Controversy ensued after President Obama nominated Ari Ne’eman, the 22-year-old founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) who also has Asperger’s Syndrome, to serve a position in the Disability Council. As a result, the Senate has placed a hold on his nomination.
If elected, Ne’eman, will make history as the first person with autism to serve on the Disability Council. This new title, however, will also signify the acceptance of Autism as a disability. Because his views focus on the acceptance of individuals with autism in society rather than treatment, the appointment will encourage accommodating autism rather than curing it.
Ne’eman’s views can be reflected on the ASAN‘s website as his mission statement seeks to, “Put…forward the concept that the goal of autism advocacy should not be a world without Autistic people. Instead, it should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights and opportunities as all other citizens.”
As an autism advocate, Ne’eman, has had many disputes with autism organizations such as Autism Speaks, and has also challenged facilities like the Judge Rotenberg Center, for their cruel practice of electric shock and seclusion.
The Senate‘s role in pausing his nomination says something both about the old and new way of governing in addition to how the world will see autism. Accept or prevent and treat, ICare4Autism will keep you posted through RSS feed. Access it here