Autistic Adult Ari Ne'eman Serving on IACC

| by Kate Wharmby Seldman

The videocast of today’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee meeting has commenced, and Ari Ne’eman of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is at the table.

Fellow autistic adult Stephen Shore is already serving on the IACC, and Ne'eman's presence now brings the total of autistic adults on the IACC to two, unless there is any other recent addition to the committee whom we don't yet know about. 

Ne'eman has Asperger's Syndrome. He's the founding president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. According to his biography on the ASAN's Web site, he's currently studying political science in the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and he expects to graduate in May 2010.

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's web site describes the committee as "coordinat[ing[ all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through its inclusion of both Federal and public members, the IACC helps to ensure that a wide range of ideas and perspectives are represented and discussed in a public forum."