Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Autistic People Deserve Equality: Petition to Tony Attwood and Isabelle Hénault

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network would like your support for our petition calling on Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault, two psychologists widely known for their writings and presentations in the area of Autism, to disassociate themselves from hate groups such as FAAAS and ASPIA that seek to encourage discrimination against Autistic people in family law and relationships. These groups promote the pseudoscientific concept of Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder, which is based on a prejudiced and scientifically unsupported claim that romantic involvement with an Autistic person causes a depressive disorder, and falsely claim that Autistics and people with neurological disabilities are likely to be violent and abusive in family relationships. Such stereotypes, which have caused people with disabilities to be deprived of parental rights and discriminated against in divorce and child custody cases, have no place in our society.

Drs. Attwood and Hénault, who have been regular presenters at Cassandra-related events over the past decade, currently are serving as members of the FAAAS Professional Advisory Panel. Their association with Cassandra hate groups threatens the civil rights of Autistic people and others with disabilities. Please join us in signing this petition to help secure the rights of all people to be treated equally under the law. If you also wish to send e-mails directly, tony@tonyattwood.com.au is the e-mail address for Dr. Attwood and ihenault@internet.uqam.ca is the e-mail address for Dr. Hénault. Also, here is a link to a statement by ASAN President Ari Ne'eman asking the community to sign the petition to Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault. Your support in ending stereotypes and discrimination is very much appreciated.

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