Sunday, March 3, 2013
What do you want?
So here's what just happened. Yes, That Too started a flash blog snowstorm to protest the fact that the autocomplete options were "die" "be killed" etc, when you search "autistic people should." Guess what? Google reduced the frequency. It's great that they did that, seriously. It's super great.
What's not super great is that Autism Speaks chose to make a big deal out of Google changing the terms... but chose not to make a big deal out of the AUTISTIC-led movement that led to the change.
Autistics organized this thing. They ran this thing. They pulled it all the way through. You'd think someone looking for the best interests of Autistics would be all over that. Autistics speaking for themselves, empowering themselves, advocating for themselves. Isn't that what Autism Speaks claims to want?
"We just want the best for our kids," they say. But will you want the best for them when they're thirty years old and blogging for their rights? Or will you want them in the palm of your hand?
"Tip your hats to Google, sure, but also to the ones who told Google so.
Tip your hats to those who kept at it when Google said it was unfortunate, but that nothing will be done." -Yes, That Too.
That wasn't the only snowstorm. Oh, yes, there's still a snowstorm. "Autistic People Are." Add your voice to the flurry.
Do you want to be heard?
Do you want to be erased from your own history books?
Copy the link here. Leave a comment. Write a blog post. A Facebook status. Make your voice heard. Tell Autism Speaks that you are here, you are not going away, and you will be heard.