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Tell PETA to stop exploiting the autistic community

1,286 Signatures Goal: 5,000

Recently, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) launched a new ad campaign entitled, “Got Autism”, misleadingly implying that the consumption of milk is associated with the cause of the autism spectrum. We, individuals on the autism spectrum, family members, professionals and supporters, call on PETA to remove these advertisements as they provide poor information to the public about the nature of the autism spectrum and contribute to stigma and misinformation about our existences. Autism is a developmental disability of predominantly genetic origin affecting millions of Americans. It includes a series of impairments in social interaction and communication, executive functioning, sensory processing, and motor skills. Adults and children on the autism spectrum often require substantial supports, services and education across the lifespan. By misinforming the public about autism, PETA joins a long line of unscrupulous groups that have sought to try and spread fear about autism as a means of pushing their particular agendas. Attempts such as these treat individuals with disabilities as pawns in the efforts of other constituencies. By refusing to acknowledge the right of the autistic community to be referred to with respect instead of as the focus of public hysteria, PETA contributes to a state of affairs which marginalizes the disability community. People with disabilities, our families and our supporters deserve better than the exploitation and fear-mongering that comes about when disability is used as a means of scaring the general populace. For millions across the globe, the answer to PETA’s “Got Autism” question is an unequivocal yes. That should not spell the end of our lives or prevent us from being fully included throughout society. By exploiting us, PETA becomes a culprit in the social forces that marginalize people with disabilities and lead to the discrimination and prejudice that truly disable us.

Sponsor

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a non profit organization run by and for autistics. Our leadership is made up entirely of self-advocates on the autism spectrum. We also have members from other neurodiverse groups as well as neurotypical family members, professionals, educators and friends. ASAN was created to improve the representation of the autistic community in public policy discussions as well as to advance the autistic culture movement. We work to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while educating policymakers and communities about the autism spectrum.

Links

http://www.autisticadvocacy.org
  • Cheree waters
    Cheree waters Australia, Wentworthville
    Jun 24, 2015
    Jun 24, 2015
    Exploiting the Autistic community for their selfish motives.
  • Phoebe
    Phoebe United Kingdom, London
    May 31, 2015
    May 31, 2015
    I am a vegan animal rights activist and i also work with kids who have autism and this is totally wrong! Please don't use autism as a scare tactic. I would hate for children to see this! It is hurtful and i am disgusted that you would stoop so low.
  • gen agustsson
    gen agustsson United States, Torrance
    May 15, 2015
    May 15, 2015
    Please respect autism now!
  • Maggie McGervey
    Maggie McGervey United States, Sandpoint
    Apr 23, 2015
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    Apr 23, 2015
    I am a mother with a thirteen year old son with autism. In general I am a supporter of PETA. I was so disturbed by hearing of your new campaign. How dare you target all of the wonderful children and adults who are living with this disorder. This disorder already carries with it a tremendous fear and stigma in our society. If it did not then you would not be using "Got Autism?" billboards. We that face the heartache and discrimination every single day of our lives will not stand for this bigotry. Shame on you PETA. Remove the Billboard or you will see. "Got Class-Action Suit?"
    I would also like to see a public apology for this heinous marketing ploy that was created to sell your own form of ideological misfits. Remove the Petition.
    Make a public apology.
    Regain the respect of so many who were devastated by this discriminating and cruel message.
    Proud to be mother to a beautiful young man with ASD.
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