Lindt Chocolate Nomination Protest
Lindt also is sponsoring a competition called Unsung Heroes of Autism, which "recognizes and honors individuals who are making a difference in the lives of others." I presume that the reference to "others" means that the individuals to be recognized are non-autistics who are busily campaigning to eradicate autism and that, in accordance with the usual pattern of denial shown by Autism Speaks and its supporters, nobody at Lindt contemplated the possibility that any autistics might submit entries. For the benefit of those who would like to expand Lindt's horizons, I've reprinted the contest information below:
Between February 26 and March 11, 2009, you can nominate yourself or someone you know to be one of two UNSUNG HEROES OF AUTISM who will be honored at a celebratory event at the New York Palace Hotel on April 1st to kick off Autism Awareness Month.
$5,000 towards their efforts and initiatives to help the cause.
Personal highlight featured in the June issue of Cookie magazine.
Travel for two, to and from the Lindt UNSUNG HEROES OF AUTISM Event in New York City.
Two night stay at the Palace Hotel for the Lindt UNSUNG HEROES OF AUTISM Event.
To nominate yourself or someone you know, please submit a 250-500 word description of how the nominee embodies an UNSUNG HERO OF AUTISM. A panel of judges representing Lindt & Sprüngli and Cookie magazine will review the submissions based on the following criteria:
Demonstration of a strong and sustained commitment to the autism cause, including a personal sacrifice.
Illustration of a creative and innovative concept that furthers the goals of fighting autism, raising awareness and increasing research initiatives in his or her community.
Impact of individual contributions on the lives of others or on their community who are affected by autism.
Identifiable changes that have been the result of his or her activities.
I'd like to encourage my readers to go to the Unsung Heroes site (lindtunsungheroes.com) and nominate autistic civil rights advocates who have made personal sacrifices in fighting bigotry, who have been involved in creative and innovative protests, whose individual efforts have increased society's respect for neurological diversity, and whose efforts have led to identifiable changes in the behavior of organizations that have been targeted by our protests—including, it is to be hoped, Lindt Chocolate.
Edit: Act quickly—nominations are being accepted only until 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday 3/11/09.