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“Autistic Rights Together” = Libel, Censorship and Cry-Bullying Together

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Autistic Rights Together (or ART as it is abbreviated) is a crooked, basement-style group of special snowflake activists purporting to promote neurodiversity and “autistic rights”. It is a mean-spirited gang of character assassins against doctors and scientists whose opinions merely reflect the emerging science that autism spectrum disorders are treatable medical conditions caused by vaccination. When ART’s censorship and defamation activities are rebuffed, they resort to the familiar cry-bully tactics employed by so many trolls for the pharmaceutical industry. ART’s leader Fiona O’Leary has become neurodiversity’s Irish replacement for Kathleen Seidel: the proprietor of the dormant neurodiversity.com website and who has engaged in the same activities. 

O’Leary played a key role in ruining the practice of the late Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, who has contributed to significant research discoveries shedding light on vaccines’ link to autism. Now she is trying to block screenings of Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, a documentary on how the government has covered up associations between vaccines and autism. In response, the film’s distributors sent her a much-deserved cease-and-desist letter. 

O’Leary has gone crying for sympathy to Jezebel blogger Anna Merlan of Gawker Media, which is now being sued into bankruptcy for libel. ART and Gawker couldn’t be a more perfect match for each other.

But even more perfect than that unholy alliance is an online petition that has been started against “unqualified advocates” like O’Leary. Please sign and spread the word.

PETITION: Remove Steve Silberman as the Closing Keynote Speaker from the 47th National ASA Conference.

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Sign the petition here.

Steve Silberman is an autism writer that trivializes the disabilities that autistics face.  When he was criticized for not including descriptions of low functioning autistics that wear diapers and bang their heads in his book Neurotribes, he said in an interview “Disability is Part of the Human Experience”.

The book Neurotribes claims that famous figures in history were autistic, but does not give much evidence to support those claims.  Additionally, the book only offers vague and questionable solutions for employment among Autistics.  He claims that the largest rise of the rate of Autism in California was in Silicon Valley, but this is actually no larger compared to most of California.

He will be speaking at the annual Autism Society of America conference on Saturday, July 16, 2016.  He must be stopped, as the Autism Society of America must openly recognize the extent of the negative effects of Autism.

Here is what commenters to the petition had to say about Silberman speaking there:

Low-functioning autistics matter, and for someone as influential in the autistic community as Mr. Silberman to imply that they don’t, is not only lacking in any sort of empathy, but it’s also harmful in terms of refusing to try to help those autistic people.

My 10 year old sister is severely autistic, and will never have the normal future other kids will. She’s been robbed. I do believe that this man should NOT be speaking for ones like her.

Acknowledgement of the significant negative impact on the lives of severely autistic individuals and their lives must be included in any discussion about autism. Mr Silberman misrepresents the condition.