Cure Bad Analogies Now
After gobbling up the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and its genetic research projects, Autism Speaks also proceeded to swallow Cure Autism Now (CAN), thus becoming a monopolist of anti-autism eugenics research. That prompted this gushing praise on a curebie website: "Autism Speaks is earning a place as the Microsoft of the autism world!"
Uh, no. Not quite.
Although many of us love to hate greedy Microsoft (and I'm not a big fan of Bill "Coward of the Decade" Gates myself) the fact remains that Microsoft has contributed greatly to the world's productivity and prosperity by selling standardized mass-market computer software. Autism Speaks, on the other hand, has not benefited the world's autistic population in any way whatsoever—no funding for educational programs, no providing communication devices, no nothing. So I'd suggest a different analogy:
Autism Speaks is the Pac-Man of the autism world.
(Complete with clown nose and hat.)
It runs around frantically doing nothing worthwhile and gobbling up everything it sees—and eventually, it will have made enough wrong turns (such as condoning child murder, etc.) so that society will give it the "Game Over" screen.
Edit, December 24, 2006: My description of autism.about.com as a curebie website gushing over Autism Speaks seems to have been unfair. The site's editor, Lisa Jo Rudy, has just posted a very positive collection of photos and quotes from parents and others who discuss what they love most about the autistic person in their lives. I recommend it.
Labels: Autism Speaks