The argument is that Autism Speaks doesn't have a platform for actual people on the Autism Spectrum. The founders of Autism Speaks don't seem to assist people "on the ground" on the spectrum. I understand the argument. I also understand why people want to boycott the organization and their "Light it up Blue" campaign. The arguments I actually hear (without being yelled at) are valid and should be addressed. I don't engage because I don't believe I should put such effort in groups that don't put equal effort in people like me.
Bay Area Proper (the area from SF-Stockton) doesn't have Autism Speaks or any "Mainstream" Autism organization. And realistically, if there was, People of Color rarely reap the benefits of such programs. The Mocha Autism Network was formed out of the need for resources for unrepresented communities. We are generally ignored by awareness groups, regardless of the cause. Autism isn't any different. Lack of diversity doesn't seem to be mentioned by either side. Black/Brown Communities are the least informed and most misdiagnosed. Our need for outreach AND information is crucial.
The #RoyalBLueForAutismAwareness campaign was contacted by RealZetas.com, a media arm for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, to help provide awareness throughout their Electronic Footprint and we accepted. #LightItUpBlue was added to maximize reach and awareness. Our communities know slogans and it will spark interest in the other facts we will provide. We heartily accept their assistance and support.
We have all the time in the world to discuss the best course of action in providing information to the children that are missed by mainstream awareness groups. Please feel free to submit a piece or ask us questions.
Mocha Autism Network