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Autism Speaks Inc

Rating: 1.72 stars   32 reviews 6,612

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1060 State Road 2nd Floor Princeton NJ 08540 USA

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At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Northwest Insurance Brokers is proud to team up with Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Company and donate to the Autism Speaks Inc. I personally want to say this is close to my heart with my niece having 3 boys with some form of Autism. So Amie this is in your behalf and your family.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

If I could rate AS with zero stars, I would. AS is generally hated by individuals with Autism as they ignore the voice of the very individuals they profess to speak for. The AS walks raise thousands of dollars in communities yet fail to return the funds to the very people who need it the most. Their executives make obscene salaries for a non-profit and not a single individual with Autism is on their board. Money donated will NOT benefit those with Autism nor will it benefit the families. This organization is a sham! Donate your hard earned money to ANYONE else!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This "nonprofit" spreads highly dangerous propaganda heavily prejudiced against autistic people. "Autism Speaks" is run by nigh-exclusively non-autistic people, and pushes an abusive and harmful "cure"-centric agenda, whereas the overwhelming majority of autistic people believe that a "cure" would amount to abusively removing the personalities of autistic people, or committing genocide with ableist motives. Very little money or effort is spent by these people trying to sincerely improve the lives of autistic people, and the organization still continues to spread unwarranted fear, hatred, and falsehoods of autism, and therefore, autistic people.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This group advocates for the eugenics of autistic people, tries to scare parents of autistic children through its ads, does not actually let autistic people speak as there are no autistic people on its board, and contributes very little of its donations to improving the lives of autistic children, teens, and adults.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Autism Speaks ignores autistic voices and exploits autistic people for personal gain. They do not care about the very people they claim to support and don't even have any autistic people on staff who can see them for what they really are. Autism Speaks hurts the autistic community through lies, exploitation and ultimately eugenics.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I wish I could give this "charity" zero stars! Autism Speaks is a hate group that uses almost all of its resources making money for themselves and supporting the dehumanization and torture (according to the UN) of Autistic people. People talk about the 4% statistic all the time to show that AS does not do enough for the community. I'd argue even less than that, since their idea of "support" includes supporting abusive "therapies" like ABA and organizations like the Judge Rotenburg Center that have been condemned by the UN multiple times. The recent appointment of 2 Autistic board members is one tiny step in the right direction, but it doesn't really change anything. They don't care and they don't listen (ironic, considering their slogan).
If you really want to help, please donate or volunteer for good Autism charities that fight ableism and dehumanization, such as the Autistic Self Advocacy Network or Autistic Women's Network.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This organization (it isn't really a charity) spends more time--and money!-- fearmongering than anything else. In addition, they advocate for the wiping out of an entire subset of people--those of us with autism.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I resigned from my position with Autism Speaks because of there lack of ethics. I have a brother with Autism and had high hopes of making a difference for him and other like him. I was sickened to find out that the attitude toward family members is just the opposite. Maybe because we see their greed. I remember when there were parents leading the organization but now the leaders in NY only care about the money to pay the salaries of their unqualified friends hired at the top to replace those undervalued parents. They don't want family on staff and they make that clear! Very disappointing! I would not give them a cent

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fire everyone at the top and hire more family members that have passion

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I had to come here to review Autism $peaks again because the cowards disabled their rating on Facebook when Autistic people spoke out about how dissatisfied they are with this so called "organization" who calls us broken and burdens. Autism $peaks does nothing but spread lies and silence autistics. We have had enough and WON'T be silenced any longer!!

 
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11 people found this review helpful

Autism Speaks does not speak for me! I have autism and can speak for myself. All Autism Speaks has done is dehumanize me and others with my condition (presenting us as burdens or as a "reverse lottery ticket"), and use its money and clout to crowd out and silence autistic charity organizations that are actually staffed by and supported by those with autism. If you really want to help those with Autism, start by boycotting Autism Speaks!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Insist on the presence of autistic people in meaningful positions, and that every movie and press release is screened for approval by those with autism to avoid a repeat of travesties like the film "I am Autism"

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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