Monday, October 12, 2009

Autism Speaks in Ohio, ASAN Stays Home?

It looks like the Autism Speaks Walk for Autism was a huge success in Ohio yesterday. reports in Thousands walk to support autism research that as many as many as 6,000 people, according to organizers, turned out in support. The moneys raised will fund the work local autism researchers, s family outings and services, and to raise awareness. Although the largely Aspergers dominated ASAN branch in Ohio threatened to stage a protest there is no mention of it in the article. There is a quote from a person with Aspergers who was actually at the event and expressed her appreciation for those who came out in support:

Angel Russo of Sagamore Hills headed up the "Angel's Army" team, which included 30 relatives and friends from Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

"It means a lot to me that they're here," said Russo, 22, who has Asperger's syndrome.

In addition to persons with severe Autistic Disorder, it appears that claims by Ari and ASAN to represent even the High Functioning Autism and Aspergers "community" should be taken with a very large grain of salt.

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