Happy Autistic Pride Day!

Actually, no. It’s not. It’s really, really not. Expecially not for me this year. I’ve been going through some things, lately. Hopefully, what I’m fearing won’t happen, but you never know.
If you’ve been following the news, you probably know about the Stauffers and the terrible thing they did. In short, they adopted an autistic child, used him in their YouTube videos to get money, then “rehomed” him because he was too difficult for them.
Here’s a few things they could have done with the money they earned from exploiting the boy: hired a trained carer to help with him; taken courses to learn how to manage him; bought equipment for him. Instead they discarded him.
The Stauffers treated him worse than an abandoned pet. They used him as a prop to earn cachet (“We adopted an autistic child! Aren’t we awesome people?!”) AND money, then when he turned out to be harder to raise than what they were prepared to do, they got rid of him. I am absolutely steaming.
The Stauffers’ YouTube followers and partners are also revolted by their actions, I am happy to say. The sponsors of their channel are abandoning them, commenters have been fiercely critical of them, and they have lost a number of Patreon funders.
We are human beings, not accessories to make money for greedy exploiters like the Stauffers.

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I am a Software Test Analyst. Shortly before I turned 21 I was officially diagnosed, although I had long suspected I was autistic. Welcome to my blog
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