Sunday, October 17, 2010

November 6, 2010: Join Autistic Activists Against Autism Speaks

Members of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network will be demonstrating against Autism Speaks' Walk for Autism on Saturday November 6th on the National Mall from 8:00am - 1:00pm.

Autistic Activists and their allies across the disability community will carry signs and distribute fliers to walk participants between 14th & 15th Streets and Jefferson & Madison Drives.

The National Mall demonstration is part of a series of demonstrations being held across the United States this autumn. This demonstration is intended to draw walk participants' attention to Autism Speaks' lack of representation for those it claims to serve; its exploitative advertising and fundraising practices which compare having a child with Autism to being in a fatal situation, and the failure of Autism Speaks to spend money in ways that help Autistic people across the life-span.

Please join local Autistic Activists demonstrating against the upcoming Autism Speaks' Walk for Autism Charity Fundraiser on November 6th. All prospective demonstration attendees are encouraged to bring their families and friends, the more people that support us the better!

We will start to gather at 8am between 14th & 15th Streets and Jefferson & Madison Drives. All who plan to attend are encouraged to bring a demonstration sign with them, please make a large sign with a slogan such as: Nothing About Us Without Us!, I am A Person, Not A Puzzle!, or Autism Speaks Does Not Speak For Us!

All those who plan to attend the demonstration, please send an email to so that we know who to expect.