Shh...Mum is Thinking

Thursday, August 03, 2006

You are Cordially NOT Invited

Does anyone else out there feel extremely uncomfortable at news like this?
2006/08/01/island_party_funds_fight_against_autism/ (broken link)

Island party funds fight against autism

August 1, 2006

Nantucket nabobs feted NBC Universal bigshot Bob Wright and his wife, Suzanne, at the American Ireland Fund's cocktail party over the weekend. The power couple were commended for their ``Autism Speaks" initiative, a campaign they founded to find a cure for the undeclared epidemic. (The Wrights' 5-year-old grandson, Christian, is autistic.) ``Autism knocked on the wrong door," said Suzanne Wright. Not only did Deutsche Bank managing director Bart Grenier host Sunday's shindig at his Eel Point manse, but he ponied up $15,000 for the right not to address the assembled elite. Chaired by ``Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert and his wife, ``Vanity Fair" correspondent Maureen Orth, the posh party was attended by NBC White House correspondent David Gregory and his wife, Fannie Mae executive VP Beth Wilkinson, ``Hardball" host Chris Matthews and his wife, DC news anchor Kathleen Matthews, former PBS poobah Pat Mitchell, actor John Shea, Irish ambassador to the United States Noel Fahey, Democratic consultant Bob Crowe, Fidelity Investments vice chair Bob Reynolds, Boston Capital CEO Jack Manning, ``Cheers" owner Tom Kershaw, and model Hollis Colby. The event raised more than $100,000.

And look, they raised $100,000 for Autism Speaks! Bless their little cocktail guzzling hearts, ain't that grand.

I wonder how much of that will go to actually do something helpful for autistic people, and how much will go into research to make sure we don't exist anymore.

Do you suppose there were any autistic people there?

Oh, yeah, that's right, it was a party to FIGHT AGAINST autism...I guess that means we're not invited.

I think my blood pressure is going up.


At 5:34 AM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Bonnie Ventura said...

Gareth (admin of Aspies for Freedom) looked through the financials of Autism Speaks and couldn't find any services whatsoever. All the money is going to salaries, marketing, and eugenics research.

At 6:17 AM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Dave said...

"Oh, yeah, that's right, it was a party to fight AGAINST autism... I guess that means we're not invited."

Thank you for your honest commentary, I think you are spot on!

At 12:07 PM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Darren Hemsley said...

"Autism knocked on the wrong door"

Must... fight.... rising ... blood pressure

Sorry about that but purleease, like autism's some kind of all purpose supervillain to be defeated by the Great And Good (GAG) of America, maybe they's be better off fighting a real defeatable threat that wants to be defeated, like say poverty, but of course when poverty knocks on the wrong door it tends to get cold shouldered, as it can't be easily pinned to some shysters simplistic scientific quackery.

I'm officially annoyed about this...

At 8:17 PM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Kathy said...

What foolish people! What eats me up M.i.T is the money raised from that shindig. What a waste. That money could be better utilized to help our autistic kids to learn and cope better in this world. Instead of trying to wipe autistics off the face of the earth!!!!!

When will THEY realize autistics are people too, and they have rights like anyone else.......

Really ... Just makes me sick to the stomach.

At 2:54 AM, August 04, 2006, Blogger Mum is Thinking said...

That doesn't surprise me, Bonnie. NAAR was much the same, if anything it seems it's gotten worse since they joined with Autism Speaks. I wonder how many companies who donate money realise autistic people will not benefit from those donations.

Hi Dave, thanks for stopping by--hope you don't mind if I add your blog to my favourites list. I love finding a new autism blog!

Darren, I hate that quote too. I hope your keyboard is okay :-)

I understand how you feel, though. Ya know what's really bugging me? They could be doing something good and helpful for autistic people, but instead it's all smoke screen to fund research that could hurt us a LOT. And it doesn't seem like anyone is calling them out on it, at least in ways that is doing any good (maybe blogging helps, but not in the real life ways we need).

I don't even know what we could do that would be helpful, though, other protesting at their functions.

Kathy, you are SO right! That money could go to help in so many ways, it's NEEDED...every cent that goes towards some special interest research is taking money away from areas where autistics need real life help. It's just wrong!

At 3:15 AM, August 04, 2006, Blogger Sharon said...

I just looked up the organisation, 'American Ireland'. It raises money to help grassroots projects in Ireland, north and south. The money (from what I looked at) is going to good causes; eg, they supported the Special Olympics when it was held in Ireland 3 years ago (and a BIG success too).

What the hell are they doing funding, and lauding, this shower, spreading their fear and ignorance?!

This Autism Speaks group is very, very big and scary.
It is utterly disgusting, how their funds are spent.

At 4:58 AM, August 05, 2006, Blogger Mum is Thinking said...

Sharon, I share your feelings, this organisation gives me the chills.

Wouldn't it have been better for that money to have gone towards Special Olympics? At least some autistic kids would have gotten something useful out of it that way.

At 5:30 AM, August 14, 2006, Blogger Fore Sam said...

After we cure all of you, none of you will want to revert to being autistic.

At 3:46 AM, August 16, 2006, Blogger Mum is Thinking said...

ForeSam, I think you already know your 'cure' is a sham. If you weren't so blinded by greed hoping to sue the company that created your child's vaccine you'd be a lot quicker to see the evidence in front of you.

Furthermore, I already stated that I don't welcome curbie foolishness on my blog. This was written specifically with you in mind:

What part of "Stay away" do you not understand?

My blog does not welcome people who bully and make fun of autistic children and adults.

You are not welcome here.


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