Amy Nelson

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Protest at NAAR walk by member of Aspies for Freedom

A group that works for civil rights for autistics and those with asperger's syndrome had a protest against NAAR on Sunday.

Aspies for Freedom (AFF) - An organization dedicated to ensure civil rights for people on the autistic spectrum had a successful protest on Sunday at a walk for NAAR.

Aspies for Freedom is a non-profit organization, that aims to bring those with autism and asperger's together as a community, online and offline.

The protest was held to show that many of those with autism do not wish to find a cure, believing that acceptance is more important. There are advantages to have a neurological difference, and this neurodiversity can be welcomed and appreciated.

Joe Mele was the member who protested at the NAAR walk, more details on this can be viewed on the Aspies for Freedom website including pictures taken by Mr.Mele.

The next local group to be set up will be by Joe Mele himself, inspired by his positive response to his protest. The group will be for anyone with autism or asperger's in the New York area. He can be contacted by private message at the Aspies for Freedom site.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

New Petition to fight against Cure Autism Now going strong

A petition started by a group of adults with autism and asperger's syndrome to fight against the negative attitude of the Cure Autism Now foundation is doing very well. Those who have signed include the famous author with autism Donna Williams

The petition was started to highlight the negative attitude that can arise towards those with autism, one of the main causes of this is ignorance, and the mistaken belief that all autistics are waiting for a cure.

Many adults with autism feel that the use of phrases by charities such as Cure Autism Now, like "autism epidemic" and "life sentence" are damaging and detrimental.

By increasing public awareness it is hoped that there can be greater acceptance for people on the autistic spectrum, and respect for the individual.

It is felt by many members of the autism community that as Cure Autism Now focuses only on cure and prevention with its publicity and campaigning, it is denying the fact that so many people living with autism have a satisfying life and have no desire to be cured. Acceptance, respect and dignity are asked for, and the terminology of some charities takes that away.

Anyone interested in viewing or signing the petition can view it here -