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Advertisement for the Stew's Team walk for the Autism Walk hosted by Autism Speaks
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IronicEggAffection Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
I just thought I'd let you know, the puzzle piece imagery is considered offensive by many people with autism (the childlike-ness of the puzzle piece contributes to the stereotype that people with autism are like adult children, it is promoted a lot by Autism Speaks which is a group many people with autism are repulsed by, and it contributes to the idea that autism needs to be fixed and put together when autism people aren't broken, just to name a few), and that "Autism Awareness" is often used as a way to scare people into thinking autism is an epidemic, when "Autism Acceptance" is usually considered more appropriate.

I just thought I would notify you!
WhidinaArt Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I understand completely. My son's father is in denial of our son's diagnoses he treats him like a 14 year old oppose to him being a 3 year old. Everything is able to learn and taught in the appropriate times. He continues to believe he our son will "grow out of it" He lacks to accommodate to our son's needs and routines. It is very sad how much "Autism Acceptance" is needed.

On the design ideal....even though the puzzle piece seems to be offensive to others i do not mean to offend. This was an advertisement was for the Autism Speaks walk so the icon seems appropriate to the advertisement. 

Thank you for comment :)
IronicEggAffection Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Ahh, that is very unfortunate.

I understand, although now that you say that, have you looked much into Autism Speaks? Despite being the most popular autism group, it is actually almost unanimously hated by the autistic community. (They many times have been reported to purposely get autistic people made uncomfortable and upset before filming to make autism look like a scary epidemic, doing things like telling people not to send their children to their helpful therapies before filming and never giving a set schedule so that they can catch kids in the middle of a meltdown, and, instead of using most of their money to help real autistic children and their families, most of the money appears to go towards medical research for a prenatal test for autism, which has eugenics-like implications. Not only that, but despite being called Autism Speaks, they currently have no autistic people on their board. If I remember right, they at one point had one single autistic person on their board, but that person left because they felt the group was morally corrupt.) There are a lot of videos and articles out there on why Autism Speaks is often really strongly disliked by the autistic community.
WhidinaArt Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Actually I have been hearing a lot about that recently. I have been trying to do a lot of more research as much as I can to find good resources for my son. Is there anything  you suggest?
IronicEggAffection Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Something I really like is the Ask an Autistic series on YouTube!! I'd recommend looking that up. It is a series of videos done by Amythest Schaber, an autistic person, who talks about different things that autistic people do or feel, why they do them, and what is a good way to respond to that. In general, a recommendation I have is to try harder to find actual autistic voices instead of the voices of people who research autism. While the opinions of non-autistic doctors and researchers are important, listening to the voices of people who really do have autism is often overlooked, but it is usually the most important voice, in my personal opinion, since no amount of professional research can be quite the same as actually being autistic.
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