By the evidence of that photograph, and in the accompanying text, this “new decade for autism” is going to be minus autistic people.
Suzanne Wright closed the evening with a message of hope: “We are walking toward a future of hope, a future of promise, and a future when autism is not a daily struggle for millions of families but a word for the history books.”
The fundraiser was accounted ”a huge success, raising over $2 million to benefit children with autism”–not autistic adults.
Apparently, Autism Speaks thinks that they are not part of the “future of hope.”
Mrs. Wright, and Mr. Wright, the future is already here. Autistic children grow up to become autistic adults, just as my lovely son Charlie is growing up. Before I know it, he will be an autistic teenager. Charlie is the future–a future with autism–a future you, Mr. and Mrs. Wright need to open up your eyes, and your organization, to.