Bigotry on Parade
In a span of less than two years, Suzanne Wright's bigoted diatribes against autistic people have included promises to put us in the history books and exhortations to kick us to the curb. Oh, and she also claims that autistic children are "just not there" and can't be taken out to restaurants and movies. So I didn't find it at all surprising to see this unequivocal declaration of Autism Speaks' eugenic intentions in the Parade article:
"We’re now playing catch-up as we try to stem the tide and ultimately eradicate autism for the sake of future generations. If we continue our current trajectory, we’ll get there in my lifetime."
What really needs to be eradicated for the sake of future generations, of course, is genocidal bigotry like this. Notwithstanding her egotistical claims, Suzanne Wright does not control history's trajectory; to the contrary, she has demonstrated quite clearly that she is on the wrong side of history. As other civil rights movements have shown, it's not going to take a lifetime for us to change our society's backward attitudes toward neurological minority groups and people with disabilities—and to kick Autism Speaks to the curb.