Ari Ne'eman QuotesAri Daniel Ne'eman is an American disability rights activist who co-founded the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in 2006. On December 16, 2009, President Barack Obama announced that Ne'eman would be appointed to the National Council on Disability.
In America we’ve spent over a billion dollars on autism research. What have we got for that? We’ve not seen anything that’s appreciably impacted the quality of life of autistic people, regardless of their place on the spectrum. Quite frankly, we’ve spent $1bn figuring out how to make mice autistic and we’ll spend another $1bn figuring out how to make them not autistic. And that’s not what the average person wakes up in the morning aspiring to. They think: am I going to be able to find a job, to communicate, to live independently, either on my own or with support? Those are the real priorities.
The rush to attribute culpability to a minority after an act of mass murder is a rush to exonerate the general public – how can we specify the ways in which the killer was not one of us? When the shooter comes from a racial or religious group, this is a relatively simple if despicable enterprise. When they are just another white male, the only remaining option is to locate a disability diagnosis.