The recent comments made by Joe Scarborough were a sad yet strong illustration of the prevailing ignorance and bigotry in our culture regarding disabilities, specifically autism. The ICAA has reached out to Mr. Scarborough through our ICAA Radio program, offering a unique opportunity to issue an apology, retraction or other statement to our community. Mr. Scarborough seems to be an otherwise thoughtful individual, who has been awarded authority and opportunity to voice his opinions to millions on a global scale. We hope that Mr. Scarborough will become better educated about autism, and gain some perspective. The marginalization of autistic people, and people with other disabilities, is equally outrageous to the marginalization of people with racial or other differences. Mr. Scarborough and others in the media would do well to join us in our efforts to make the world a better place, rather than continue as a part of the problem.
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- Really hate hearing about those programs to force someone *straight*.@ruthpadawer may be ok w/it Her #autism claims.http://t.co/E2MyAKqm9t 10:24:56 PM July 31, 2014 ReplyRetweetFavorite
- #Autistic people can learn to *pass* as NT. They are still autistic. They are likely just fearful openly being themselves. @ruthpadawer FYI 10:22:37 PM July 31, 2014 ReplyRetweetFavorite
- RT @ladamenoire: @LorenS85 @ruthpadawer Autistic ppl should have the right to decide our own labels. My autism is part of me, not removable… 10:19:23 PM July 31, 2014 ReplyRetweetFavorite
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