House Oversight & Government Reform Committee: Include Testimony from Autistic People
  • Petitioned House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
California-49
Rep. Darrell Issa
Maryland-07
Rep. Elijah Cummings

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee: Include Testimony from Autistic People

    1. Petition by

      The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

On November 29, the House Oversight Committee will be holding a hearing on Autism. Of all the groups and individuals represented in testimony on that day, one stakeholder is missing: anyone who is Autistic themselves. The House Oversight Committee must allow Autistic voices to be heard. 

This is the first hearing on Autism in years and by not including Autistic voices, the committee is taking a large step back from other actions where not only have Autistic voices been heard, but sought in conversations about Autism. This is the same committee that held a hearing on contraception earlier this year and did not invite women to participate.

I know the importance of including Autistic people in these discussions. In 2009 I became the first Autistic person to be appointed to the National Council on Disability by President Obama. I've seen the progress the executive branch has made on these issues personally - now it's time for Congress to follow suit.

I am asking your support in having Autistic voices heard in this very important conversation. Tell the House Oversight Committee nothing should be discussed about autism without Autistic people being in the conversation.

- Ari Ne'eman

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    • Alana Moreno WAHIAWā, HI
      • about 1 year ago

      My son has autism

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    • David Lebovitz BALTIMORE, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      "Nothing about us without us" as the saying goes for people on the Autistic spectrum

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    • Melanie Hintermeister LINDEN TN, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      My 5 yr old son is Autistic and we live in a community with no resources available. www.facebook.com/BeatingAutism is my sons page and www.facebook.com/TENNESSEEAUTISM is my support group page. I am also a part of the Tennessee insurance rform committeee

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    • Melanie Hintermeister LINDEN TN, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      I have many autistic groups signing this!I have no doubt we will get this done!

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    • John Pham ENCINITAS, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      This is unacceptable!

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