The purpose of this movement, Urban Families to Protect Autism, is to address and share the cultural, educational, medical, economic, and political issues that families with children diagnosed with autism in urban communities face everyday in order to raise awareness on reduce ignorance of these issues.
The framework of this movement is not based on avoiding autism or ‘healing’ it. Rather, the ideological focus is on raising awareness about autism, protecting against abuse against those diagnosed as autistic, and reducing the artificially-caused cases of autism, such as environmental destruction, vaccinations, poor medical services, etc.
There are hundreds of other autism organizations nationally and globally. However,
we feel what is unique about this one is its holistic framework, centering its analysis on culture and human rights, wholeheartedly tolerant of those already diagnosed with autism and protecting against the medical experimentation of vaccinations and prescription drugs that artificially increase the risks and symptoms of autism.
What is also unique is its bottom-up approach, gathering the urban community on a grassroots level to face the issue of ignorance that families in metropolitan areas struggle with.
We know that this movement will take time to really take form and do big things. But we're faithful that we can gather enough people on the grassroots level to really help us out on this. Autism has no discrimination and anyone can be diagnosed with it. This makes the movement that much more important because so many families from different walks of life, poor, rich, black, white, educated, non-educated, gay, heterosexual, struggle with the reality that their child may suffer from the symptoms of autism in a world that is increasingly antagonistic to this sensitive condition.
It is, thus, our responsibility as families and friends to raise awareness and protect autism together.