Those of you who read my blog, remember that on the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as POTUS, I sent him an email which I posted on this blog, telling him about the neurodiversity movement and urging them not to allow them to serve on the IACC or in other branches of government. I also wanted to write to Tom Price who was Trump's choice to be HHS secretary. I delayed doing so because the senate had not yet confirmed his appointment. Now that the senate has confirmed his appointment, I copied and pasted the long letter that I wrote to Mr. Trump urging him to fire John Elder Robison, Samantha Crane, and any other member of the neurodiversity movement who is involved in governmental autism policy. I'd like to say to anyone who happens to read this blog post and is an American citizen that I hope you will do the same. You can contact Dr. Price at email@example.com. Please drop him a line and tell him about the neurodiversity movement and the Autistic self advocacy Network and ask him not to appoint these people. Also, ask him about the possibility of not even appointing an IACC. Though the CARES act which authorizes the existence of the IACC can only be amended or repealed by congress, I'm not sure the HHS secretary has any legal obligation to seat an IACC. I also encourage anyone who feels as I do to write their senators and their congressperson and ask them to repeal or at least amend the CARES act so neurodiversity does not serve in our government. I've already done this.
Another person whom I've written is Dr. Joshua Gordon, the director of the NIMH who is the person who recommends people to be on the IACC, but really has the last choice, because Kathleen Sebeleius and all the other HHS secretaries just rubber stamped Tom Insel's choices.
Dr. Gordon, has just been appointed as NIMH director this year. As the case with Dr. Price, I hope these are two new brooms who can sweep clean.
You can contact Dr. Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him not to appoint any ND's to the IACC or allow them to review government research grants by John Elder Robison, Stephen Shore, or any other ND's. Ask him not to seat an IACC if he has the power to do so, though I'm not sure what the law is.
Most if not all of these ND's were appointed by Barak Obama, Kathleen Sebelius sp? and Thomas Insel. The Obama administration and Insel have been a disaster for autistic people. I realize the Trump administration most likely is just interested in trying to show vaccines cause autism and does not care about doing anything about the ND movement, but at least that we have some new kids on the block, those of us who feel as I do can at least try to do something about it.