My last art of 2008, done entirely with MS Paint. Sort of a political cartoon, a jab at Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to establishing prenatal screening for autism, and eugenics in general. It says "Autism speaks; it's time to listen." (literally "We must listen").
I once posted how I wasn't proud of my mental disorders, and that people shouldn't be. I still stand by that, but I also stand by the other message; you can be proud of who you are and what you've grown to be. I'm not proud to have been abused but I can see why I could have pride in the me it resulted in.
Recently I've been diagnosed - off the books - with Asperger's Syndrome, which is a part of the autism spectrum disorders group.
Now I've been against Autism Speaks since the first autistic person came to me and stabbed me in the chest with their finger and said HEY, MOTHERFUCKER, LISTEN UP.
So HEY, MOTHERFUCKERS, LISTEN UP.
Autism Speaks and other awareness groups like it - in fact, most "awareness" groups in general - are horrible, despicable, downright awful organizations. They turn problems into profits by squashing the real voices of affected persons and turning them into a product, outright villainizing and dehumanizing them.
Now I know a cure for mental disorders is important, but it's also troublesome for many reasons which I've discussed here and numerous times before.
But Autism Speaks helps autistic people like King Candy helps Vanellope von Schweets. By trying to delete them.
They ignore autistic people, paint them as inhuman unsympathetic monsters, and target them for erasure. They put the focus on the relatives and caretakers of autistic people rather than those who have autism themselves. They say we suffer, they say we don't deserve life saving procedures, they say we need to be cured, they say we ruin lives, that we're out to get people and don't care about anyone but ourselves. If you don't believe me, take a look at some of their advertising. They are by proxy responsible for the deaths and murders of numerous autistic children, especially when they include in their videos parents talking about how they wanted to kill their autistic children "because it's so hard to care for them".
Here's the facts about Autism Speaks, provided by an actual autism advocacy group. Many of its issues are not uncommon of awareness campaigns at all. Very little if any money at all actually goes towards breast cancer research when you buy your pink gear, and many people with breast cancer are against the Pink Initiatives or have been harmed by their dehumanizing tactics (putting focus on saving breasts instead of saving lives, for example). And so it goes that very little if any money at all actually goes towards helping autistic people and families, and in fact most of it does the opposite. If Autism Speaks had its way, they would encourage people to abort autistic fetuses.
If you don't believe me that harm comes to autistic people, then realize this: IQ and neurological development are criteria used for determining whether someone will or should receive an organ transplant. In fact, nearly half of medical programs agree that giving lifesaving treatment to people with neurological disorders or low IQs is more harmful than good. We are deemed unworthy of being saved. We are deemed too stupid and useless to live. I shit you not. [link][link][link][link] Autistic people and others with neurological developmental disorders are routinely discriminated against and harmed on a significant basis, especially by medical professionals, teachers, and law enforcement. They are at higher risk for sexual and domestic abuse. [link][link][link][link][link][link][link] And don't forget to remember that we use being autistic as an insult, as an equivalent of retarded douchebag, unintelligent shitstain, stupid faggot. Being autistic is considered the same thing. This isn't like how retarded is used to describe dumb people, this is an actual disorder being used as an insult referring to bad people or things people consider morally bad. It's as offensive as saying someone is "so bipolar" for engaging in domestic violence.
Awareness campaigns are fucking awful and Autism Speaks is one of the worst. It's because of them that autism is considered an epidemic (even though most diagnosed people can function fine) and backed with all the "prevention" funding, instead of more common, more harmful disorders, especially depression and anxiety, which we even have leads on the causes on. But people are fighting AGAINST bullying and domestic abuse prevention, the lead causes of many mood disorders, while simultaneously fighting AGAINST autistic people who do not want to be cured, who do not need to be taken care of, and who are not hollow shellthings to be ignored. Autism Speaks, speaks for itself, and not autistic persons.
Contrary to popular belief, Autism does not mean retarded. I'm smart enough not to put shit in my mouth, bang my head against the wall, and jab a pencil in the pupil of my eye to see what's inside. Hell, even retarded kids should be smart enough not to do the last two.
With Elliot Rodger's tragedy in the news, the media is doing their usual thing and randomly speculating as to why he killed a bunch of people. Like with Adam Lanza before him, some (though way less, this time) of the media seized on the fact that he was diagnosed with Aspergers, also known as high-functioning autism, which I myself have. Let's see, last I recall, I have killed a grand total of zero people during my lifetime.
But uninformed people have the dumb tendency to jump on anything that's different or unfamiliar and blame that for a tragedy. With autism spectrum diagnoses so high that supposedly 1 out of every 68 kids (to say nothing of adults who may have gone undiagnosed for a very long time) have it, that's a lot of people who are at risk. The risk of being treated as potential killers simply because a lot of people are too stupid to realize that if autistics literally make up millions of the population and only TWO committed massacres, then our rate of being mass murderers is 0.00004%. Wow, that's a lot of murderers. PHEAR US.
Sadly, some people genuinely do fear and hate us. After Adam Lanza's massacre, a Facebook page called "No More Massacres" was started. It blamed the killings on Aspergers, and even said "if this gets 50 likes we will find an autistic and set it on fire." It? That's what they call us? And of course their goal was ultimately to kill innocent people, stupidly blaming them for the actions of a single person. Now, I'm convinced that Adam Lanza did have Aspergers/autism after reading what's known of his life story, but he also had way more problems than that, as anyone who read his story would realize that the average high-functioning autistic is nothing like him. Elliot Rodger appears NOT to have had it, from what I'd read or seen (such as his videos) of him, but had completely different issues and was likely misdiagnosed. If he did have it, though, that still means so very few of us are mass murderers that it's still dumb to blame autism/Aspergers for killings anyway. Idiots will do it only because, as I said before, they jump on anything that's different.
Besides, the average Aspie has far more in common with that lovable goofball Sheldon Cooper than with a mass murderer. Once I though about that, I knew of a perfect way to express myself with a quick, punchy message to get the idea out.
I'm selling this as a bumper sticker. Please get the word out so others can put this on their cars (or wherever else) and spread the message: www.zazzle.com/aspergers_does_… You can also spread this stamp around or even make variations; just please credit me with the original.
UPDATE: Zazzle deleted it. They claim it violates their guidelines. I read their guidelines. I don't see any that it violates. What idiots. Anyone know of another site to put this on?
Today is Autism Awareness Day, so I made this pic. Bart need to show repesct to people with autism, like Raymond Babbitt, Satoshi Tajiri, Heather Kuzmich(my fav model), & of course me. Yes I have autism.
For ze Spectator. The article's about a guy with autism that's good with math and poker, so I drew a guy that likes math and poker. Or something. I don't really know.
I screwed up SO MANY TIMES on this picture. And it wasn't until I was halfway done that I realized he had TWO LEFT HANDS. IEFHHEKGESGHKSf. But by then, it was like..half-inked so I couldn't fix it that much.