Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization for people with autism, recently marked its 10th anniversary by asking its social media followers to comment on what the organization has done in its decade of existence.
While it got some praise, according to BuzzFeed News, it largely got backlash for its statements to parents of autistic children that autism is a severe condition that can cause bankruptcy, cause parents’ marriages to fail and “can rob you of your children and your dreams.”
The news site quoted NLU Assistant Professor Elizabeth Grace as saying that while she was a handful as a child, “I’m glad my parents got through that. But at least no one was telling them that they were going to get divorced and their life was over.”
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