Wednesday, July 2, 2014

@SesameWorkshop - don't be a hate group

My contribution to the #EducateSesame flashblog: @SesameWorkshop - don't be a hate group

"Dear Sesame Workshop:

There are about 7 million autistic people in the United States. Well over 100 million worldwide. None of those people, their children, their allies, or their allies' children will be able to watch Sesame Street if it is a source of anti-autistic hate speech. Hate speech is all you have to offer if you get your information from a hate group, which is what Autism Speaks is. If you wanted to promote messages of racial tolerance, you wouldn't partner with the Ku Klux Klan. Autistic people are uniquely qualified to offer information about autism, but Autism Speaks actively excludes them. So flip the Big Bird at them and instead partner with the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, an organization run by autistic people themselves."

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