The numbers used to analyze Autism Speaks’ spending were taken from its 2013 audited financial statements. The report is available on the Autism Speaks website here.
Instead of rehashing their sordid history, I’m just going to get tacks.
Because really? What can I say that hasn’t been said thousands of times over?
Read it and weep folks.
Lets start with the consolidated expenses shall we?
Family Services Grants & Awards:
Don’t forget, this is the ONLY portion of Autism Speaks expenditures which directly support Autistic people and their families. A whopping 4% of Autism Speaks expenses were incurred directly supporting Autistic people and their families.
Did you get that? Year after year the largest charitable organization purporting to serve Autistic people and their families thinks it it is acceptable to spend under 4% of its budget on directly supporting Autistic people. And yes, I said “under 4% because I round up when calculating this using the consolidated expenses on their financial statement.
Advertising and donated media
I’m terrible at math. But according to the 2012 consolidated financials, Autism Speaks spent $2,212,520 on advertising. In 2013 it spent $52,229,994.
Is that not a 2,260% increase in budget? That’s outrageous even without considering the relative pittance it has spent on providing meaningful supports to Autistic people and their families.
We’ve all seen the damage that Autism Speaks does to Autistic people and their families with their brand of “awareness” advertising.
Salaries, benefits, and payroll taxes
$23,300,191. Need I say more? We have already seen the salaries top executives are paid on previous 990 filings. Autism Speaks has not published its 2013 990 to date.
It is also notable that there are several “related party transactions.”
Science grants & awards
Science and grant awards spending was actually slightly less in 2013 than it was in 2012. It went from $15,790,797 to $15,300,709.
Their science is scary in that it aims to eliminate Autistic people. Of course they would continue to refer to them as a “crisis” and “puzzle pieces” in spite of being harshly criticized for their treatment of Autistic people.
This is from the mission statement on the 2013 Annual report they just released with the financial statement.
Autism Speaks continues to blatantly disregard Autistic people. They also brazenly disregard the criticism they’ve received over their financial practices, treatment of Autistic people, and usage of negative rhetoric.
They lost two corporate sponsors in 2014–that we know of after intense pressure on the corporate sponsors to sever ties. Both Panera Bread and Build-a Bear-Workshop lead the way in what must become a mass corporate disassociation from Autism Speaks.
Autism Speaks tells us year after year and time after time that in all things, they have no intention of changing. It’s time to breath some life back into our grassroots #BoycottAutismSpeaks movement.