The ASAN, Autistic Spectrum Advocacy Network, is continuing its takeover of the autism spectrum of disorders and its unrelenting attempt to transform autism from a medical disorder to a social club for persons with High Functioning Autism, Aspergers, self diagnosed "auties" and persons with autism like symptoms.
At the same time that the university students, lawyers, researchers and other very capable members of ASAN are expanding the definition of autism at the high functioning end of the spectrum they are seeking to exclude those persons with severe autism, the low functioning severely autistic persons with Autistic Disorder.
Any mention of the severely autistic or the challenges that confront them and the families who actually care for them is strictly verboten in the new world order of the self professed "auties" and "aspies" who take offense at being associated with persons who can not communicate by any means and who live their lives in institutional care. Better that the severely autistic become, or remain, invisible autistics then the self esteem of the ASAN leaders be hurt by inclusion in the public mind with lower functioning persons with Autistic Disorder.
Autism Speaks made the mistake of kowtowing to the ASAN outrage over the I Am Autism video which, like Autism Every Day before it, spoke of the harsher realities of actual autism. Now ASAN, drunk with victory for having forced a guilty plea from Autism Speaks, is planning to harass parents and other members of Autism Speaks in a walk for autism.
ASAN declares "nothing about us without us" and then acts to do that very thing to the very vulnerable severely autistic persons and autistic children who they do not represent. ASAN now harasses very many persons with autism disorders who they do not represent. ASAN does not want the world to know the truth, that autistic disorder is a severely disabling medical disorder requiring substantial commitment and sacrifice from families and society. Autism truth is not fashionable at ASAN.
Hopefully Autism Speaks has learned its lesson and will make a greater effort to present the realities of autism to the world notwithstanding howling from the barely autistic members of ASAN.