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I'd recommend GRASP or ASAN for folks look'n for good advice from folks that actually have personal experience. Or, feel free to contact me/Kairy with any questions you might have about autism.
Considering how defensive Autism Speaks gets whenever someone speaks ill of them, I hope this comic strip isn't forced down.
Example? They tried to sue someone for making a spoof site called "Neurotypicals Speak". The guy who made the website had autism, and the charges were only dropped when they found out that he was a minor. He was, however, still forced to take the site down.
Freedom of speech, Autism Speaks. That kid shouldn't have been forced to take the site down unless it was flat out slander (which, from what I heard, it wasn't)...and I'm allowed to state my displeasure as well.
...and make a little joke in the process.
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WE DONT NEED CURED!
And in one of their "documentaries" one of the mothers interviewed said that she would often contemplate for 8 hours driving off a bridge (killing her self and her autistic daughter) but didn't because she has a "normal" daughter. And she said this in front of her autistic daughter.
Yeah Autism Speaks is evil.
Totally know where you're coming from; I'd show my dad these comics if I thought he would keep an open mind about it.
What ran through my head was "your child can probably hear, and perhaps even understand you". What really got me, and will forever mar them in my mind (besides all the other nasty stuff about them), was the segment of the video where a mother said that she would rather drive herself and her daughter off a cliff than have to deal with the difficulties that come with an autistic child being in the public school system.
Right in front of her autistic daughter.
I think I may have material for AuTalkz... although some of you may want to look away, if you're obsessive (like me) and easily upset. If this bothers anyone, just ask mdchan to hide my comment.
It's about the definition of "literally." Apparently "literally" is also able to be used for emphasis according to the Oxford English Dictionary, and from what I understand it has been like this for a while. This makes the other definition meaningless in my opinion, since it can't necessarily eliminate ambiguity anymore. In all honesty I was kind of hoping other obsessive people would email the dictionary companies to fix this, but perhaps that's a bit... insensitive, or maybe I'm just over-thinking this.