Cannot keep the silence
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Published: June 18, 2008

Real Autistics Speak

A few days ago, it was brought to our attention that Autism Speaks was an unsuitable charity. I asked for proof, and was given it in full.
I don't wish to go into here in this journal, as it is a public forum, however those wishing to read more on my reasons need only to Wiki Karen McCarron, and the short film Autism Every Day.
Speaking as the mother of an Austic Spectrum child, I was highly disturbed by all this. And upon digging deeper realised that their ideals contrast sharply with what I feel we should be working towards.

For the record, this was brought to my attention by some of our Autistic members here at dA, who feel that Autism Speaks does not have their best interests at heart.


On good recommendation I was pointed towards  The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and I took the leap and sent an email directly to the president of that group.
He and I have begun to correspond and we look forward to working with each other.

I wanted to let our community know of these changes, as you are just as much a part of this group as I am. More so, since this would continue to function without me, but not without you, the artists.

If there are any concerns, or questions about this change, please feel free to address them here. I will be happy to try to answer them.


In keeping with this new working partnership, I'm once again asking for donations to our cause. I will personally donate two deviations to the gallery, in hopes of bringing in more prints purchases.
Also, Little-Vampire and I will be sorting through the older deviations and making good use of the sub-folders to separate the classic best sellers, from the new submissions, as well as taking down the ones that are no longer selling.

If you are an artist that has donated, and we remove your donation, you will receive a note letting you know, and also asking if you have a new deviation to donate.


On August 21st, ArtistsForCharity will be 3 years old. I'd like to do something special.

Any suggestions?

Till next time,


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Random-Strawberries's avatar
my youngest brother is autistic. Thankyou for bringing this to peoples attenton
Zazou8's avatar
My only concern about the change of charity we will support is : is it a international organisation? Cause as we are here in an international group it could be cool...
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I understand your concerns, however even if we are supporting a non-international organization, please keep in mind that we switch charities every so often. Last year we supported Habitat For Humanity.

I do try to work with international groups though, because we are</are> an international art site.
Zazou8's avatar
Oh I see. Then I guess it's not a "problem" :)
jekkal's avatar
I thank you once again for taking my concerns so seriously.

I can only hope other charitable organizations are as conscientious and diligent as this one is about making sure they know who they are supporting.
weitmare's avatar
Wow! That's awful.. I would never say that the family of an autistic child is in hell. My two cousins have autism (one with severe autism one with Aspberger's) and they both live good lives and I am happy to have had them both in my life. They are both smart, happy boys with lots to offer everyone they encounter. It's horrifying that anyone would use this disorder as an excuse for murder or would make a film depicting it so bleakly. Yes, I know there are difficulties and it can be a struggle getting diagnosed and getting a good school, but to portray life as being so awful.. that's just wrong.
heidiwg's avatar
wow, thanks for letting us know, I support your decision!
jsiu123's avatar
When I think about me, I didn't even go through the treatment of autism. What my counselor really only did, is to give me advice like she would with other people, and that was before I even take the test. What one needs is to feel the love that somehow got shattered from the past, and to learn how to express it. It can be in a form of words and pictures. In fact there are people that aren't autism have trouble doing so
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MelindottyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Thanks you for bringing this to my attention. My brother has an autism spectrum disorder, Aspberger's Syndrome, and he might be weird but he is a person who makes his own decisions and has aspirations. He isn't a vegetable or invalid. He is a 16 year old boy who loves The Simpsons and Swimming.
in-art-we-trust's avatar
okies, I will defo go through my HD and pull out the full size images for prints. Will also set out to make something unique for afc.
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