Monday, January 27, 2014
Will Ari Ne'eman, ASAN and the rest of Neurodiversity oppose Avonte's law?
As most persons who peruse stories on the internet about autism know, Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old boy with severe autism recently perished after wandering away from his school. His remains were found after a three month search. Because of this, New York senator Charles Schumer has proposed legislation that will hopefully prevent this tragedy from happening ever again.
In the past, the autistic self advocacy network, one of the main groups of individuals who serve as proponents for the neurodiversity movement has opposed diagnostic codes for wandering due to the fact that this will result in restraint and seclusion of developmentally disabled people.
I noticed in Ari Ne'eman's google plus page, he's offered condolences for Avonte's untimely demise. He and the rest of ASAN have claimed that there are certain behavioral techniques that can help eliminate wandering, but has been rather vague about the specifics (par for the course for Neurodiversity).
They were opposed to the wandering codes because they believed it was a violation of human rights. How about Avonte's right to be alive and other kids like him. There seems to be no shortage of autistic children who perish in accidental drownings, being run over by cars, etc. Certainly food for thought.