Thursday, June 12, 2014

No more ‘Combating’ autism

Lawmakers have renamed major U.S. autism legislation that is up for renewal.

Calling it a “win for self-advocates,” DisabilityScoop reported this week that “A bill to reauthorize hundreds of millions of dollars in federal spending for prevalence tracking, research, early identification efforts and other autism initiatives will move forward under a new name — the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act, or Autism CARES.”

Self-advocates objected to the original name, the Combating Autism Act.

This self-advocate agrees with a statement by Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network: “Autistic people and a growing number of our families do not see ourselves as something to be combated.”

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