Posted: 10:33 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Autism bus ad pulled after community outrage

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Seattle Children's bus ad
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SEATTLE —

A Seattle Children's hospital ad sparked a firestorm of outrage. 

The hospital has pulled the ad off King County Metro buses, which shows a young boy and says, "Let's wipe out cancer, diabetes and autism in his lifetime."

 According to the Seattle Times, some said the ad suggested autism is a disease that needs to be wiped out, when they consider it a disability.

 The Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s Washington chapter organized an online campaign objecting to the ad.

Watch KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Essex Porter dig into the issue tonight at 5 p.m.

 The organization sees autism as a variation in mental function rather than a disease to be cured.

 The hospital pulled the bus ads after receiving dozens of negative comments.

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