The #YouCantBeAutistic survey closed August 18 at 7 pm EDT as planned.
The following is an email I sent to Anne Frank Center leadership today.
As of right now, the survey has 2,026 responses. I’d guess at least 1,500 of those aren’t duplicates, but I can’t be sure yet.
A potential respondent commented on the lack of an ethics statement for the #YouCantBeAutistic survey. I’m not a professional researcher and hadn’t even considered that this might be requested, but I did some Googling and have cobbled together my own version of an ethics statement.
The first time someone told me, “You Can’t Be Autistic,” I was 21. It was 2007, and I was partway through undergoing formal diagnostic testing for DSM-4-defined “Asperger’s Disorder“.
So. Look. I am, in fact, Autistic. I am qualified to speak about Rosie O’Donnell’s inappropriate, unwarranted, and frankly disgusting speculation about Barron Trump’s neurotype.
It's weird knowing there are people who aren't terrified of the future, too. People who know they're going to be fine. Very weird. — Eb (@erabrand) November 14, 2016 I tweeted that a little bit ago. And then I started thinking, “What do I want the people who aren’t terrified to know? What do I […]
Autism Speaks. I’m not going to mince words. I hate Autism Speaks. I hate their message, I hate their bad science, and I hate that they have so much power and reach.