My apologies for the prolonged absence-still settling in after a wonderful trip to visit with family.
And no sooner had I returned to the blogosphere than my mind was blown by this editorial from Autism Speaks. Not the article itself, which is the usual drivel about how you must give us teh moniez or autism will devour your children, destroy your marriage, and change all your Arabic numerals to binary. It was the comments-777 and counting, standing almost unanimously against the fear-mongering and dehumanizing negativity that has long been this organization’s MO. And that was just the start.
Yesterday, close to 250 people contributed to the This is Autism Flash Blog. Self-advocates and parents. Speaking and non-speaking. All sharing their gifts, their challenges, their unique perspectives, all painting a picture of autism far deeper and more complex than a blue puzzle piece, far more positive than anything Autism Speaks ever wrote.
Autism Speaks still makes a lot of money and wields a lot of power. But I think this sudden onslaught of voices is the sound of the tide beginning to turn.