is clear that you are not an ally to autistic people, you don’t want to help us, and are probably just doing your charity work for “oh look at me, I’m a good person” points.
If you support autism speaks, you are not supporting autistic people, you are hurting us. And you are doing it knowingly and consciously.
Please spread this, not enough people know.
Ramin’s voice is just so seducing and powerful, and I believe he once said that he portrays Erik as Autistic, which is absolutely brilliant. Hugh just as the look of him, you know? Plus I like how insane he makes Erik act. With Norm, this might sound stupid, but just the fact he’s African-American makes him perfect. ‘Cause they were seen as lesser people back then, and combined with the deformity, it makes sense he would be treated the way he was.
I’m really sorry but this came up in my suggested posts… and I’m not really in the mood to ignore it. So…
Let me just say- I’m so glad you love Phantom too! :D I’m glad I’m not alone in analyzing the aspects of certain portrayals, and what is good/bad about them to me.
I do however have a few things that feel needed to be addressed about your statement.
Ramin’s voice is great :) and there are things in his acting choice that are awesome. But claiming the Phantom as autistic is really unhelpful to the autistic community, which I am a part of (diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome). I totally understand that he meant to apply this statement as a generalized observance, but connecting autism to Erik is promoting the idea of violence and sociopathic tendencies in people with ASD. Which is untrue and leaning heavily towards ableism.
Although I disagree strongly with your observations on Norm, I do not have the historical knowledge to comment on that.
I’m definitely not trying to start arguments or invalidate your opinions, but I felt the need to express those thoughts.
My dream for The Avengers: Age of Ultron is that it starts out with each of the Avengers getting a call early in the morning that they need to come in, and when they get to Clint, they’re like, “We still don’t have Romanoff’s new location, so if you have a way of contacting her, pass the message to her as well.” Clint replies, “I’ll see if I can track her down,” and hangs up the phone. Then he rolls over in bed and is like, “Hey Nat, get up, they need us.”