Autism Speaks should be collaborating more with Autistic adults who are willing to mentor Autistic youth (there are so many Autistic adults who are wanting to do this) from all over the autistic spectrum instead of promoting what they are doing now. However, Autism Speaks does not want to promote this nor have a board filled with both Autistic adults and their already Neurotypical people speaking without us. Everyone needs to be included and help move people along!! Instead they don’t think Autistic adults are capable of being included in the conversation and speak from their own feelings and thoughts. There are so many successful autistic adults now who want to help by mentoring, teaching, and enriching self-advocacy skills to the those who don’t have it yet. Let’s build a future for our diversified youth who are on the autistic spectrum by creating a better, more inclusive, and stronger education system that allows the youth from today to succeed as a future Autistic adult, who will use their skills to be in the career of their choice, and define themselves however they want to define themselves without others’ influences! It’s time for Autism Speaks to get wise to create better inclusive environments, safety, expansive education system, and allow anyone on the autistic spectrum to express their feelings and contribute too in more ways than one! Always remember “Nothing about us, without us!”
It’s time for Autism Speaks to listen!!