Beware of the Ribbons of Pity!

AMAZING AMAZING video made by Bev who runs Asperger Square 8 and who is counting down the days for Autism Awareness Month to be over! The video goes too fast for me to transcribe but it starts out saying Autism Awareness Month…BEWARE! It then begins to show ribbons, ribbons that say “My Burden” and all these other things. My favorite part is the sign that says WARNING: Beware of ignorance, lies, fears, “awareness”. Afterwards it lists organizations led by autistics who are doing FABULOUS things—everything that goes against everything you see on tv (Jenny McCarthy, Autism Speaks, etc.).:

I apologize for all the caps but it’s so refreshing to see activism and media that goes against what everyone thinks about autism and disabled people… especially the negative aspects of “awareness” (i.e. they never include a study on ableism but instead use medical models of disability, they tokenize disabled people, makes disability about individual instead of community, uses offensive “simulation” techniques, etc). Anyways, thanks Bev!


Filed under ableism, disability, links

3 responses to “Beware of the Ribbons of Pity!

  1. Bev certainly knows how to make a statement! 🙂

  2. Informative and entertaining!…if only more things were such ways!

  3. Thank you for posting this. My son has Asperger’s and Tourette’s and my knee-jerk and extremely gut-level, even angry refusal to wear “Autism Awareness” stuff this April has been explained so beautifully here. Much appreciated!

    PS Jenny McCarthy must die. I know, we all must die, someday. But I like to say it.

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