Ari Ne’eman of ASAN testifies to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Ari Ne’eman, of ASAN (the Autistic Self Advocacy Network), recently testified on ADAAA Proposed Regulations before the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The transcript is below.

Testimony given to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Town Hall Listening Session on the ADAAA Proposed Regulations, Philadelphia, PA, 10/30/09; Stuart Ishimaru, Acting Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, presiding.

MR. ISHIMARU: Next we have Ari Ne’eman. We look forward to your statement and welcome.

ARI NE’EMAN: Thank you very much and thank you for the chance.

I represent the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a group of Autistic people speaking for ourselves.

For too long, prior to the passage of the ADA Amendments Act, the approach of addressing discrimination and of viewing the difficulties that those on the autism spectrum face through the context of discrimination rather than merely through the context of impairment…

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