PRESS RELEASE FROM AUTISTIC SELF-ADVOCATES REGARDING THE COLOR THE SPECTRUM EVENT AND NEXT FOR AUTISM

Autistic Science Person

Color the Spectrum, a livestreaming fundraiser event organized by non-autistic people and involving prominent celebrities, is scheduled for Friday, April 30th 2021. The money collected through this fundraiser is set to go to NEXT for Autism, an organization that awards funding to other nonprofit organizations through a grant application process.

What may seem like a positive event on the surface has caused great distress and outcry in the autistic community. This is why:

1. The non-autistic organizers of this event sought no input from the autistic community and present themselves as voices for our community.

This represents and continues to perpetuate a decades-long history of non-autistic people speaking for and over autistic people.

2. Color the Spectrum is set to potentially raise millions of dollars for an organization that has a history of problematic and outright harmful attitudes and actions.

These include support and allocation of funds to…

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