Gears Encouraging Autism Rights
"Instead of being molded into a puzzle that looks normal but is fractured we are gears in a machine that work of one another and put to using are instincts. We are not an epidemic, we are not a disease and we are not ashamed. We are the G.E.A.R."
- Matthew Klipp
What is G.E.A.R. about
The G.E.A.R is a movement dedicated to encouraging autism rights by spreading information about autism acceptance through the internet , spreading flyers, speaking at conferences and hopefully if the G.E.A.R grows through peaceful protests and marches ranging from telling others about supportive groups like the Autistic Self Advocacy Network(ASAN) and raise money for them, warning people about some the issues about organizations like Autism Speaks and the Judge Rotenberg Center and spreading general information about autism while addressing misconceptions about those on the autism spectrum.
The G.E.A.R is ideally a movement where autism advocates can work together to help advocate for better treatment of autistics without arguing over things such as politics, religion, race etc unless it is something that’s directly affecting the autism community
Most importantly the G.E.A.R is not just a counter movement of popular groups like Autism Speaks , it’s an entirely different ideal . It is believing that the treatments for autistics and society in general should focus less on having the autistic appear “ normal “ or “ cured “ but instead focus on their overall happiness, capabilities and health as individuals, helping autistics cope with some of the negative aspects such as sensory overload or self harming stims without trying to suppress other aspects of autism that define the person such as eccentric personality or special interests but instead embrace them since these traits are a part of the autistic person and can also be beneficial for both themselves and society.
The G.E.A.R. Club
held at Shippensburg University
The Seven G.E.A.R. Committies
These gears represent the seven departments of spreading the message of Autism Awareness inside the G.E.A.R. Club. Those who are a member of the G.E.A.R. Club are put into one of the seven gears shown above, from there they complete the task for the specific group. A list of what each gears role is inside the club is listed below.