You see a puzzle piece
You see a puzzle piece. It’s small, blue, almost cute. It doesn’t seem harmful or objectionable. But as an autistic, I see so much more:
I see a symbol of incompleteness, hinting that we need others to make us whole.
I see well-meaning neurotypicals giving donations to an organization that recommends drinking bleach as a cure for being like myself.
I see an organization who uses pity and fear to generate money-pity for the poor autistic child and fear that you may have a child that’s autistic if they don’t find a way to prevent it.
I see a corporation who uses stigma to make a profit.
I see a “charity” that says it’s all about autism, but won’t let a single verbal autistic in to speak, let alone be part of its organization.
I do realize that there are other autistics who are much worse off than I am. But even they shouldn’t be considered incomplete! A$ created a video titled “I am Autism” which depicts autism as something that steals into your home, takes all your money, and will break your marriage apart. I’m sharing a link to the transcript in case you don’t believe me, and what I read of it makes me see red and feel depressed. I’m also sharing the flashblog from autistic bloggers and some true allies who all joined together and wrote their own “This is Autism” posts, which made me really happy. You see a puzzle piece, but I see all of this, and it’s not good. Every April people “Light it up Blue” for “Autism Awareness”, and we see these puzzle pieces all around, as people think that they’re doing good, when in reality they’re celebrating an organization which doesn’t care about us whatsoever and sees us as cash cows. It hurts a lot, knowing that people think they’re helping us.