Subject: You run & reasons
Words like these - "spared the burden of dealing with Autism", "ultimately preventing it or finding a cure." are incredibly offensive to autistics and parents such as myself.
My (autistic) son ran across Prince Edward Island in 2006 and runs almost every weekend in a roadrace FOR autism, not *against* it as you are doing. For all of our involvement in running and autism advocacy we will not be supporting you run and will be educating PE Islanders about why we find your attitude so offensive.
What, exactly, do you have against people like myself and my 2 sons that you want to prevent people like us from existing?
What, exactly, do you plan to do with any money you raise?
-jypsy (janet norman-bain)
The Autistic Celebration Run - http://irunman.blogspot.com
Runman's blog - http://therunman.blogspot.com
My email was met with silence. Except for the email from one service provider, bouncing back one of the addresses, I got no reply whatsoever. I noted this in the post I wrote on the World Autism Day, April 2nd.
On May 9th, I received an invitation, via the PEI Autism Society, from Mr. Mike McCarther, Production Manager - Run the Dream Atlantic, stating he'd be "ecstatic" if we'd join them Wednesday, May 14th in Charlottetown. Mr. McCarther also invited me to "feel free to contact me to RSVP, or with any questions or concerns that you may have."
We sent him the following email:
Please consider our concerns as expressed below and at http://therunman.blogspot.com/2008/04/running-for-autism-not-against-it-why.html
-janet norman-bain & Alex Bain
("Below" was a plain text copy, minus the links, of what is at the link provided)
I got the following reply (slightly edited to preserve the integrity of this blog) from Mr. McCarther:
From: "Mike McCarther"
Haha oh sh*t...
That is the long awaited reply from Run The Dream to autistics expressing concern over Mr. Howard's message. Laughter and profanity.
We are not laughing.
In fact I'm quite offended and shocked speechless.