Autism voice on the National Council on Disability … confirmed!

I came home from China to some good news: on June 20th, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Ari Ne’eman to serve on the National Council on Disability (NCD) alongside President Obama’s seven other nominees.

Founder and President of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN), Ne’eman is the first person with autism to serve on the NCD. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement in the world of autism, and Ne’eman is a good fit for the council.

You might recall from my post last March that his appointment had provoked a bit of controversy. His confirmation has been eagerly anticipated by the self-advocacy community since his nomination last December, and I join them in congratulating Ari and all the new members of NCD for their appointments to such an important post.


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