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Why is Autism Speaks on the PayPal Giving Fund home page?

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elinei
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On the PayPal Giving Fund home page, there are links to five highlighted charities as well as several categories where you can explore charities that may represent your interests. I was surprised to see Autism Speaks among the few chosen for the highlighted spots, as I have long known it to be a controversial and problematic organization in the autism community.

 

Issues include:

* Failing to include people with autism in its leadership and decision-making

* Depicting people with autism as damaged or broken

* Questionable financial practices

 

Please reconsider using this highly visible spot to promote a charity that many people with autism feel does not represent them or contribute to their well-being.

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