In yet another spitting in the eye by the Obama administration of persons with autism and/or parents of these persons who long for a cure for this horrible affliction, we see that anti-cure activist Ari Ne'eman has been appointed as one of the public members of the interagency autism coordinating committee. I see that one of my favorite neurodiversity hatemongers Harry Williams (AKA "Socrates") Is shouting about this from the figurative rooftops The IACC is the government agency that runs the show involving autism research activities that the federal government finances. Ironically enough, though this agency was created as a byproduct of the 2006 Combating autism act which had as its intent to ultimately find a cure for autism. When John Robison took a job as a member of a scientific advisory board on autism speaks, Mr. Williams immediately called him a traitor and a house aspie. We have to wonder why Mr. Williams, who is apparently a member of a British ASAN affiliate has not reserved the same slurs for his buddy, Mr. Ne'eman.
The law states that at least one of the public board members has to be on the autism spectrum. Ne'eman is now not only the second autistic person to be appointed to the public board, but also the second person with autism who has opposed curing this disease. So far the number of pro-cure autistics appointed is zilch. There is a snowball's chance in hell that I will be appointed. The other ASD public member, Stephen Shore, has been a much less polarizing figure than Ne'eman and does not go out of his way to publicize his anti-cure beliefs. It can be noted that Shore, who makes his living as an autism consultant, special education professor, and conference speaker would be unemployed if a cure for autism were found.
When the Obama administration tried to appoint Ne'eman to the NDC, our side was successfully able to oppose the appointment as it had to be confirmed by the senate and all it took was at least one senator (Tom Coburn, Oklahoma republican, rumor has it being the most likely holdout assuming there are not others) to hold up and possibly abort Ne'eman's nomination, they went out and appointed Ne'eman to this organization. Apparently HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius can unilaterally appoint whomever the Obama administration wants and is accountable to no one and the nomination can't be held up by the senate. So, neurodiversity lobbied for this appointment when they were not successful in getting Ne'eman into the NDC. However, it would seem that this is even worse than an appointment to the NDC, as it deals with just autism and not other disabilities and also money that was intended to go for finding a cure for autism.
What is most interesting about this appointment is that ASAN along with Ne'eman were among the most vigorous opponents of the combating autism act when it was debated in congress about 3-1/2-4 years ago. When their efforts to prevent passing of this law failed, they immediately jumped on the bandwagon and attempted to lobby the IACC with their warped agenda. I have written about this previously. How convenient for Ari Ne'eman to be serving as a member of a committee that was passed by a law that he and his cronies vigorously opposed!
I am wondering what next? How soon will Al Qaeda be analyzing classified CIA documents? How soon will members of the Mafia be appointed to the police commissions in the cities in which they live?
We have seen that autism speaks is a colossal joke and has become nothing more than a neurodiversity sockpuppet given that they have given half a million dollars to neurodiversity rogue Laurent Mottron who along with his pals Morton Gernsbacher and Michelle Dawson has stated that autism is not harmful. Now the federal government is a joke in that it allows anti-cure autistics, Stephen Shore, John Elder Robison and now last but certainly not least Ari Ne'eman to run the show on autism research. (Robison has not been on the IACC but was appointed for some role in reviewing federal grants for autism research)
Barack Obama: I know you will never read this, but you just want me to be lonely, you want me to be unemployed and have poor fine motor coordination and not do anything well and not be able to get anything done and to have uncontrollable self-stimulatory movements. You don't want Dov Shestack, John Belmonte to ever speak a word or live outside of an institution. The actions of your administration as far as autism policy goes are reprehensible, beyond the pale really. You obviously want handicapped people to suffer. You want vicious hatemongers who Ne'eman is good pals with to harass me and ridicule me and to spread hate and libel.
Well, I hope someday in spite of the gross incompetence and lack of ethics of both autism speaks and the federal government that somehow someday we can find a cure and prevention for this disease or maybe before a cure is found a way can be found to mitigate it and make life easier for those on the spectrum so they won't have to live with all the hardships and limitations that this condition engenders.
I will be writing to my congressman and senators about this gross miscarriage of justice. I realize that this will probably be as effective as writing a letter to Santa Claus. If anything interesting comes out of it (which I doubt) I will write about it in autism's gadfly.