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National Autistic and Aids Activism with Morénike Onaiwu

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Morénike Onaiwu is a national advocate doing work on two important fronts.  She is an Autistic Advocate and a Healthcare Activist for HIV positive women, children and families. Morénike has an active petition on over on to keep the Ryan White Aids funding intact, as it is in jeopardy of being eliminated.

It's interesting how much the autism and aids communities have in common. In both, there are parallels: first, the two appear quite different; yet, both are stigmatized, and are harmed more by people's inaccurate perceptions of their diagnoses than the actual diagnoses itself.

Both have parent advocates speaking for people with the diagnoses instead of letting people speak for themselves. And with both, the groups that are forgotten, too often get left out (adult Autistics get less services than Autistic children; "high-risk" HIV+ subgroups get more funding than women and children, etc.)

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