With Halloween right around the corner, we see that neurodiversity and the autistic self advocacy network is still up to its dirty tricks without giving autistic people and their families any treats.
They've apparently lobbied five congress persons to write a letter on their behalf dishonestly claiming that autistic self advocates (a euphemism for neurodiversity proponents who oppose a cure for autism) are severely underrepresented in autism policy making recommendations in the federal government. ASAN recently published the linked post on their website in which they applaud the letter these five congresspersons wrote on their behalf.
The letter signed by these members of congress at ASAN's and neurodiversity's behest contains one absolutely false talking point:
The Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) housed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the body tasked with developing the HHS Strategic Plan for Autism Research. The IACC currently has only two individuals on the autism spectrum and no member from a self advocacy organization out of fourteen public and twenty-eight total members.
The talking point that I've emphasized in the black highlight is blatantly false. The IACC currently has not two , but three individuals alleging to be on the autism spectrum: Scott Robertson (who helped start ASAN with Ne'eman, more about this later), John Elder Robison, and Noah Britton. The no member from a self-advocacy organization statement is also false since Scott Robertson is a member of ASAN and one of the top people in the organization, aside from Ari Ne'eman, ASAN's president. There have also been two other persons on the spectrum who have been on the IACC in the past, Ari Ne'eman and Stephen Shore, who have both opposed curing autism.
What is not a lie is that to date zero pro-cure, pro-treatment persons on the spectrum have been appointed to the public membership of the IACC. Of course, the old standard argument is that there are very few if any autistics who look upon autism as a disorder that needs treatment or possible cure or that none are able and willing to serve. This is also not true, as Roger Kulp, an individual with cerebral folate deficiency on the autism spectrum who is anti-neurodiversity and pro-treatment (I'll let Roger speak for himself as to whether or not he is pro or anti cure) has expressed an interest in being a public member of the IACC (as well as filling the vacancy for an autistic in an advisory position at Autism Speaks after John Robison tendered his resignation) yet has been completely shunned by Thomas Insel, the secretary of health and human services, autism speaks and other powers that be.
ASAN is only interested in having pro-neurodiversity and anti-cure and anti-treatment autistics serve in positions of power. So when they say all persons with autism this is also blatantly false.
Anyone who lives in the districts of the following five congress persons, I urge you to vote for their opponent in the upcoming election:
1. Jan Schakowsky. 2. Kathy Castor 3. Tammy Duckworth 4. Jackie Speier 5. Paul Tonko.
I can only wish these despicable members of the house of representatives could be voted out of office next week, but I realize that's an opium-induced dream, but here are their names for edification.
I doubt the congress people came up with these false statements out of thin air. They were supplied what were probably deliberate misstatements of fact by ASAN. It is very sad that these people have to stoop to dishonesty to get their way and close out sane people who want to end the pain and suffering that this horrible disorder causes. All I can say is booo hisss, razzz.