I hear that Newsweek is going to run another article allowing the sadist, Ari Ne'eman, to lie to the world about autism. Before that comes out, I think it's useful for sane people to ask Newsweek to kill this article, or, at least allow us equal space to tell the truth about the horror of autism. You can send letters to Letters@newsweek.com . Mine is below.
I read an article from a few months ago in which you mentioned Ari Ne'eman. I hear you are doing another piece on him soon.
Please reconsider. This young man is not autistic. He has Asperger's syndrome, maybe. Being diagnosed at age 12 means there is virtually nothing wrong with him or it would have been noted at a much younger age.
For Ne'eman to associate the word "autism" with himself is criminal fraud. My son has autism. He is 12 years old, can't speak, isn't toilet trained. smears feces on the walls, bites himself (sometimes drawing blood), can't communicate beyond a few simple signs that he can't always do properly, and is pretty much a wreck. For Ne'eman to pretend he has ANYTHING in common with people like my son and then claim that autism should not be cured is a direct assault against my son and against every person who suffers horribly from autism.
I'd like an equal opportunity to refute every word that Ne'eman says. He claims to want respect and acceptance for people with autism. Do you see the false premise? He is not a person with autism. He has no right to portray himself as such and make the world think that autism is no big deal. Newsweek allows this liar to call himself autistic and everyone who reads your magazine thinks that autistics can attend college and function about the same as everyone else.
The truth of the matter is that every autistic person who is like my son will spend their adult years locked up in an institution and forgotten about. They will be beaten, sexually abused and will never be able to speak for themselves to ask for the cure that they so desperately need. You are allowing Ari Ne'eman to tell the world not to even try to help my son and to just send him to that institution and let him live a life of quiet abuse, neglect and despair.
In essence, Ari Ne'eman might as well be sentencing my son to life in prison without parole. My son has committed no crime. For Newsweek to allow Ari Ne'eman to say one word without allowing me to speak for my son against this sadistic, lying scoundrel is an outrage. As a father of a severely autistic boy, I demand equal time to set the record straight about how incredibly horrible autism is.
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Here's an email I received today from one of Ne'eman's supporters. It seems that Stephanie Bramson also supports the abuse of severely autistic children.
"Stephanie Lauren Bramson"
Wed, 13 May 2009 00:14:04 -0400 (EDT)
Stop harassing Ari Ne'eman, for God's sake. He is one of the few truly decent people out there. And leave his parents alone, too. They did not abandon him as a kid, nor did they mistreat him. Ari is one of my best friends, and I have known the Ne'emans for years. I knew him from the time when the kids in our English class picked on him to the point where someone had to come into the class to explain Asperger's Syndrome, through to the two years he spent in a special school for people with disabilities, biding his time until he'd be allowed back into the EB school system. Ari saved my life multiple times in high school. When I went through my first real episode of suicidal depression, he was one of my only supports. He definitely has Aspergers (anyone who spends ten minutes with the guy can figure that out), though he has trained himself to function and, incidentally, become a better people reader than anyone born with the ability. But more than that, he is one of the few really good people left in this world, and assholes like you should learn to let people like him live without fearing death threats and stalking attempts on their parents.
So get a fucking life, asshole,