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.
At least two of them did. They spoke on our behalf, eloquently and without drama or hyperbole.
Michael John Carley and Ari Ne’eman spoke about, to and for us, autistics. Not only about one group of autistics, but about all autistics. Because, in the end, we all need and want the same things: respect, acceptance, inclusion and support/services.
The Congressional Hearing was about the Federal Response to the Rising Rates of Autism. Several people were invited to talk about us. As it is sadly the practice, no one from our community was considered worth of listening to. But, as we have learnt, we must not be silenced. As a result of our protest, Michael J. Carley, from GRASP, and Ari Ne’eman, from ASAN, received the late invitation.
Autistic Advocates to Testify at Congressional Hearing
Addressing concerns about representation of autistic women:
Written by Mara Fritts
Many of you have contacted Autism Women’s Network with concerns that autistic women were not invited to testify before the Nov. 29, 2012 House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to speak in behalf of their unique needs.
First, please understand that initially no autistic people were even invited until yesterday, and this late-hour invitation came about only after the onset of social media protests along with ASAN’s petition about the exclusion of autistic input. At this point, we are grateful that the Autistic community will indeed be present at the Hearing with Michael John Carley of Grasp and Ari Ne’eman of Autistic Self Advocacy Network to speak about the needs of all autistic people.
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 Rights Movement UK(ARM UK) is holding its Annual General Meeting and Conference on Saturday, June 4th 2011 at The Islington Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA. 1.00 p.m. for 1.30 p.m. until 5.30 p.m.
Guest speaker Ari Ne’emanPresident of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Member of the US National Council on Disability (appointed by President Barack Obama) and member of the Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proposed the addition of a new diagnostic code to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision for wandering behavior. A variety of disability advocacy and professional organizations including the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, The Arc, TASH, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, National Disability Rights Network, are worried about the potential unintended consequences that may emerge from a medical diagnostic code for wandering behavior. Ari Ne'eman, President of ASAN will join us on AWN Radio to explain these concerns in detail.
I finally got up the guts to be political on my blog. I own a business, and one of the groups we help is people with autism, so I was too nervous to say anything. But, you, me, all of us have something to say, so I did on my humble blog. It is a reprint of what Ari wrote, but I told people that I agree, which may hurt some business, but I don't care. I have autism, and I darned well speak for myself.
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.