Disability council nominee with autism draws criticism for his views

03/29/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

President Barack Obama's nomination of Ari Ne'eman to the National Council on Disability is drawing concern from some who are critical of Ne'eman's position that people with autism should be accepted rather than cured. They say it does not address people affected by more severe forms of the disorder. Ne'eman, the founder of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. "He doesn't seem to represent, understand or have great sympathy for all the people who are truly, deeply affected in a way that he isn't," said a co-founder of Autism Speaks.

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