I'm going to be extremely honest; there are some things about myself I don't like, and one of them is how I'm still angry and hurt over the Autism Speaks "Autism Every Day" video, especially the parts with Alison Singer. However, I understand that she's changed, left Autism Speaks, and started the Autism Science Foundation. Recognizing this, I am working towards healing the hurt I feel and beginning the process to forgive her. I hope that one day I'll be able to fully forgive her, and I am very glad that I've made this decision.
Because really, there needs to be more science-based knowledge about Autism, and I think that the Autism Science Foundation plays a key part in "providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research" and contributing to Autism Awareness.
They consider strict scientific standards and values to be essential in Autism research. This is crucial to understanding Autism as it makes as sure as possible that the results are accurate, and better understanding means better approaches and supports in our communities. Truly, this is one of the best gifts that can be given to families and individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Currently, ASF is raising funds with Recipes4Hope, and every dollar raised will go towards science-based Autism research dedicated to discovering better ways to recognize Autism and implement better supports and enhance the lives of Autistic persons.
With the hope of a better future for all Autistic persons, I encourage everyone to contribute as you wish, to donate if you can, and to spread the word as far as you can.