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Why the Autism Community Is Speaking Out Against This Autism Campaign

On April 16, scientist Mark Rober, who has a popular YouTube channel, launched the campaign “Color the Spectrum.” Rober’s son is autistic, and through his YouTube video “The Truth About my Son,” has been able to raise nearly a million dollars for the organization NEXT for Autism.

Rober will also co-host a Color the Spectrum event on YouTube on April 30 with Jimmy Kimmel. Soon after the “Color of the Spectrum” campaign was announced, it faced backlash from autistic adults critical of the organization NEXT for Autism, as well as some of the language Rober used to describe his son.

In his video, Rober describes his son as having “special needs” and only using person-first language (saying “person with autism” instead of “autistic person“) —

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