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May 2011



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Ari Ne'eman


Centre for Research in Autism and Education 2nd Annual Lecture

“The Education and Miseducation of Autistic Students”

Ari Ne’eman

Tuesday 31st May 2011

4:45pm for 5:00pm start

Free to attend. All welcome. To book a place, please email Liz: l.pellicano@ioe.ac.uk

The Drama Studio, Institute of Education, University of London,

20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL


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 an adult on the autism spectrum and a leading advocate in the neurodiversity movement, frequently briefing policymakers and speaking publicly on disability and autism policy issues. In 2009, President Obama nominated Ari to the National Council on Disability, a federal agency charged with advising Congress and the President on disability policy issues. He was confirmed by the US Senate in July 2010. In April 2010, he was appointed by Secretary Sebelius as a public member to the US’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services concerning autism.


Appointed by Governor Jon Corzine, Ari served as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Adults with Autism Task Force, where he represented autistic adults in reviewing the state’s autism services. He also previously served on the New Jersey Special Education Review Commission, where he authored a minority report on the topic of aversives, restraint and seclusion. In 2008, Ari served as the first ever Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. That year, he also received the HSC Foundation “Advocates in Disability” Award, and in 2009, he received the Expanding Horizons Award from United Cerebral Palsy. He is also a board member of TASH, an advocacy organization focusing on advancing social justice for people with significant disabilities. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he studied political science in the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program.

Source: http://www.talkaboutautism.org.uk/discussion-forums/autism/events/7478

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