Talk about Autism was delighted to welcome Ari Ne'eman for a Live online Q&A on Wednesday 1 June which was hosted at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE). Ari had given the keynote speech at the CRAE 2nd Annual Lecture on 31 May 2011.
Ari Ne'eman is the Founding President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, where he initiates and directs efforts to increase the representation of autistic individuals in public policy discussions. He is an adult on the autism spectrum and a leading advocate in the neurodiversity movement, frequently briefing policymakers and speaking publicly on disability and autism policy issues. In 2009, President Obama nominated Ari to the National Council on Disability, a federal agency charged with advising Congress and the President on disability policy issues. He was confirmed by the US Senate in July 2010. In April 2010, he was appointed by Secretary Sebelius as a public member to the US’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services concerning autism.
To read an in depth interview with Ari, please visit The Guardian website