The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has voiced opposition to the President’s autism proclamation and participation in Autism Speaks’ “Light it Up Blue” Campaign. The President’s support for the biomedical approach to autism is oppressive to the autistic community.
“…the current research agenda is already heavily and disproportionately skewed towards biomedical research and away from the research that has the most potential to help autistic people. In 2012, the last year for which data is available, 55% of NIH autism research funding went towards research on the biology or causation of autism. Less than 2% of NIH autism funding went towards research on services, and less than 1% went towards research on the needs of autistic people across the lifespan. The President’s emphasis on medical treatment and “cure” threatens to narrow those tiny slivers of the pie chart even further – and his plan to cut funding to the NIH will certainly shrink the size of the pie.”