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Voices: Emily Willingham

  • Posted on November 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Emily Willingham wrote this heart-felt piece published by Forbes.

Usually, when I land on a Forbes page it’s because I’m researching a piece for a client. Forbes is a fount of respectable business information. But this time I landed on a piece decrying Autism Speaks. In Forbes. That’s gotta hurt!

Apparently Suzanne Wright penned a little missive that pissed Emily off and Forbes is quite the platform for a scathing response like this:

“It’s odd that Wright would argue so strongly for supports given that, according to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network [their statement on Autism Speaks is here], her own organization in 2010 devoted only 4% of its budget to “Family service” grants. And Autism Speaks’ track record on inclusion of the very people it claims to represent was limited, at best, and now has returned to nonexistent.”

I am trying to be more respectful of the wider community of voices and generally I do a pretty good job of it. But I can’t help but take pleasure in reading Emily’s Forbes-worthy critique of the “science” and untenable position of Autism Speaks.