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Saturday, September 26, 2009


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In response to the despicable "I Am Autism" video by Autism Speaks, the autistic and cross-disability communities have been standing strong in their united opposition. Today in Portland, Oregon, 15 activists organized by ASAN's Portland chapter protested at an Autism Speaks walk and got local news coverage on two channels. [Edit: After mentioning the protest on the 6 PM news, TV station KOIN 6 followed up with an interview of ASAN chapter leader Elesia Ashkenazy, which was the lead story at 11 PM. Way to go, ASAN-Portland! Also, more coverage of the protest on FOX 12 can be seen here.]

Video parodists, bloggers, and others are all over the Internet showing their outrage. I've compiled a list of websites critical of the video below. Please feel free to copy and repost elsewhere to show your solidarity, too.

Parody/Response Videos on YouTube

I Am Autism Speaks

I Am Autism (Hatred and the Autistic Community)

I'm Autistic: Parody of Autism Speaks Video "I Am Autism"

I Am Socks - video response to "I Am Autism"

I Am Socks response to I Am Autism (short version)

I Am Socks response to I Am Autism (no music, clearer audio)

You Are Not Autism. I Am.

We Are the Real Autism

I Am Autism (I Am Nobody)

Blog Posts and Other Articles

When Will They Listen?

Autism Speaks & Alfonso Cuaron: Full of Fail

I Am Autism & The Embarrassment Trope

Harry Potter and the Bigoted Charity

Who Does Autism Speaks Speak For?

"I Am Autism" -- Awareness video by Alfonso Cuarón -- "Ransom" Reprise

Autism Speaks - the sound and the fury

Autistic Community Condemns Autism Speaks

Taking Action Against "I Am Autism"

News Coverage of Autism Speaks Controversy

Groups Outraged Over Video Released By Autism Speaks

You aren't autism. We are. Shut up and listen.

Autism Speaks Hits A New Low

3 O'Clock in the morning

Autism Sells

No, I Am Autism

Autism Speaks, but What is it Saying?

Autism: responsible for divorce, financial ruin, war, tooth decay, and so on

Hare About Autism Speaks

Awareness versus propaganda

Autistic Community Condemns Autism Speaks

I Am Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks PR Meltdown (Updated)

Responding to "I Am Autism"

Autism Speaks Gets It Wrong Again: I Am Autism Video

"I Am Autism" Video: Autistic Community Condemns Autism Speaks' Campaign

Taking Action Against "I Am Autism" Video

The Way Things Get Said

Enemies of Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has done it again.

Don't Speak for Me

I Am Autism Video (Autism Speaks Gets It Wrong Again)

Response to Autism Speaks "I Am Autism" Video

News Coverage of Autism Speaks Controversy

Warning to Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks media campaign…I am autism

The Autism Speaks bait and switch with I am Autism

Why I don't like "I Am Autism"

I am Autism Speaks

Our Message To Suzanne Wright

Autism Speaks and the Underpants Curse

Autism Speaks Deceives Parents

I Am Pissed

Autism Speaks reaches a new low

An Open Letter to Geraldine Dawson

An Open Letter to Laurent Mottron

What if someone did this with, say, Down's Syndrome?

Calling All Celebrities: Please Stop Supporting Autism Speaks!

Tis NOT My Life!

Facebook: Protesting Autism Speaks "I am Autism" Video

"I Am Autism" -- Awareness video by Alfonso Cuarón -- "Ransom" Reprise

I am Autism Controversial Video

"Autism Speaks" again attacks autistics with neurodiversity insensitive advertisements

Autism Speaks Should Learn When to Shut the Hell Up: I am Autism. Not.

ASAN protests new Autism Speaks "I am Autism" campaign

Autism Speaks: it just got worse

Autism Speaks PSA "I Am Autism" faces major backlash

Autism is a color

To the leadership of Autism Speaks

The Latest Propaganda from Autism Speaks and My Response

Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Australia

Autism Speaks' Unethical Video Condemned

Autism Speaks Does Not Speak For Me

Autism Speaks Once Again Demonizes Autism

Backlash and a Few Days Out of the Loop

Autistic Speaker-less

ASAN issues press release condemning Autism Speaks

An Open Letter to Suzanne Wright of Autism Speaks

Help Fight Back Against Autism Speaks' Attempts to Speak for Autistic People!

Autism the boy is Alex Bain - Autism Speaks is just so Wrong

How's Your Day Going?

Two Opposing Views of Autism: Which Strikes a Chord with You?


It's Not an Entity that steals your children. I am Autism propaganda

Autistic Self Advocacy Network, United Kingdom

National Autistic Society (UK) Response to I Am Autism

I Am Autism, We Are Furious

Autism Speaks Hits a New Low

Autism Speaks: Don't Speak for My Family

“I am Autism” Isn’t

Autistic Community Condemns Autism Speaks' "I Am Autism" Campaign

Worldwide Resistance to Autism Speaks

blah, blah, blah

I Am Autism - Autism Truth from the inside looking out

Autism Speaks Stupidly

Autism Speaks and the Underpants Curse

Autism Speaks Deceives Parents

Don't Support Autism Speaks: Let Autistics Speak for Themselves!

Autistic Self Advocacy Network UK - Cambridge

Autistic Community Condemns Autism Speaks’ “I am Autism” Campaign

ASAN Protests Autism Speaks "I am Autism" Campaign

Angels all around us so be careful what you do

Tell Bruce Springsteen Autism Speaks Doesn't Speak For Us!

Latest attack from Autism Speaks

New Autism Speaks video

Rethinking Autism

Autism Speaks posts disgusting Video

Autistic Community Condemns Autism Speaks’ “I am Autism” Campaign

Responding to "I Am Autism"

No Representation Without Representation!

Scots Every Day

Autism Speaks ‘I am Autism’: A short response.

PRESS RELEASE: Autistic Community Condemns Autism Speaks "I Am Autism" Campaign

I Am Autism, and Autism Is Me

From Birth of a Nation to I Am Autism

Quit the Prevarication, That Video Deserves Elimination!

What Celebrities Need to Know about Autism Speaks

An Open Letter to Geri Dawson

Late to the Party

For You

I Am Autism, Autism Speaks Once Again Shows Their True Colors

The Failure of Autism Speaks' E=m*c Squared

"I Am Autism" Autism Speaks Fear-mongering Again

Autism Speaks - Friend or Foe?

'Poetic' autism film divides campaigners

I Am Autism - I'm what happens when you cannot accept Autism

Autism Speaks to confusion within its ranks

Of course, the videos and articles listed above are not a complete list. In fact, they're not even a tiny percentage of the firestorm raging across the Web. While looking at Sphere, an aggregator site, I noticed the following message:

29,238 results found related to the I Am Autism Video by Autism Speaks Controversy

[Edit: As VAB points out in the comments, Sphere apparently made an error. However, there are certainly a great many posts and videos relating to the controversy, whatever the actual number may be.]

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  • I can't figure out what makes Autism Speaks so clueless. I registered my disgust on my blog as well.


    I liked Bev's response. "I'm not trapped behind a wall. I'm just hiding there until you go away."

    By Blogger JScarry, at 10:17 PM  

  • Very cool...several here I hadn't found before. Thanks for the updates, ABFH!

    By Blogger Bev, at 10:36 PM  

  • Holy cow. I can't see how Autism Speaks or its supporters can possibly compete with this tidal wave. I'd feel sorry for them, but the whole reason they're in this situation is that they tried to eradicate us and they're now paying the consequences!

    By Anonymous Sadderbutwisergirl, at 10:46 PM  

  • http://counteringageofautism.blogspot.com/2009/09/its-not-entity-that-steals-your.html

    Added a line by line deconstruction of the first part of the narration, since I was still perturbed with it.

    By Blogger Kim Wombles, at 12:11 AM  

  • There Sphere hit count seems to be a counting error. If you click on the subsequent pages (links at the bottom) you will see what I mean.

    By Blogger VAB, at 1:56 AM  

  • Another thing you can do is flag the Autism Speaks video on YouTube. Just say that it is hateful speech. I hope I am not sounding hopelessly naïve about this, but if enough people do this, I am sure YouTube will do something about it.

    By Anonymous rglovejoy, at 4:07 AM  

  • @rglovejoy: That sounds really awesome! If YouTube removes that video, then there will probably be a court battle between YouTube and Autism Speaks, in which the latter will inevitably alienate so many of its former supporters! Even if you don't think this could happen, it's the right thing to do and it probably might cause something big to happen.

    By Anonymous Sadderbutwisergirl, at 10:46 AM  

  • Absolutely disgusted by this video. Just completed my post on it here:

    By Blogger Mandassassin, at 12:04 AM  

  • Boy I wish I didn't have so much to do!! (and not "ouncess" like word verification seems to think! LOL!)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:35 AM  

  • @Mandassassin: The more, the merrier! Keep posting about that horrible video until they take it down!

    By Blogger TheWiredOne, at 7:37 PM  

  • Ooo.. I made the list. That's big list. I wish I had the time to read all of them. Perhaps if they were to think about things a little more, they'd realize they're tearing the Autism community apart.

    By Anonymous Melody, at 2:21 PM  

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