Autistic Self Advocacy Network leader Ari Ne’eman has been nominated by President Barack Obama for a position on the National Council on Disability

17 Dec

From a White House press release yesterday:

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 12/16/09

* Marie Collins Johns, Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration
* Gwendolyn E. Boyd, Member, Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
* Jonathan M. Young, Chair, National Council on Disability
* Carol Jean Reynolds, Member, National Council on Disability
* Fernando Torres-Gil, Member, National Council on Disability
* Chester Alonzo Finn, Member, National Council on Disability
* Gary Blumenthal, Member, National Council on Disability
* Sara Gelser, Member, National Council on Disability
* Ari Ne’eman, Member, National Council on Disability
* Dongwoo Joseph “Joe” Pak, Member, National Council on Disability

President Obama said, “I am grateful that these fine individuals have chosen to serve in my administration. They will bring a depth of experience and valued perspective to their roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

edit to add, from the press release:

Ari Ne’eman, Nominee for Member, National Council on Disability
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 a leading advocate in the neurodiversity movement, frequently briefing policymakers and speaking publicly on disability and autism policy issues. Mr. Ne’eman also serves as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Adults with Autism Task Force, where he represents autistic adults in reviewing the state’s autism services. He also previously served on the New Jersey’s Special Education Review Commission, where he authored a minority report on the topic of aversives, restraint and seclusion. Mr. Ne’eman previously served as the Policy Workgroup Leader for the Youth Advisory Council to the National Council on Disability. He is a board member of TASH and the Autism National Committee. In 2008, he received the HSC Foundation “Advocates in Disability” Award. Mr. Ne’eman is currently an undergraduate at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County where he studies political science and expects to graduate in May 2010. In 2000, Mr. Ne’eman was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.

4 Responses to “Autistic Self Advocacy Network leader Ari Ne’eman has been nominated by President Barack Obama for a position on the National Council on Disability”

  1. Joseph December 18, 2009 at 00:09 #

    I’ve said it before. Ari knows how to get things done.

  2. David N. Brown December 18, 2009 at 21:00 #

    AoA is complaining about this more strongly than might be expected. Jake Crosby is acting as hatchetman, with an article in which he doesn’t bother to quote from a single identified source. I have filed complaints with google news US and UK, and I encourage everyone reading this to do likewise. I would also welcome anyone who will add their voice to complaints I have filed regarding “Counting Offit’s Millions”, in which Olmsted used my work misleadingly and without acknowledgement, and seems to have locked down on comments since I started trying to post a correction. Maybe if/when AoA starts getting more complaints than readers, google news will boot them.

  3. Ivar TJ December 20, 2009 at 12:33 #

    Google News appears to be unable to distinguish news articles and polemics.

  4. Kevin January 27, 2010 at 07:02 #

    The only way you’d get google to ban them is if they were in China! Good luck on that one…

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