Ari Ne'eman Appointed to the National Council on Disability
Written by Savannah Nicole Logsdon
Good News for the Autism community, and for the cross disability movement as a whole. Ari Ne'eman has been announced as one of President Obama's latest Presidential Appointees. He is currently awaiting confirmation by the senate for a position on the National Council on Disability. You can read the press release on the White House website here, as well as the names and Bios of other Appointees.
This is a big step forward for the Autism Community, particularly (but not exclusively) for the Neurodiversity movement. Ari has been pushing for the needs- and rights- of the Autistic community for years, and to have him appointed to the NCD is certainly the next move in his unrelenting efforts to promote our cause. He has also been involved in cross-disability efforts, an important thing to keep in mind.
Hello all!! Corina here, your Vice-President in Canada! It’s getting to be autumn here, and I thought I’d fill you in on what’s happening up here in the Great White North. Well, other than getting ready for snow.
Last May, I had the opportunity to represent the Autism Women’s Network at the International Meeting For Autism Research, held in Toronto, Ontario. I met with researchers and other stakeholders, such as the editors at The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. I also had the chance to meet John Elder Robison and Alex Plank. It was a wonderful experience and I wrote up a report of it on Storify, called “An Autistic at IMFAR”.
Autism Women's Network 2011 Kudos to the Autism Community
Written by Sharon daVanport
Early April 2011 began with Rethinking Autism releasing their newest PSA: Autism Support Group. It was really great to see actress, and autistic advocate, Tammy Klein starring in the newly released Public Service Announcement. What an amazing message and rockin' video coming from Dana Commandatore and Michael Broderick's camp again!
During the month of May we saw the release of one of the most widely acclaimed and honored autism documentaries, Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic. The film's director, Todd Drezner captures the diversity of autism, the community, and the many voices therein, by simultaneously shining a light on the many angles of autism and neurodiversity.
Then there were blogs, blogs and more blogs! In 2011, the autism community made an about face from years past when this year it insisted that blogging positive was the way to go for autism advocacy's future. The shining stars whom the autism community praised as 'getting it right' not only did so due to their authentic approach, but because of their honest style, and their insistence on hurting no one in the process.
Perhaps the most buzzed about blogs are those of autistic advocate Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg's, Journeys with Autism: "Autistic Blogs" and "Positive Autism Parenting Blogs." Rachel explains, "The divide between autistics and parents can feel very deep and wide, but I’m determined to help bridge it by highlighting blogs that I feel do an excellent job of balancing the challenges of parents with respect for autistic people."
Autism and Empathy: Dispelling Myths and Breaking Stereotypes is Rachel's other blog where she posts a variety of contributions from other bloggers as well as personally blogging herself in this richly vulnerable and honest format which lays bare the many colors of truth encompassing the autism spectrum via empathy, tolerance, and loving acceptance.
New to the blogosphere is autistic advocate, and sex and disability blogger, Lindsey Nebeker. Lindsey's blog at Naked Brain Ink includes a recent post with an informative slideshow addressing the barriers which disabled people oftentimes face, and why sexual rights and disability advocacy matter.
Happy Five Year Anniversary ASAN! Tonight, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s celebration will take place at The National Press Club in Washington, DC from 6:30–9:00 pm.
The 1st Annual Award for Exceptional Services to the Autistic Community will be given to Kathryn Bjornstad and Autism Women's Network Director of Networking, Corina Becker. Bjornstad and Becker are the creators of Autistics Speaking Day. This award is given to those who have helped to build the Autistic community through exceptional advocacy, ingenuity or service.
The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network is looking for an intern in the DC area for the Fall 2011 semester. The intern would assist with administrative and other tasks, such as research, to support ASAN's important work. Requirements include good organizational and time management skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office, and professional communication skills. This is an unpaid internship, but ASAN is happy to work with interns to arrange course credit. This is a great opportunity for someone eager to work in the disability rights community and gain valuable skills. Being a self-starter and having excellent computer skills is a must, as this position will occur primarily via teleco...... (read more)
Submitted by Sharon on Tue, 7/26/2011 - 2:36pm GMT
As you may know, Ari Ne'eman, founder and president of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN), was nominated by President Obama to serve on the National Council for Disability (NCD). The purpose of NCD is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, and that empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. These are all areas which Ari excells at and has an excellent track record of success in advocating for Autistic and other disabled people. If nominated, he will be the first Autistic Presidential appointee to any position in history. All of President Obama's other appointees have been confirmed by the Senate, but an anonymous hold has been placed on Ari's nomination.
In order for Ari to be confirmed, at least 60 other Senators need to vote against the hold. It is important for all of us to let our Senators know how we feel and why it is important that Ari serve his appointed position.