Why I #BoycottAutismSpeaks By Lei

Crusading Against Hate: Why I #BoycottAutismspeaks

By Lei Wiley-Mydske
Originally posted HERE

The reason I speak out against Autism Speaks is because I love my Autistic son.  I love him so much that he has forced me to love myself too.  If you are not Autistic or otherwise Disabled, you might not know what it is like to grow up with these messages of hate and fear and people treating you like you’re nothing but a horrible burden on society.

You hear about what you cost, you hear about how if you could just act a little less Autistic, people would like you so much more.  Even those of us who grew up without a name for what made us different….we felt it too.

So you start to lie.  You pretend that if you just keep trying, you can be as normal as everyone else.  And you work so damn hard at it.  They put you…

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