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Autistic Self-Advocacy Network - Central Ohio/OSU


Protest against Autism Speaks' walk for autism
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Please join us as we protest the Autism Speaks walk for autism this Sunday, October 11 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. We'll be meeting at the corner of Fred Taylor Drive and Borror Drive, right by the 4-H Center, and this is where we'll carry out our protest. We are actively looking for volunteers and fellow protesters. Our protest has been sparked by, among other things, Autism Speaks' recent PSA, titled "I Am Autism," which presents autistic individuals as kidnap victims, burdens, and inhuman. In the video, autism is presented as a soul-stealing entity that ruins marriages, causes bankruptcy, triggers embarrassment, and erodes morality. Please join us (even if only for a short while) as we speak back to Autism Speaks and the discrimination that such a campaign perpetuates.

Campus map & driving directions: http://www.osu.edu/map/building.php?area=&building=191

Note on parking:
The OSU Event Parking Coordinator is advising ASAN to park behind the 4H Center building in their parking lot.  There are about 55-60 spaces available.  Fred Taylor Drive (the road in front of the parking lot) will be blocked off at 10 a.m. to prepare for the walk, so everyone will need to be there before that time if they choose to park there. Getting dropped off near by or walking from main campus are the other options for coming later than 10am.  Thanks!

Please contact us at asan.ohiostate@gmail.com with questions.

Protest against Autism Speaks' walk for autism
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Meeting
The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) - Ohio State/Central Ohio chapter will be meeting on Thursday, October 1st at 5:45pm at the campus Barnes & Noble (1598 N. High St.). We'll be meeting in the coffee shop area. This will be our first meeting of fall quarter, and we're hoping to see some new faces! Among the things we'll be discussing: our upcoming protest of the autism walk, generating more signatures for our petition to President Gee, planning for the year, and proposing a session on autism, employment, and/or education for the Multiple Perspectives conference. OSU students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend!

Protest against Autism Speaks
Additionally, ASAN will be protesting the Autism Speaks walk for autism on Sunday, October 11 from 8:30am to 12:00pm. We'll be meeting at the corner of Fred Taylor and Borror Drive, right by the 4-H Center, and this is where we'll carry out our protest. We are actively looking for volunteers and fellow protesters (on and off the autism spectrum). Our protest has been sparked by, among other things, Autism Speaks' recent PSA, titled "I Am Autism," which presents autistic individuals as kidnap victims, burdens, and inhuman. In the video, autism is presented as a soul-stealing entity that ruins marriages, causes bankruptcy, triggers embarrassment, and erodes morality. Please join us (even if only for a short while) as we speak back to Autism Speaks and the discrimination that such a campaign perpetuates.

Please contact us at asan.ohiostate@gmail.com with questions.

Petition to President Gee
Finally, ASAN-OSU has drafted a petition to President Gee, who is co-chairing the walk, asking him to withdraw his support from Autism Speaks. The petition describes Autism Speaks' unrepresentative leadership, its eugenic aims, and its harmful advertising. The petition is attached below. We're hoping to gather as many signatures from students, faculty, staff, and community members as possible by Monday, October 5. If you would be willing to attach your name to the petition, please email us at asan.ohiostate@gmail.com with your name, email (optional), and position (e.g., student, staff, faculty, parent, Ohio resident, etc.).

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Dear President Gee and the Board of Trustees:

We, the undersigned students, faculty, staff, and community members, urge you to reconsider your support of Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is an organization that does more damage to the lives of autistic people than good through its unethical advertising, support for eugenic research, and unrepresentative leadership. We here pledge to refrain from supporting Autism Speaks, and we encourage you do to so as well, for the following reasons:
  1. Autism Speaks claims to speak for autistic people without a single autistic person on its board of directors or leadership committees. This is far out of line with the mainstream of the disability community, where individuals with disabilities work side by side with family members, professionals, and others to achieve quality of life and equality of opportunity. Moreover, those who do make decisions in Autism Speaks are far removed from the realities of our lives. It is worth noting that Autism Speaks’ highest paid employee, Chief Science Officer Geraldine Dawson, has an annual salary in excess of $600,000, more than the fundraising total of last year’s walk in Columbus.
  2. Many autistic people and their families find Autism Speaks’ advertising to be offensive. Their ads compare a life on the autism spectrum to a car accident, being struck by lightning, a terminal illness, and other fatal situations. Rather than work to decrease stigma and increase respect for autistic people, Autism Speaks’ advertising fosters pity, shame, and fear, suggesting that our very lives are mistakes and burdens.
  3. Autism Speaks’ fundraising goes toward genetic research aimed at developing a prenatal test with potentially eugenic applications. Given the fact that 92% of fetuses that test positive for Down Syndrome are selectively aborted prior to birth, we are concerned by the prospect of a similar result with respect to the autism spectrum. This is an issue of ethics and discrimination, wholly separate from typical abortion politics. We believe that money raised in the name of autistic people should go toward opportunities for quality of life, not toward our elimination. Autism Speaks’ research agenda is overwhelmingly focused on causation and prevention rather than research initiatives that might support quality of life for all autistic people.
  4. As the president of the largest university in the country, your support of Autism Speaks sets precedent for other colleges and universities. We worry that other universities and other university leaders will follow suit and continue support for an organization that seeks to “eradicate,” in the words of Autism Speaks co-founder Suzanne Wright, autism and autistic people. While we applaud your desire to help autistic individuals and their families lead productive and fulfilling lives, supporting Autism Speaks does no such thing.
We recognize that your desire to make Ohio State a center for autism excellence is well intentioned. However, supporting Autism Speaks will not make our university a leader in disability rights or equality of opportunity, but rather a leader in unequal representation, eugenics research, and flagrant ableism. In signing this petition, we announce that we will not participate in the Autism Speaks walk for the aforementioned reasons. We call upon you to heed our concerns and those of many other people with disabilities, family members, professionals, and countless others. Simply put, we call upon you to end your affiliation with Autism Speaks.

Links
Email contact: asan.ohiostate@gmail.com

ASAN-Central Ohio blog: http://asancentralohio.blogspot.com/

Why Autism Speaks Does Not Speak for Us: http://asancentralohio.blogspot.com/2009/08/why-autism-speaks-does-not-speak-for-us.html

ASAN's response to "I Am Autism": http://asancentralohio.blogspot.com/2009/09/autistic-community-condemns-autism.html

About
The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a non-profit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN's supporters include autistic adults and youth, those with other distinct neurological types, and neurotypical family members, professionals, educators, and friends. ASAN provides support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum. ASAN also works to change public perception and to combat misinformation by educating communities about persons on the autism spectrum. Our activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research, and the development of autistic cultural activities and other opportunities for autistic people.

Next meeting: Thursday, Sept. 10 @ 5:45pm
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kuiamalynne
Our next meeting will be held this Thursday, September 10, at 5:45pm at Barnes & Noble (1598 N. High St.). We will meet in the coffee shop area on the first floor. OSU students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend!

Our agenda includes (but is not limited to) the following items: generating signatures for an Autism Speaks petition; setting up a meeting schedule for the school year; discussing employment; finishing a grant application; dividing flyers & advertising tasks for the new school year; and planning for the student involvement fair (petition, flyers, poster, making playdough, setting up, etc.).

Next meeting: Thursday, July 2 @5:45pm
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kuiamalynne
ASAN-Central Ohio/Ohio State will be meeting on Thursday, July 2 @ 5:45pm at the campus Barnes & Noble (1598 N. High St.) in the coffee shop area. During this meeting, we will discuss our plans for the summer and fall, as well as an event in Fremont, Ohio that will happen later this summer.

Questions? Please email us at asan.ohiostate@gmail.com.
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Meeting today, 5/28, at 5:45pm
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kuiamalynne
The Central Ohio/Ohio State University chapter of ASAN will be meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 5:45pm at the campus Barnes & Noble/Long's Cafe, 1598 N. High St. We will meet in the coffee shop area on the first floor. OSU students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend!

The main goal of this meeting is to plan for a small event commemorating Autistic Pride Day in June.
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New episode of Prism*Vox
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NEW Prism*Vox The neurodiversity friendly podcast.

This episode is about has a new segment, Q&A or Ask the Bard, Please e-mail at Solonightstorm@hotmail.com for questions and comments. I would love feed back, I will also love to learn how to RSS feed it.

Download here


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Next meeting: Thursday, May 21 @ 5:45pm
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kuiamalynne
The Central Ohio/Ohio State University chapter of ASAN will be meeting on Thursday, May 21 at 5:45pm at the campus Barnes & Noble/Long's Cafe. We will meet in the coffee shop area on the first floor. OSU students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend!

At our meeting on Thursday, we hope to discuss the following: a possible activity for Autistic Pride Day (June 18), encounters with another campus autism organization and how to address these issues, our funding situation, staying connected with the Columbus/central Ohio community, and any issues that others in our group would like to address.

Download PDF flyer:


Questions? Leave a comment or email us at asan.ohiostate@gmail.com.
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Online meeting!
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kuiamalynne
So... it's taken us a bit to work out the details, but we've finally set a date, admittedly somewhat short notice: we're hoping to test an online meeting/chat this Tuesday, 5/12 from 5:30 to 6:30pm. (We'll still be meeting face-to-face on Thursday, 5/21 at 5:45 at Barnes & Noble.) We will take notes during the online chat for those who cannot attend.

For the online meeting, we plan to use Gmail chat. We'd like to test this and see how it works for us, and if all goes well, we can make this the general format for a monthly online meeting. (And we'll be sure to provide more advanced notice of online meetings in the future.)

If you are interested in joining us for this online meeting, please do the following:
  1. If you don't have a Gmail account, go to gmail.com and click "create an account." Fill out this page to create your account. (If you have a Gmail account already, skip this.)
  2. Write to asan.ohiostate@gmail.com and provide us with your Gmail name.
We'll be sure to send you a chat invite and everything you need to know. Gmail is free and you won't be required to download any program to participate -- everything appears in your web browser. We decided that this might be the easiest route for us all to connect.

If you'd like to participate but don't have access to a computer, don't feel comfortable with Gmail, or would rather not type, etc., please let us know. At least one of us will be at Ohio State with a laptop during the meeting, and we can arrange to meet and/or double up on computers.

Finally, please forward this to those who you think might be interested. And if you have questions, let us know. :)

First online meeting?
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kuiamalynne
We'll be holding our first online meeting before our next face-to-face meeting (which is on May 21). My suggestion is that we chat somewhere between May 10 and May 15. In addition to agreeing on a day and time, we need to agree on a chat program. Here are a few suggestions, all of which are free:

MSN/Windows Messenger
AOL/AIM
IRC
Skype

We will need to create chat rooms where many people can participate. Ideally, it would be wonderful if webcam or audio chat were available for those who prefer audio/video to text chat. It would also be ideal for us to retain chat transcripts for those who cannot make the meeting.

What are people's preferences?
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Welcome!
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kuiamalynne
ASAN-Central Ohio/Ohio State held its first meeting on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at the campus Barnes & Noble on High St. in Columbus. We want to take advantage of the communication affordances of net technologies, hence this LJ community! We want to use this space to brainstorm, share ideas, negotiate meeting times, work out the details of events, and just plain rant and support one  another.

Please comment on this entry and introduce yourself.  :)

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