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ASAN Repudiates Comments Linking Autism and Violence at Capitol January 6th | Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Mr. Watkins’ idea of a movement made up of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities apparently looks like the January 6th rioters. This is ignorant, hateful, and untrue. The self-advocacy movement has been led by people with intellectual disabilities — people Mr. Watkins denigrates as “short-bus people” and “ret—ed” — since its inception in the 1960s. The self-advocacy movement has been a powerful force for change, fighting for deinstitutionalization, self-determination, civic participation, and a better public perception of people with intellectual disabilities. That has included working to end the use of the r-word, and other slurs, to refer to people with intellectual disabilities. Mr. Watkins would do well to learn about the self-advocacy movement, its aims, and its long history of leadership of people of color.


ASAN Repudiates Comments Linking Autism and Violence at Capitol January 6th | Autistic Self Advocacy Network