The Autism Culture War with speaker Ari Ne’eman

Come hear a lecture from Ari Ne’eman, President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Member of the National Council on Disability. Ari’s talk will focus on the history of how autism has been approached in research, practice, and society at large, and the ways in which the national conversation on autism has developed distinctly from the wider disability rights movement. Among the themes to be explored will be the ethical and social issues surrounding societal approaches toautism, including the neurodiversity movement, the different narratives around autismin the parent and self-advocate communities, and the ways in which these narratives have shaped policy, for good and ill.
A Q & A session will follow the lecture.

**Dinner Will Be Provided**

Brought to you by Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights and Sign Language House; Sponsored by the Adelphic Educational Fund

Date:    Sept. 17
Time:   6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Place:  Judd 116

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One thought on “The Autism Culture War with speaker Ari Ne’eman

  1. Nathan W. Young

    I have autism and am part of the Regional Center where I live.
    The reason I say Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) does not represent my
    views and those who do not choose to associate is because of their approaches.
    It’s not because everything they stand for is wrong it’s because they alienate
    really good ideas with very bad approaches. Using abortion politics to make
    demands toward tax-payers for services estranges the needs of real people and
    estranging compassion as pity in protests signs is just wrong. Caring people
    are called Nazi’s, their intents manipulated as if they meant harm and I just
    cannot ethically not speak against the propaganda because I think it’s wrong to
    warp others intention and everyone should be treated fairly.

    ASAN needs to invent into the intentions of others so much to continue it’s PR
    game and it got them a nomination by a political party and this is not the
    first time an elected figure has done so. I am so tired of being expected to
    dumb myself down and go along for the ride as they manipulate what others say
    and to me it is a moderate amount of time farfetched as if I shouldn’t be
    expected to think as an independent self-advocate otherwise less I am and
    others detractors. Everyone deserves respect and when disagreements happen I
    believe there should be a diverse conversation going on and not just a group
    who has used abortion politics to force their views representing the
    self-advocacy community. People in the middle who actually listen to both sides
    are not often in the media nor are they allowed to speak through the self-advocacy
    network known as ASAN because the views are dictated and it’s not a true
    self-advocacy network in the diverse sense.

    Neurodiversity simply denotes a diversity exists. As a concept it does not
    dictate how each individual of a diversity shall think, believe and choose.


    Nathan Young

    Humboldt County, CA

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