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First Published Monday, 6th October, 2008.

Fwd:


Hello all,


Recently, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA) launched a new ad campaign entitled, “Got Autism?”, misleadingly
implying that the consumption of milk is associated with the cause of the
autism spectrum. PETA is misinforming the public about autism and thus
joining a long line of unscrupulous groups that have sought to try and
spread fear about autism as a means of pushing their particular agendas.


Attempts such as these treat individuals with disabilities as pawns in the
efforts of other constituencies. By refusing to acknowledge the right of the
autistic community to be referred to with respect instead of as the focus of
public hysteria, PETA contributes to a state of affairs which marginalizes
the disability community. People with disabilities, our families and our
supporters deserve better than the exploitation and fear-mongering that
comes about when disability is used as a means of scaring the general
populace. For millions across the globe, the answer to PETA’s “Got Autism?”
question is an unequivocal yes. That should not spell the end of our lives
or prevent us from being fully included throughout society. By exploiting
us, PETA becomes a culprit in the social forces that marginalize people with
disabilities and lead to the discrimination and prejudice that truly disable
us.


Let PETA know how you feel about its choice to exploit autistic people by
writing to them at* *info@peta.org* *or call them at* **757-622-7382 and
dial 0. In addition, we encourage you to express your support for these ads’
swift withdrawal by signing
this<http://www.ipetitio ns.com/petition/ autismPETA/>online petition.


Regards,
Ari Ne’eman
President
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
http://www.autistic advocacy. org
732.763.5530



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