A video in which I describe what purpose stimming serves for me and why autistic people NEED to be able to stim. Programs like ABA(Applied Behavioral Analysis) seek to discourage stimming to make a child appear "normal" and it is basically the same thing as taking a blind person's white cane away and expecting them to look sighted. It is horrible and abusive and I'm so glad I never had ABA therapy.
Autism Speaks is a terrible organization that promotes erasure and sends the message that autistic people are defective. They "understand" why some parents murder their autistic children. Boycott Autism Speaks. Just look at #autismspeaks10 on Twitter and see for yourself. You're much better off with the Autism Self-Advocacy Network. They actually have autistic people on staff and appeal to autistic kids and adults alike. They will never tell you your child is defective or limited.
Let me tell you something: Autistic people LEARN TO ADAPT on their own. I'm all for therapy to help them learn how to share, how to be safe when crossing streets and how they can't hit or be rude to people around them. Those are some social things that are invisible to autistic people– but NEVER discourage them from stimming. NEVER.
And for the record– NO, my autism is not caused by vaccines. That is garbage. I was born autistic. Everyone with autism is born with it, but it takes awhile to show up.