Controversial Video from Autism Speak

This is a very controversial video from “Autism Speaks”. I’M BY NO MEANS ADVOCATING THIS VIDEO. I’m not sure how I feel about it.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDdcDlQVYtM]

I guess I have mixed feelings. On one hand I think it makes a good point making autism out to be a predator of our kids. Because the truth is it acts that way. Some people effected by autism are very high functioning and successful. I hope that this video was focusing on those without a voice of their own. I don’t think that they made demons out of autistic kids if you really listen. I think the narrator is supposed to be autism talking about what he has done, is doing or will do to our kids. The fact is that even the strongest marriage will be tested under the stress of living with autism. A good portion will fail but not all. This is similar to any chronic disorder in a family unit.

On the other hand I think they used the videos in the first half of the video poorly. People could very easily infer that the voice is referring to the kids in the video as autism. I don’t think that was their intent but it appears to have had that effect on many people. I think this was meant to have shock value and I think they came across wrong. I can see how some people see this as exploiting the people living with autism.

The fact is that we are all fighting for the same thing. We want to give them the best chance at life we can.  With autism involved it can be next to impossible. If nothing else this video got people talking. We need that.

I’m very curious to see what you guys think of this video. Please let me know what you think.

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Marc

Very mixed feelings……..I understand them wanting to make people effected with autism seem like we are all fighters, but the truth of the matter is that most of us are doing all we can just to get by…….what chice do we have?? The way i see it is that the problem is so much larger then everyone first thought, and its going to be quite a problem when our kids all grow up without the resources they are going to need.What happens then? The reality is more like the first part of the video i'm afraid…its a fight that,as of right now, i don't feel like we can win.(i'm sorry if that is to negetive,but its how i feel) If you ask me, the way to get peoples attention is to somehow make them see what living with autism is really like…..not just the little tidbits that are put out there. I don't think that the public has any idea what autism is all about at all.I don't want to see anyone exploited, but if people were to see how autism effects the lives of all involved,it would be a great eye opener. We piss away so much money on stupid stuff, like worring if king james is staying in Cleveland or not…….WHO CARES??? not me, unless he can walk on water or cure autism, WHO CARES? I'd be glad to elaborate on this subject, but i'm sure i would offend some people and thats not what i'm trying to do.Priorities……., those who determine where the big money is spent,better get it right.

Nikky

I agree… the beginning could have been done better. The overall message is one that I would agree with – from having watched your family over the past couple of years. I still think that it could have been put together in a way that wasn't so "choppy". In otherwords the videography could have been set up differently.

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