Earlier today I posted a link to an online petition that I’d created where those who disagreed with Autism Speaks recent propaganda piece ‘Autism Every Day’ and its messages that its acceptable to excuse murder, that most parents of autistic kids harbour thoughts of murder and that the reality of parenting autistic kids is never ending misery. I invited people to sign it if they agreed with it.
Upon checking the signatures submitted so far, I found an entry signed by ‘Raymond Babbit’. For those unaware of the reference Raymon Babbit was the autistic character portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rainman. Someone obviously thinks its amusing to lampoon autistic people.
Luckily, I’d written the script to record signers IP addresses. This was to help me auto detect and delete duplicate entries and also, as I state to deter abusive entries. I am aware, as most of us are who either are autistic or who parent autistic kids or who work closely with autistic people that there is a certain breed of person, like ‘Raymond Babbit’ who see autistic people as fair game – people to be targeted and made a laughing stock of.
So I checked out ‘Raymond Babbit’s’ IP address (an IP address by the way is a unique string of numbers – also called a ‘dotted quad’ due to its appearance e.g. 127.0.0.1 – that is unique to one computer or network). This IP address started 209.* which I found interesting as it sounded very familiar to me.
So I ran that number through my blog admin comment search tool and got a set of results. All coming from comments made by one person – Erik Nanstiel, President of FAIR Autism Media.
Erik is the President of FAIR Autism Media, an organisation about which he says:
FAIR Autism Media is a collaborative project that really belongs to all of us in the autism community
June 28, 2006 at 7:48 AM
Subject: Re: New “Treating G.I. Problems” Video
which is odd statement because after accusing me of attempting to hijack the murder of autistic children, Erik stated that:
FAIRâ€™s website content is decided by the board of directors. We decided long ago that we would focus on collecting expert testimony on primarily biomedical & political issues concerning the autism community.
Which seems a bit of a pair of mismatched statements. Despite his claim that FAIR Autism Media is a project that belongs to the entire autism community, his project made no public condemnation of the murders of autistic children, preferring instead to attempt to excuse the murderer in question. His accusations toward myself and others of attempting to hijack the killing of autistic children to further our own agenda is strange coming from someone who has admitted to befriending and advising at least one killer of an autistic child and who’s co-director at FAIR Autism Media, Medical Directory Doctor David Ayoub has also admitted to regularly having phone conversations with the killers of autistic children in newspaper stories attempting to explain the viewpoints of people who are members of and support FAIR Autism Media.
As we can see from today’s behaviour, the belittling of attempts at protesting the murder of autistic children and the use of a name calculated to deliberately attack autistic people is maybe no real surprise. This is especially true when one considers the behaviour of some of Erik’s friends.
Like Erik, a man who used to post under the name of ‘srinath’ on the Autism Web forum is currently subjecting his daughter to the Lupron protocol overseen by the Geier’s. There are often heated debates on this forum but lately poster ‘srinath’ received a ban when he was questioned by an autistic member posting under the nom-de-plume ‘KaliDOW’ regarding the treatment of his child.
Srinath’s response was indicative of the type of person that undergoes the kind of treatment options pioneered by the Geier’s. His response is captured in a screenshot. Please be warned that it is very graphic. When he was remonstrated with by other forum members and subsequently banned he returned under a new identity and insulted the autistic member again. Please be warned that this screenshot is equally offensive. This is also not the first time that groups Erik is intimate with have attacked autistic people. It’s something of a recurring theme.
As it is, Erik’s offensive and deeply immature entry on the petition will stand. I will not delete it. It will serve as an enduring testament to the mindset and attitudes of FAIR Autism Media.