By Ibby of Tiny Grace Notes
Congress is getting ready to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act, and I hope they don’t. I’d rather have them write a real thing that does what people meant for this one to do when they accidentally voted it in, back in 2005.
I’m tired of politicians and fake charities tricking everyone.
This act says it helps us and our families.
But if you ask my mother, she will not say preventing me from being born would have helped her. My father is glad I was born, too. I think my brother and sister are also pretty happy about this thing of me existing instead of being never-born. Don’t get my wife started on this topic, unless you want to find out what an irate Scot looks like.
However, the vast majority of research money for “Combating Autism” under this act is ear-marked for prevention of us. Preventing families doesn’t really help families, when you think about it.
If I had not been born, my children would not have been born.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network reports:
Of the $217 million NIH spends on autism research, only 1.5% goes towards the needs of adults and 2.4% towards improving services. We can do better. Will you help by signing our petition telling Congress to reform CAA and to stop combating people on the autism spectrum and families? You can find it HERE. (Please click and sign!)
Some people think “Combating Autism” is the wrong name for this act, because it is helping us instead of fighting us. But I think it is being pretty honest about what it is.
It is fighting against us instead of trying to help us. I can respect the honesty. But I would prefer respect and real help for real people. I prefer being treated as a real person.
Please, readers, will you sign the petition and ask them to stop combating me and people like me?