week ago, I am against Ari Ne'eman being serving on the National Council on Disability. Mr. Ne'eman's views on autism preclude him from being able to properly represent the overwhelming majority of people who suffer from autism.
The problems with Ari Ne'eman, as I see them, are as follows
1. Mr. Ne'eman is against curing autism.
2. Mr. Ne'eman is against researching the genetics of autism. Yet without an understanding of the genetic basis of autism, it will be almost impossible to find effective treatments or a cure.
3. Mr. Ne'eman is against mainstream autism treatments like ABA yet sanctions thoroughly debunked quackery like Facilitated Communication.
4. Mr. Ne'eman ignores the needs of the silent majority of people who suffer from autism. He ignores those who are most disabled by autism and instead focuses almost exclusively on those who are barely impaired by their condition
If you feel the same way, I would ask you sign the online petition opposing his appointment here.
Alternatively, if you are uncomfortable with the petition or if your representative in the US Senate happens to be on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee, you can contact your representative directly and let them know you are opposed to Mr. Ne'eman serving.
You can track the status of the nomination from this page, just type "PN1303-111" into the search box and click the search button. From what I gather from the status page, Mr. Ne'eman was asked on March 10th to testify in front of the senate committee but I haven't found any record of him doing so.
Lets stop this appointment from happening.