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First Autistic Presidential Appointee Speaks Out

"We need to stop making autism advocacy about trying to create a world where there aren't any autistic people and start building one in which autistic people have the rights and support they deserve." In December, Ari Ne'eman was nominated to the National Council on Disability (NCD), becoming the first autistic presidential appointee in history. In response, "one anonymous emailer to a federal agency in Washington wrote that 'assholes like Ari Ne'eman' should 'have their tongues cut out' for suggesting that autistic people need respect, civil rights, and access to services more than they need pity and a cure. This conviction has made him a leader of the emerging neurodiversity movement, which Ne'eman sees as a natural outgrowth of the civil rights, women's rights, and disability rights movements of the late 20th century." (Previously.)
posted by scody on Oct 11, 2010 - 50 comments

Ari Ne'eman to serve on the NCD

Ari Ne'eman, best known as the founder of Autistic Self Advocacy Network, will be the first person with Autism to serve on the National Council on Disability. [more inside]
posted by lexicakes on Jun 22, 2010 - 4 comments

National Corndog Day

National Corndog Day: A Great American Holiday. NCD 2004 is on Saturday, March 20th. Party locations are still being determined; if you haven't yet been invited, host your own. Here's how you can participate. (NCD blogging here.)
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Mar 12, 2004 - 12 comments

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