Autism Speaks Attacks Local Charity's Fundraising Walk
As reported by the blog Don't Tell the Donor, a watchdog site that blows the whistle on unsavory doings by nonprofit organizations:
...some parents began to question why they were raising money for national research when local families in Vermont needed immediate assistance.
As a result, one of last year's community sponsors - a group called Autism Support Daily - decided to organize their own walk and call it the Second Annual Vermont Walk on Saturday, September 29th. Rather than give up the event they helped organize - Autism Speaks is fighting back by organizing their own walk on Sunday, September 30th at the same park!
As a result of this dispute, it's likely both groups will only raise a fraction of what was raised last year...
I'm sure the lowlifes at Autism Speaks are very well aware that they won't attract any contributions by holding a walk one day after the local fundraiser. They are intentionally spoiling both events for the purpose of intimidating other local autism charities into staying out of their way, like a gang of hooligans claiming their turf.
The group that they're attacking, Autism Support Daily, seems to be a decent bunch of folks who are providing genuinely useful services. The language on the Autism Support Daily website is generally positive and respectful. Here's how the group describes itself:
At Autism Support Daily, we are dedicated to empowering, supporting and educating families and friends of children with autism as well as individuals with autism by providing guidance, support, informational resources and family-oriented activities, in addition to financial assistance for medical, educational or professional services, treatments or programs for those with autism, while building a heightened public and professional awareness of the challenges faced, with emphasis on enabling those with autism to achieve independent living.
Once again, the bullies at Autism Speaks have shown the depths of their nastiness with this selfish, greedy attack on a community group that is working to help families.
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