Yes, April is Autism awareness month. Yes, we all want to do our part to help solve this crazy 1 in 88 statistic. But beware before you make any donations. There are many Autism non profits out there, and some are great and completely legit, however, some are not. I’ll first fill you in on one organization that seems to NOT be supportive of Autism. The Thinking Moms Revolution is my new favorite following. They seem to know their stuff and are at the forefront of the Autism battle. This portion is from today’s blog. To read the whole article, The Blue Hurricane, go to http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/2012/04/09/the-blue-hurricane-2/
“Blue. Everywhere blue. Buildings downtown. T-Shirts. Toys-R-Us and every chain restaurant in you neighborhood. Everyone is Lighting It Up Blue for Autism. ”Care to donate for autism research?” Your waitress with shiny blue salon manicured nails asks. “You know autism is just a terrible disease. Those poor kids. You wanna help the kids, right?” She bats her blue mascaraed lashes.
During this month, the powers that be ask us to simply be aware of autism. Don’t do anything. Well, if you’ve got some cash to donate for “research”, you can certainly fork that over, but don’t ask us who it’s going to or what we are going to do with it. You probably wouldn’t understand it anyway. Autism science is super complex mom and dad. You’ve got your hands full with junior anyway. Leave the science to the experts. Just keep the faith that the money you give us is going to help the kids. Probably not this generation, the previous, or the next even…but someday maybe someone will be helped. Perhaps. Possibly.
This, in a nutshell, is the Light It Up Blue Campaign. Celebrities, fanfare. Lots and lots of big corporate sponsors. Parties. All in the name of helping the children.”
This was eye opening to me, since I am participating in an Autism Speaks walk May 19th, organized by some therapists. I may have to rethink participating in the walk after watching this video.
All the Autism blogs of knowledgeable moms advocate for Autism One (autismone.org) and Generation Rescue (generationrescue.org). For quality, up to the minute Autism information, these are the sources I go to.