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(Some autistic farker)   Autism Speaks, a charity that claims to speak for autistic people sues 14-year-old autistic kid when she starts a parody website about autistic people being able to speak for themselves. K-Mart sucks   (aspiesforfreedom.com) divider line 290
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2008-01-21 05:28:09 PM
I'd say that's close to Ironic.
 
2008-01-21 05:38:45 PM
Getting greenlit on Fark will help.... Somebody here will help.
 
2008-01-21 05:39:48 PM
30 lawyers descended on this kid? Methinks this Autism Speaks isn't as much of a charity as they claim ;)
 
2008-01-21 05:41:32 PM
+1 for charity. Hope the greenlight will help her.
 
2008-01-21 05:42:32 PM
stpauler: +1 for charity. Hope the greenlight will help her.

Wait, that didn't come out right. +1 to help her. -1 for "Autism speaks". But that doesn't work either. I'm going to STFU now.
 
2008-01-21 05:43:22 PM
SpinStopper: 30 lawyers descended on this kid? Methinks this Autism Speaks isn't as much of a charity as they claim ;)

Yes, I thought that rather odd myself.
 
2008-01-21 05:45:18 PM
I'm a nanny for an autistic child. Great kid. I asked him last year what he was going to be for Halloween...


He looked at me like I was the biggest idiot in the world and said, "A costume!"


/Love that kid.
 
2008-01-21 05:47:47 PM
 
2008-01-21 05:49:34 PM
PetuniaPumpkin: I'm a nanny for an autistic child. Great kid. I asked him last year what he was going to be for Halloween...


He looked at me like I was the biggest idiot in the world and said, "A costume!"


/Love that kid.


HAHAHAHAHA! Great story ;)
 
2008-01-21 05:50:05 PM
*raises hand*

Umm.
What does K-Mart have to do with anything?
 
2008-01-21 05:51:26 PM
I have a kid with autism, so I'm getting a kick out of all these replies....


...no, really, I do.

Here's what I've found in living for nearly 13 years with a son who has autism. Kids with autism are just like other kids in that they can be just as wonderful, or just as awful as the next 'normal' kid. Some are lucky enough to be very close to their peers academically and socially, some are just a bit awkward, and some struggle desperately for something resembling a normal life.

....but, autism or not, they're kids, and they deserve a good start in life.

Here's what I've found in dealing with autism support services -

Some are wonderful, some are less than useful, and some are complete charlatans. They've found ways to make money off of government/social agencies who are at a loss with how to deal with these kids (and adults), and parents/families, who are desperate for ANYTHING that might have a chance of working. This kid made the (naive) mistake of ticking off someone who, despite their not-for-profit status, makes money off of autism. So, you can bet they're going to sic the lawyers on the kid. Money is the issue here, not free speech or (gasp!) Helping people with autism.
 
2008-01-21 05:51:40 PM
SilentStrider: *raises hand*

Umm.
What does K-Mart have to do with anything?


Uh ohhhhh, time for Wapner
 
2008-01-21 06:01:08 PM
I don't know. Isn't a distinction usually made between 'autism spectrum disorders' like Asbergers and full-on autism? My cousin Israel is autistic and he's completely locked inside himself. Classic sit-in-a-corner-and-rock stereotype, which is tragic for his dad (my aunt's husband, a gifted musician and composer). It took him years before he finally realized that there was no magic bullet to make Israel normal again.
 
2008-01-21 06:08:56 PM
SilentStrider: *raises hand*

You owe it to yourself to see this movie ASAP.
 
2008-01-21 06:10:39 PM
kokomo61: some are just a bit awkward, and some struggle desperately for something resembling a normal life.

....but, autism or not, they're kids, and they deserve a good start in life.


My life, every day. Mine is grown, still lives here. Tried to live on his own three times now, still wants to. Can't get much help, because 'borderline asbergers' doesn't seem to be very high on the assistance scale.

//can't even get some places to return my calls
 
2008-01-21 06:15:40 PM
I have Asperger's Syndrome, so I'm really getting a kick out of most of these replies...
 
2008-01-21 06:22:48 PM
Zoinks!: You owe it to yourself to see this movie ASAP.

*puts that on his movie list*
 
2008-01-21 06:24:50 PM
Man, did anybody bother to read page 2 comments? Apparently the kid is transgendered, TOO! Wow

Kokomo61:

My nephew is autistic. Raise holy hell with your local school board, like my mother did, and they will reveal their well hidden services for which you pay via taxes, and very much deserve. FWIW
 
2008-01-21 06:42:58 PM
When you can help it, try to avoid having people speak for you. They tend to screw things up.
 
2008-01-21 06:43:50 PM
SpinStopper: 30 lawyers descended on this kid? Methinks this Autism Speaks isn't as much of a charity as they claim ;)

I looked 'em up on www.charitynavigator.org and couldn't find them.

/seems fishy to me
 
2008-01-21 06:44:20 PM
The lady who founded Autism Speaks is one of those crazy nuts who also believes that vaccinations cause autism.
 
2008-01-21 06:44:22 PM
unless the 14 year old is actually correct, his should be some very " intersting " if not unintelligble court testimoney.
 
2008-01-21 06:45:11 PM
Chariset: I don't know. Isn't a distinction usually made between 'autism spectrum disorders' like Asbergers and full-on autism? My cousin Israel is autistic and he's completely locked inside himself. Classic sit-in-a-corner-and-rock stereotype, which is tragic for his dad (my aunt's husband, a gifted musician and composer). It took him years before he finally realized that there was no magic bullet to make Israel normal again.

Maybe they should dismantle the security fence.
 
2008-01-21 06:45:47 PM
Sybilll: Man, did anybody bother to read page 2 comments? Apparently the kid is transgendered, TOO! Wow



Pics or it didn't happen!
Yeah, I went there.
 
2008-01-21 06:45:53 PM
Does anyone have a kid who *doesn't* have some form of autism?

Bueller? Bueller?
 
2008-01-21 06:46:47 PM
SilentStrider: *raises hand*

Umm.
What does K-Mart have to do with anything?


Ever see the movie Rain Man?
 
2008-01-21 06:47:36 PM
SpinStopper: 30 lawyers descended on this kid?

img2.travelblog.org

It's more likely than you think.
 
2008-01-21 06:47:47 PM
"Non-profit" only means that the organization can't have a profit on the books at the end of the year, it doesn't mean that there isn't a shiatload of money flowing in the direction of the people the run the thing.
 
2008-01-21 06:48:53 PM
At least the kid finds humor in her condition, and I give her props for that.

I have to guess that donations for Autism Speaks were down, hence the need for the lawsuit.
 
2008-01-21 06:49:28 PM
Chariset: It took him years before he finally realized that there was no magic bullet to make Israel normal again.

...how many regular bullets got used before he figured that out? I keed, I keed.
 
Esn
2008-01-21 06:51:47 PM
It's very sad to see that the company got what they wanted after all.

Copyright wasn't an issue here; parody is very clearly protected by fair use laws (why wasn't Mel Brooks sued for making Spaceballs?)
 
2008-01-21 06:52:33 PM
Autistics vs. Autistics... it would have been like the special olympics of litigation...
 
2008-01-21 06:52:59 PM
SilentStrider: *raises hand*

Umm.
What does K-Mart have to do with anything?


Coach K(-Mart)?
 
2008-01-21 06:53:13 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_Speaks#Controversies

Autism Speaks sponsored and distributes the video Autism Every Day, produced by Lauren Thierry and Eric Solomon.[9] Thierry has accused Autism Speaks of appropriating her film for their own purposes.[10] In the video, Alison Tepper Singer, senior vice-president of Autism Speaks, tells within earshot of her autistic daughter that she considered driving off a bridge with the daughter in the car.[11] Some disability rights leaders fear the video may lead to murder or suicide, by convincing people that raising autistic children is unbearable; for example, on May 13, 2006, Katherine McCarron, a three-year-old autistic girl, was murdered by her mother.[12]


Autism Speaks can go fark themselves.

/has Asperger's Syndrome
 
2008-01-21 06:53:47 PM
//

I have Aspergers, so I never use cliches properly in social situations.

/I get a kick out of writing stuff on the internet.
 
2008-01-21 06:54:01 PM
If a kid can create a website . . . he/she is NOT autistic. I worked my way through college working with SLPs and behavior therapists, mostly aiding autistic kids. In something like 80% of autism cases, there is some degree of mental retardation that accompanies the autistic behaviors. Most of these so-called "autistic" kids these days are the result of helicopter parents banging down the doors of every doctor in town until they find one who says little Jimmy is actually autsitic, not just a little shiathead.
 
2008-01-21 06:54:57 PM
extras.mnginteractive.com

Somebody wants to have a word with subby.
 
2008-01-21 06:54:58 PM
I am autistic and have two autistic children (8 & 9) so am really getting a kick out of these replies
 
2008-01-21 06:56:56 PM
MeanJean

Autism Speaks sponsored and distributes the video Autism Every Day, produced by Lauren Thierry and Eric Solomon.[9] Thierry has accused Autism Speaks of appropriating her film for their own purposes.[10] In the video, Alison Tepper Singer, senior vice-president of Autism Speaks, tells within earshot of her autistic daughter that she considered driving off a bridge with the daughter in the car.[11] Some disability rights leaders fear the video may lead to murder or suicide, by convincing people that raising autistic children is unbearable; for example, on May 13, 2006, Katherine McCarron, a three-year-old autistic girl, was murdered by her mother.[12]

Autism Speaks can go fark themselves.

/has Asperger's Syndrome


Wow. :O

"Give generously, help parents live with their mongoloid offspring!"
 
2008-01-21 06:57:09 PM
Wasn't there a South Park episode about this?

Not to threadjack, but this is burning me. Who is that in the picture WhiteFalcon79 posted? I see her in random threads, and I'd like to be in on the joke, if possible.

/please?
//end threadjack
 
2008-01-21 06:57:39 PM
Oh mylanta
 
2008-01-21 06:57:42 PM
When asked for comment, she replied: HURMNNNNNNNGLLRRRRRRRRR

i73.photobucket.com
 
2008-01-21 06:58:00 PM
I think the spectrum has become so broad a whole lot of diagnosed have "unique" conditions to the extent that the host disorder of Autism gets unfortunately called into question. Special Needs? Nah, Special Education. If a parent is unwilling to accept their child genuinely needs Special Education then I think there's a chance (short of delusional, which is always a possibility with one or two parents) that the condition might not be as debilitating as made out to be. Late bloomer. No bloomer.

Consider my general gist of things relative to the slang excuse of "Oh, I'm OCD about stuff like that" or "It's my OCD kicking in" often being said by distinctly non-OCD symptomatic people trying to justify something, be it a quirk, shortcoming, or just being a convenient out.

Coincidentally, anybody else in Texas notice Kroger setting the example for all grocery stores in hiring mentally handicapped personnel? It's one thing to bring in "the illegals are takin our jobssss" rationale, but I recall a good staff of local 15 year olds being baggers / cart gophers / etc. They wore red polo shirts (in contrast to uniform white) and had to follow labor laws about going off the clock no later than 6pm on a weeknight.

I understand the need for the handicapped to make a buck for gummy LifeSavers or whatever, but somebody in the corporate world discovered a way to cut out the youth working at low brain power with the disabled working at max...in turn, to me it seems like one of the "coming of age" jobs has all but vanished. I've noticed this all over the DFW metroplex, even in the store where I got my first break at 16 as a cashier.

/Yay let's all talk about the dimmest bulbs
//I'd rather my tax dollars went to gifted & talented programs, so the vision of Bill Hicks may one day be actualized...
///And I feel it's my duty to pass on information at all times, so that we can all learn, evolve, and get the fark off this planet.
 
2008-01-21 06:58:35 PM
Wrong rockman55. Autism is a spectrum disorder - not all kids are as bad off as some of the others. I worked with autistic kids for 2 years, and some of them were definitely capable of creating websites. Others weren't capable of being toilet-trained. It totally depends on the individual.
 
2008-01-21 06:59:12 PM
tuna fingers: Somebody wants to have a word with subby.

who is that?
 
2008-01-21 06:59:56 PM
somamoons: The lady who founded Autism Speaks is one of those crazy nuts who also believes that vaccinations cause autism.

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2008-01-21 07:00:12 PM
fark shiat HORSEPISS SON OF A TWO-BALLED biatch MOTHERfarkER
 
2008-01-21 07:00:57 PM
Cubs300 - the word on the street is that she's just the wife of some random Farker, who mistakenly posted a photo of her in a thread after other Farkers prodded him to.
 
2008-01-21 07:01:55 PM
sp0rk_of_psychosis:
I understand the need for the handicapped to make a buck for gummy LifeSavers or whatever, but somebody in the corporate world discovered a way to cut out the youth working at low brain power with the disabled working at max...in turn, to me it seems like one of the "coming of age" jobs has all but vanished.

Vanished... unless, you know, you're one of the mentally handicapped people who suddenly has a job they can do, in return for a bona fide paycheck. That kind of shiat goes a long way to making them feel like, you know, real people.
 
2008-01-21 07:02:04 PM
kuaq: tuna fingers: Somebody wants to have a word with subby.

who is that?


K-Mart (Kenyon Martin)
 
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