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An organization called reel girls speaks out against injustice including sexism, racism, and abelism. They encourage girls to get into technology fields by making videos to speak out against these injustices.
Recently they ran a camp called Dis this which speaks out against abelism and educated the youth on disabilities.
Here they critique an Autism Speaks commercial.
I have mixed feelings about this.
I think the autism commercial they were commenting on was harsh and did seem to paint all kids with autism with a broad brush in a very negative way. It definitely bothered me. However, I don't think it was ever intended for a youth audience. As harsh as it was, it did speak to the realities that many families dealing with autism face.
And I think the girls response to it, however well intentioned, was also painting with a broad brush. They seemed to imply that having autism (or any disability) is no big deal and that nothing in the video was true. Everything I saw in the video was something that I know is true for some families. For the girls to imply that those statements are entirely false, I think, contributes just as much to the misunderstandings about autism as the original video does.
Living with a disability is not easy and if we want people to be understanding and compassionate then I think we need to be honest about all of it. The joys and the challenges. The similarities and the differences.