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I sent this to the Autism Speaks contact email contactus@autismspeaks.org. I’m also posting this here as an open letter.

To Suzanne Wright and whom it may concern in Autism Speaks,

The latest video of your organization Autism Speaks, “I am Autism”, completely disgusts me. It present an inaccurate presentation of autism, as if it were some disease, a blight or a growth that can be torn out of a person. Autism is a part of who I am. By presenting autism in the way that you have, not only have you demonized autism, but you have demonized and victimized autistic people. You show no compassion or empathy for autistic people in the way that you have represented us, or rather, the way in which you lack to represent us.

Because actually, the video doesn’t even address autistic people at all, only “autism” as a child-stealing disease and our parents. No once in the video do I see anything about how autistic people live, only the struggles and trials of our parents, putting them high on a pedestal as if they were all-suffering saints. While yes, our parents face struggles, they do so alongside us, and just because we are autistic does not mean that our lives are sinking pits of misery and tragedy. We have our own challenges and troubles, joy, happiness and love, just like non-autistic people.

The information about parents is also false, based on inaccurate presentations that are ignorant at best and outright lying at worse. There has been no evidence that families with autistic children have higher divorce rates, are more in debt, or become socially withdrawn. Yet the video continues to spread false information about our lives.

But that’s not the end of it.

Suzanne Wright, you LIED to parents in you personal appeal for their videos (released August 6, 2009 on the Autism Speaks YouTube channel). In the video, you states that the video will “[shine] a bright light on autism”. You give the impression of a positive video with an optimistic presentation of autism and autistic people. The only “bright light” in the video is the determination of parents, the vilification of autistic people, and to donate to Autism Speaks’ bankbook is the only way to make our lives better.

So congratulations, you have just angered and pushed away the very people you claim to be helping, and have given us more reasons why we hate your organization. We are sick and tired of your corrupt practices. We are disgusted in the way that you have attempted to represent us. We are appalled, horrified and deeply resent everything that you do. Your name has taught us the meaning of hatred and loathing.

You say that Autism speaks and it’s time to listen. So you want autism to speak, okay then, you had better be listening because here’s “autism” speaking:

I am Autistic and you DO NOT speak for ME!

Never yours,
Corina Becker

originally posted on LJ April 23, 2009. Please note, I am not a scientist, so this is all my disdain for badly reasoned opinions being presented as fact.

so, Jim Carey writes a little about the judgment on vaccines NOT causing autism.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-carrey/the-judgment-on-vaccines_b_189777.html

some of my favorite quotes

“This is a huge leap of logic by anyone’s standards. Not everyone gets cancer from smoking, but cigarettes do cause cancer.”

Yeah, cancer from cigarettes is caused by consistent exposure to the chemicals in cigarettes. Other than us asthmatics who cough like crazy and whatnot, minimum exposure to cigarettes won’t cause cancer.

“The truth is that no one without a vested interest in the profitability of vaccines has studied all 36 of them in depth.”

Sooooo, if everyone who studies the vaccines has a vested interest in their profit, then all the results are therefore bogus and no matter what they say, will be rejected by the antivaccine/green vaccine crowd. You gotta have at least some trust in people.
Also, I don’t know, but aren’t there studies done in other countries that aren’t American? hmmmmm, rather dismissive of all doctors there, Jim.

“f we are to believe that the ruling of the ‘vaccine court’ in these cases mean that all vaccines are safe, then we must also consider the rulings of that same court in the Hannah Polling and Bailey Banks cases, which ruled vaccines were the cause of autism and therefore assume that all vaccines are unsafe. “

Wasn’t that the case where it was discovered that Hannah had an underlining condition that reacted with the vaccines to develop 3 autistic-like behaviours? Big difference, there. Edit: and it wasn’t the vaccine court that ruled that case.

“The legitimate concern they and many in the scientific community have that environmental toxins, including those found in vaccines, may be causing autism and other disorders (Aspergers, ADD, ADHD), cannot be dissuaded by a show of sympathy and a friendly invitation to look for the ‘real’ cause of autism anywhere but within the lucrative vaccine program.”

The funny part is that some of the apparent toxins in the vaccines, like mercury, can be found in larger quantities in perfectly natural and healthy sources. Like fish.
Also, it has been proven that the major study which claims that vaccines cause those disorders had been falsified.
Also, Aperger’s IS autism. AS is an Autism Spectrum Disorder under the Pervasive Developmental Disorders in the DSM-IV. Facts are fun to ignore, aren’t they Jim?

“With many states like Minnesota now reporting the number at 1 in 80 children affected with autism, can we afford to trust those who serve two masters or their logic that tells us “one size fits all” when it comes to vaccines?”

Apparently, no one. So until someone in “them” says that yes, all of you vaccine nuts are right, you won’t believe anything we say. But that won’t happen, because it would be lying, and that’s wrong.

“Can we afford to ignore vaccines as a possible cause of these rising numbers when they are one of the fastest growing elements in our children’s environment?”

And more diagnostic tools mean nothing, huh? Education means nothing too, huh? Apparently so, since Jim, an actor of comedy, is now a self-proclaimed expert on autism causes without opening a textbook when scientists and doctors have been working on this for a good long while.

“With all the doubt that’s left hanging on this topic, how can anyone in the media or medical profession, boldly demand that all parents march out and give their kids 36 of these shots, six at a time in dosage levels equal to that given a 200 pound man?”

There’s more dangerous toxins and chemicals in CHELATION than there is in the vaccines. They tried to do a study on Chelation; they stopped it before it started because it was too dangerous for the adult human subjects. And DAN! says it’s a way to cure autism. In children. (sure, if they don’t DIE first!)

“This is a bias of the most dangerous kind.”

You know, bias is a two way street, Jim.

“I’ve also heard it said that no evidence of a link between vaccines and autism has ever been found. That statement is only true for the CDC, the AAP and the vaccine makers who’ve been ignoring mountains of scientific information and testimony.”

From whom, your wife sorry, your girlfriend? Sooooo, what about the non-American governments, who also still use the MMR vaccines and the same vaccine schedule? Also, they’ve been developing these vaccines for years now. While there was a cause of concern some couple decades ago about the amount of Mercury in the vaccines, they’ve improved on the vaccines, and those vaccines don’t exist anymore. They would have been either discarded or used by now. Sorry, but vaccines don’t have a century-long shelf life.

“We have never argued that people shouldn’t be immunized for the most serious threats including measles and polio, but surely there’s a limit as to how many viruses and toxins can be introduced into the body of a small child”

I repeat my comment about Chelation. Strangely enough, apparently the cause for toxins in vaccines causing autism is a digestive problems like Leaky Gut that allows the toxins to reach the brain. Otherwise, those toxins would leave the body within a 24 hour period, or abouts.
So what about the people with autism who got the vaccines, and don’t have digestive problems?

The rest of what Jim says seems to be based on old facts. Which, of course, are old and therefore only apply to the time period in which they were new.

So really, the main problem is the schedule.
Edit: Also, the UK has a lower amount of vaccines in their schedule and a higher rate of autism than in either Canada or the US, so the argument that reducing the vaccines is stupidly flawed.

You know, when I was a baby, I had most of the blood in my body taken out for blood testing. My mother couldn’t believe how much blood they were taking, and was sure that I couldn’t survive that much blood loss. And yet, here I am.

Humans are amazing things, really. Yes, when we’re babies and children, we’re still developing and don’t have all our defenses up and are vulnerable. When we’re fully grown, we’re pretty pathetic compared to all the other critters in the world. And yet, we’re tough and we survive.

So, I think I’m going to trust in humanity, and give my child the damn shots.

This was originally posted on LiveJournal February 10, 2009 as The Cure to Autism video

A bit morbid, for a little shock value.

Even the best of us has a temper, and this is a part of mine.

This is a response to EVERY and ANY claim to CURING or HEALING autism spectrum disorders EVER MADE.

ASD is neurological and genetic. Meaning, it’s the way the brain works, and pretty much the way your family’s brains work, with varying differences. It’s a difference, not a disease. You don’t cure or heal diversity. To try and do so is to commit a murder upon human diversity and innovation.

And sometimes it takes a little shock to prove my point. Human diversity and difference is beautiful. Let’s accept, include, accommodate and delight in all people.

http://www.youtube.com/v/JFmi1o0JEaM&hl=en&fs=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFmi1o0JEaM

Later, I had to make another post on Feb 12th

oh joy!! TROLLS!!!!
so yeah, interesting “discussion” about my anti-curebie video on YouTube. one valiant guy from Wrongplanet.net is fighting in my name, with Noyer joining in.

If any of you want to follow or jump in, go for it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFmi1o0JEaM

http://www.youtube.com/comment_servlet?all_comments&v=JFmi1o0JEaM&fromurl=/watch%3Fv%3DJFmi1o0JEaM

fun fun fun.

The troll, as I’ve named him, seems to be concerned about autism as a mental impairment that is incurable, that those of us who are “high functioning” are not impaired. Basically, he’s belittling “high-functioning” autistics and aspies, saying that those “low functioning” cannot get jobs, go to college/university or be anything other than disabled and have no gifts or strengths, and so must be cured

And then on the 15th:

oh perious me!!
If I were Catholic, my next confession would be something like this:

“Bless me Father for I have sinned, I have committed an original sin. I have poked a troll with a spork.”

I also just called him arrogant, since he was setting himself up as being representative of the vast majority of opinion, when a few arguments ago he was accusing my allies and I of maintaining and justifying social stratification.

Let me just say, that I don’t really take trolls all that seriously, but I obsess over them, so I had to approve-only comments for this video



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  • Corina Becker: Hi Anonymous person who apparently doesn't feel like giving me a name to address, and thus hides behind anonymity!!! I never said the federal gov
  • Anonymous: I think that it is about time something is being done federally to help those with ASD to get much needed therapies for their disability and YES I do
  • Corina Becker: Hi Janine! Melody reads here? Awesome. I honestly had no idea she was aware of this blog.And thank you so much, I'm glad both of you like the bl

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