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Protesters claim an autism advocacy group is doing more harm than good

Last Updated Sep 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm PDT

(Kristin Woodhouse, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Controversy at a walk for autism in Burnaby

Demonstrators against Autism Speaks are taking issue with the way the organisation is run

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A walk organized at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium to raise money forĀ Autism Speaks was met with more than a bit of opposition today.

Alanna Whitney with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network says the activities of the charity are quite horrifying when you dig a little deeper

They have no autistic people on their board of directors, no autistic people in leadership positions, management positions. They did have one autistic person on their board of directors [but] he quit because they wouldn’t listen to anything he said,” she explains.

Whitney adds very little money raised by the autism advocacy group actually goes to supporting people with the disorder, and claims the group’s website promotes unacceptable behavioural treatments.