Upcoming meetings

Wednesday, June 15, 4-6pm (309 McCampbell Hall)

** Meetings usually take place in the coffee shop area of the campus Barnes & Noble, 1598 North High Street, Columbus. [google map]

Public Lecture: Ari Ne'eman, "Neurodiversity and the College Campus"
November 29, 2010

Location: 311 Denney Hall, 164 W. 17th Ave, Ohio State campus, Columbus

Acceptance. Inclusion. Rights. This is the work of the burgeoning neurodiversity movement, work that is of utmost importance to local communities. What can students, faculty, and community members alike do to advocate for autistic rights and facilitate social change?

Ari Ne'eman is the Founding President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. He is an autistic adult and a leading advocate in the neurodiversity movement, frequently briefing policymakers and speaking publicly on disability and autism policy issues. In 2009, President Obama nominated Ari to the National Council on Disability, a federal agency charged with advising Congress and the President on disability policy issues. He was confirmed by the Senate in July 2010. In April 2010, he was appointed by Secretary Sebelius as a public member to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.

Talk is free and open to the public.

Event sponsored by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network at Ohio State, the Autism Society of Central Ohio, and Aspirations Ohio. Program brought to you by the Student Activity fee.

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Protest Against Autism Speaks
October 10, 2010
8:30am to noon
Facebook event listing

Join us as we protest the Autism Speaks walk for autism on Sunday, October 10 from 8:30am to 12:00pm. We will be protesting Autism Speaks' lack of community support, its support for eugenics, its unethical advertising practices, its failure to include any Autistic people in its decision-making processes, and its extraordinarily high executive pay.

We'll be meeting at the corner of Fred Taylor and Borror Drive (called Arena Dr. on google maps), right by the 4-H Center, and this is where we'll carry out our protest. For more information, please visit the links below or send an email to

Campus map + driving directions

Why Autism Speaks Does Not Speak for Us

Neurodiversity Awareness: A Counter-DemonstrationNoranne making a sign that reads "curebie, noun: a person
April 20, 2010
12:00 - 3:00pm
South Oval lawn (behind the new Ohio Union)

In response to the ableist Autism Speaks autism awareness event on April 1 and 2, ASAN-Central Ohio/Ohio State will be holding a counter-demonstration on April 20, from noon until 3, on the south oval lawn. We welcome anyone and everyone to join us as we protest neurobigotry in all of its forms. We will have signs on hand (though feel free to bring your own), including some alarming facts about Autism Speaks, its eugenic aims, its fear-spreading propaganda, and its unrepresentative leadership.


Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability
April 27-28, 2010
Conference website

Session B: First-Class Autistics, Second-Class Citizens: Employment, Education, and Autistic Self-Advocacy.
Ari Ne’eman, Founding President, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
Melanie Yergeau, Director, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network - Central Ohio/Ohio State; PhD Candidate in English, OSU
Justin Rooney, Autistic Self-Advocate, ASAN-Central Ohio/OSU
Noranne Cochran, Autistic Self-Advocate, ASAN-Central Ohio/OSU; Blogger, Prism Song

The panel will explore the various employment and education access issues that autistic individuals face. The presentation approaches these issues from a variety of perspectives: historical, social, cultural, and personal and centers around important workplace and education issues that autistic people encounter. They will discuss some ways in which we—autistic people and non—can foster more inclusive professional environments.

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