NeuroClastic

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NeuroClastic, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our publication provides a sounding board for #actuallyAutistic voices who are re-writing everything you thought you knew about the autistic spectrum. Our contributors are primarily autistic with other marginalized and disabled guest contributors and volunteers. Our organization also advocates for disability, LGBTQ+, and racial justice as autistic people occupy all intersections of marginalized identity. Further, we seek to provide helpful resources for parents, educators, service providers, legislators, and employers to foster a more accommodating, inclusive, and supportive society. #Autism #AllAutistics #neurodiversity

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Petitioning Jim Abeler

Remove Wayne Rohde from the Minnesota Autism Council

Dr. Sheryl Grassie and Wayne Rohde have contributed to dangerous pseudoscience which has put the public at large at risk, but has more stridently contributed to the oppression of autistic people. Mr. Rohde has even published a book and several articles which suggest that the government is engaging in a vast public misinformation conspiracy regarding the potential dangers of vaccines.   Other than his very ardent work to undermine the federal government and allege government corruption and the danger of vaccines, it is unclear what his role in advocacy and policy is. We are asking that Wayne Rohde be removed from the Minnesota Autism Council. During a pandemic, especially given that autistic people are more vulnerable to contracting and dying from a pandemic, Mr. Rohde’s positions are not compatible with the best interest of the autistic community.  Perpetuating harmful, anti-science rhetoric causes non-autistic people to see autism as brain damage, as disease, and as a result of absurd government conspiracies and cover-ups.  For obvious reasons, this has not advanced the cause of autistic education, health, creative and social enrichment, community supports, or basic human rights.  There are many autistic advocates and professionals in Minnesota who spend their lives interacting with and learning about autistic individuals and their needs. Minnesota should be proud to be host to what is perhaps the strongest autistic advocacy community in the world.   Minnesotan autistic self-advocacy is a vibrant and powerful culture and community wherein there are individuals who have been working for years to do the hard work of understanding where all autistic Minnesota residents are currently, what support needs are being met, where there are areas for improvement, how to address those needs, what programs and approaches are working for similar geographic, socioeconomic, and demographic populations, and are prepared to build a robust, interdependent network among paragovernmental and nonprofit organizations to maximize the resources designated to serving the autistic community of Minnesota and their families and caregivers.  Bigotry, pseudoscience, and misinformation have stalled progress for long enough. We are asking that you defer to the insights of self advocates who already have the most nuanced insight into the community’s needs, and the passionate, authentic investment in the best interest of a safer, more inclusive future for autistic children and adults. Our community is a tightly-knit network represented by professionals who are specialized in every relevant discipline and background in providing education, accommodation, and supports for the autistic community and who are prepared eager to offer that support to see the dedicated advocates of Minnesota carve out meaningful progress by which other states and jurisdictions can follow their lead.  We feel confident that our network of allied disability and autistic nonprofit organizations will also embrace supporting the efforts of the Minnesota Autism Council once autistic advocates are not obstructed by the influence of those who imply their brains are damaged and diseased as a result of vaccines.   In summary, we the signatories of this petition are highly invested in supporting the work of autistic advocates and the remaining council members to make sustainable, measurable, actionable progress so that there is a functional and successful model of effective leadership and policy for other states.  The world is reading our publication, and we would be honored to champion your commitment to inclusive policy led by autistic advocates.  Thank you for considering our proposal. 

NeuroClastic
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