Dear Mr. McConaughey,
Let’s talk about Autism Speaks. I think it is wonderful that you want to help autistic children. Unfortunately, you have partnered and are fundraising with an organization that does not actually like helping autistic people. (Here’s a good synopsis.) In fact, just a tiny percentage actually goes to helping real autistic people. Instead they’re trying to “cure” autistic people (who are not a disease) and especially want to develop a prenatal genetic test so that no more autistic persons are born. Just like Iceland getting rid of Down Syndrome pregnancies. This used to be called eugenics. I don’t know what they’re calling it now. Some people call it attempted genocide of a minority.
I’m guessing you missed they whole “nothing about us without us” message of the Autistic Community. If you had asked some people on the spectrum, rather than neurotypical parents of children on the spectrum, you probably would have been told to partner with a different charity. Possibly the Autistic Self Advocacy Network which is actually run by the adult versions of the children you mention in your Kiehl video. Because autistic children grow up to be autistic adults; yes, even ones who get “early interventions” and a full adult work hours’ worth of ABA every week.
I appreciate that you want to help. You’ve gone about it the wrong way but here’s hoping you can learn from this misstep and turn this around before more shares of the video are made and they donate $200,000 to an organization who isn’t going to do with it what you state in your video you want.