Autism Speaks is one of the most well-known autism charities in the United States. They are also one of the most infamous groups for being a scam and spreading false (and sometimes damaging) information.
Many autistic people have spoken up against Autism Speaks and the misinformation they spread. The Autistic Women's Network even went as far to say that they're a hate group. But still many people don't know why Autism Speaks is a "charity" to steer clear of.
One of the biggest reasons why people do not support Autism Speaks is their misuse of funding. Very little of it actually goes to anyone with autism. Instead most of the donation money goes into it's higher level officials' paychecks.
Another reason is that they seem to spread hate rhetoric. They use their ads to spread fear in order to get donations. Most of their ads make autism look like a thing that should be feared. A prime example of this is their I am Autism ad, in which they compared autism to pediatric aids, cancer, and di