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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Nothing about us without us."

I suppose this is just another form of "if it bleeds it leads" but doing an investigative series on autism and not talking to any autistic individuals or autistic self advocacy groups? Meh.
PBS NewsHour Special "Autism Today" Leaves Out Key Stakeholders, Relies on Old Stereotypes
Early promotional material from PBS show that while MacNeil interviewed many parents, physicians and educators for the series, no organizations run by Autistic adults themselves were consulted or approached. In fact, no information exists as to whether or not Mr. MacNeil interviewed any Autistic people during his reporting about the autism spectrum.
There is no way around the fact that you can not have serious or informative discourse about autism if you don't have autistic individuals seated at the table as equal partners.
Hat tip to Sullivan at LBRB.

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