Non-disabled parents of disabled children play a hefty role in the media narrative surrounding disability — often presenting their child’s diagnosis as the worst thing that can happen to their marriage, family, and finances. The non-profit Autism Speaks, has a history of linking autism to vaccines
with no evidence, is cofounded by Bob Wright
, the former president of NBC and the father of an autistic person. The organization is infamous within the disability community for its damaging portrayal of autistic people. In their “I Am Autism”
commercial they described autism as working faster “than paediatric AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined,” and credits autism with the destruction of marriages and families.