Question and Answer Sectionby Leslie Burby
Someone asked me, “If the Autism Speaks Organization isn’t something you support then what organizations or schools do you support?”
My answer is this:
Schools and organizations that:
- treat autistics with the same equality and respect that they would any other person
- may see people on the spectrum as “different but not less”
- raise money and openly tell me where my money will be going
- do not harm ASD individuals by words or actions
- include ASD individuals on their boards and/or allow for their opinions to be heard
- do not use science as a means to eradicate a certain people, harm people (including the unborn), cause eugenics, or lead to targeted abortions of particular groups of people
- use more than 51% (preferably more) of the funds raised to help the people that they raised the funds for
As of January 2013, I have found no evidence of disrespect to the autism community from the following organizations and schools and thereby support their efforts with the autism community and believe that the majority of the money raised is in fact being used to better the lives of autistic persons:
Autistic Self Advocacy Network http://autisticadvocacy.org/
Autism National Committee http://www.autcom.org/
Autism Network International http://www.autreat.com/
Autism Society http://www.autism-society.org/
Autism Women’s Network http://autismwomensnetwork.org/
Fill-A-Need Foundation http://www.fillaneedfoundation.org/
FOCUS Center for Autism http://www.focuscenterforautism.org/
National Autistic Society http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/about-the-nas/how-we-spend-your-money.aspx
National Council on Independent Living http://www.ncil.org/
We asked our readers on Facebook who they support and these were their choices:
Coleen Westlea is a good school for autism my son goes there and he has autism it’s a sen school they are brilliant
Nicola Us mums and autism aware uk
Lorinda I support The Autism Society of America…they allow funds raised to be used locally, unlike others. I also support Milestones Academy, a private autism school in Kansas City, MO.
Dana Kent autistic trust in Kent uk really supportive, drop ins emails etc local support from someone who understands
Nick Malcuit Westchester Exceptional Children’s School in NY. Remarkable place and staff.
Ariadne The walnuts school
Eleanor Rowan school Sheffield. Fabulous school
Rebecca Autism West Midlands UK and the National Autistic Society UK
Michele The Palm Beach School for Autism. Lantana Florida. My 7 year old attends and has made a huge difference in his life and ours. Also the JCC special needs programs in Boca Raton.
Deana Canucks Autism Network is who we support, they give us swimming, skating, soccer, basketball, family outings, camps and more
Kerry Little Miracles in Peterborough has helped me enormously run by volunteers of parents They are amazing
Amanda Autism Society of Maine.
Amy Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources! Local Louisiana organization founded by parents of children on the spectrum!
Alison Bexley NAS part of National Autistic Society. Bexley Voice is also very good x