It's all over the blogosphere. If you read autism blogs, I'm not sure you could miss it, even if you do what you can to actually avoid some of the sites, forum, and organizations that focus on fringe elements in the autism community. I pick my poisons fairly selectively: how much bad crap can I handle in a given day, and pretty much that's whatever Huff has on autism related and AoA. Any more than that, and I have hit maximum capacity. Oh, I'll stray over to some of the woo-sies' websites to see what they're doing, what they're bitching about, but usually I stay within a more positive blogosphere relating to parents of autistic children or to blogs by and for autistics.
So, I was doing my early morning round of blogs; I hit AoA and growled to see the puppy's part 2 on the Science Blogs. Then I hit LBRB and seriously got my fun meter pegged out. Between Mary's martyrdom and what can only be a Munchausen-by-proxy like need to subject her child to a daunting list of "treatments" and the unbelievably offensive Autism Speaks announcement, I was fired up and ready to go, with no time to get there. I fired off a quick email to Autism Speaks, though, to signal my intense disgust with the PSA and I encourage all readers, regardless of where you fall on the woometer, to do the same. Because if you think this video was okay, as I suspect some intense die-hard AoA fans will, you are seriously troubled.
The video is here, as well as embedded at several blogs: http://www.autismspeaks.org/press/united_nations_world_focus_on_autism_2009.php
The email address for Autism Speaks is email@example.com.
I don't know if it was intentional that Autism Speaks was trying to signal they are all about the warrior parents; this PSA makes it look like they are all about the martyr parents, because you know those parents will spend every dime, will do whatever they can, to "fix" their child. This isn't about autism awareness or it would have been done from the autistic's perspective and not the selfish, self-centered, inconvenienced, lazy martyr parents who are so incredibly disappointed that they didn't get the trouble-free, work-free trophy kid they were expecting. I'm not kidding, and I am not a bit sorry if that's harsh. I don't think that's all parents, I don't think that's most parents, but it is some parents. The loudest, whiney-est, why-me-God-dest, I have it worse than everyone, look-what-I've-had-to-sacrifice sorry sacks I have ever had the misfortune to read. By gosh, if I were Thelma or Louise, and I had the misfortune of being in the same room with one of these parents who see autism as an anthropomorphisized monster that has ruined their lives, I do believe I would use the big purses T and L carry with them and whack those sorry assed parents upside the head. I might hug them, because no doubt they are hurting, but I would tough love them back into reality with a swift swing of the mighty purse.