The autism communities are far from unanimous in goals and methods. Given the makeup of the IACC, consisting as it does of governmental agencies plus public members of organizations that have been highly critical of each other, one might wonder if it anything could get accomplished.
But, in the end, most groups have more than a single goal. And, if you remember back to your set theory lessons, that leads to intersections—overlap—common ground.
I was reminded of this watching the IACC meeting. I could only watch bits and pieces during the day. One standout part of the morning came when Jim Moody of the National Autism Association gave a public comment talking about issues of safety, elopement, drownings—preventable deaths of autistics young and old.
Towards the end of the meeting I listened to a number of people refer back to this presentation. Amongst these commenters was Ari Ne’eman. Mr. Ne’eman obviously took the idea seriously and was calling for serious consideration of how this could be implemented into the Strategic Plan, calling for input from the services subcommittee.
I know the idea of safety are not new to Mr. Ne’eman. I contacted him recently when I was preparing a piece, Search and Rescue and autistics.
The members of the IACC span a wide diversity of ideas and viewpoints. Diversity, that’s a good thing.
But, working together for the common good: that’s common ground. Ideas that span diverse organizations and viewpoints. That is a very good thing.