Autism Speaks has consistently perpetuated harmful stereotypes about autistic people. If this club is really committed to helping autistic people and their families, they should listen to Autistic advocates and realize that Autism Speaks is harmful. Advocating for autistic people is an important issue, but doing it wrong is so much more harmful than not doing it at all.
The other day I saw a story stating that back in April of 2018, Sesame Place, the theme-park in Pennsylvania revolving around all things “Sesame Street,” is the first ever and possibly only autism friendly theme park. This term not only refers to the fact that the park has been made accessible for people of different abilities, but comes along with the guarantee that staff members of the park have received specialized training in working with children and adults whose needs may vary from those of the general population. This distinction exemplifies the mindset that family-friendly places and activities should have with regards to catering toward their clientele, but also raises the question: why is this a relatively uncommon certification?