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The I-Word

by Ian Ford We have come a long way, right? We used to be called idiots and lunatics. Now we are referred to as individuals living with name-your-disorder, so it appears we have finally moved beyond the language problem. Most people know the R-word is incorrect, and the new...

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Join Us For Your Local Vigil – March 30th

Most of you received Zoe’s moving e-mail message last week, announcing March 30th as a national day of mourning for George Hodgins, Tracy Latimer and other disabled people murdered by family members and caregivers. She asked folks to organize local candlelit vigils in their own communities in their memory....

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The Perils of Normalization

An essay by Gwen McKay. Autistic individuals may, for example, rock back and forth when they are anxious or flap their hands when they are happy and excited. Behavioral programs often focus on suppressing these autistic traits because they are socially stigmatized, without considering whether they serve any useful...

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Letter to the Sponsors, Donors and Supporters of Autism Speaks

Disability Coalition Calls on Sponsors to End Support for Autism Speaks: Over 60 disability rights organizations sent a joint letter to Autism Speaks' sponsors, stating that the use of fear, stigma, misinformation and prejudice against Autistic people as a fundraising tool does real damage to people with disabilities everywhere....

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Autism Society of York Agrees to Remove Billboards

Community Works Together for Removal of Billboards: Thanks to those who wrote in and called about the kidnapped children billboard campaign, ASA-York has agreed to pull the billboards. This is a sign of the importance of working together as a community to address issues like this....

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Comments on Proposed New Jersey Autism Registry

Changes Needed in Autism Registry Proposal: The Division of Family Health Services has proposed new rules and amendments at N.J.A.C. 8:20 to establish a birth defects registry, which would include an autism registry and a severe neonatal jaundice registry. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has several concerns about the...

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