Please go to the following url and sign your petition: https://www.change.org/p/autism-society-of-america-remove-steve-silberman-as-the-closing-keynote-speaker-from-the-47th-national-conference
I have given as my personal reason: Mr. Silberman is insensitive to the necessities or even existence of lower functioning and severely affected autistic individuals. He minimizes their plight and has re-written the history of autism in order to fulfill the biased agenda of neurodiversity.
The petition reads:
Steve Silberman is an autism writer that trivializes the disabilities that autistics face. When he was criticized for not including descriptions of low functioning autistics that wear diapers and bang their heads in his book Neurotribes, he said in an interview “Disability is Part of the Human Experience”.
The book Neurotribes claims that famous figures in history were autistic, but does not give much evidence to support those claims. Additionally, the book only offers vague and questionable solutions for employment among Autistics. He claims that the largest rise of the rate of Autism in California was in Silicon Valley, but this is actually no larger compared to most of California.
He will be speaking at the annual Autism Society of America conference on Saturday, July 16, 2016. He must be stopped, as the Autism Society of America must openly recognize the extent of the negative effects of Autism.