The only person I can find from the "We hate neurodiversity" side who picked this story up was Jonathan Mitchell, after Ari Ne'eman put out an email and alert requesting ASAN members email the principal and superintendent. Mitchell's main focus, though, was not on Zakh Price, but instead on Ari Ne'eman's inconsistencies. To Mitchell's credit, he did allow my comment on last night with a link to the Zakh appeal for folks to donate. Mitchell is the ONLY person on the "other side" who has covered this at all, even if his coverage is not what we might have hoped for.
Age of Autism has been dead silent. Not a peep. Not a word. The closest that particular section of the autism community came to discussing this was Bensmyson going over to the Channel 5 thread and quickly turning it into an antivaccination screed. In fact, before the thread disappeared, Tre Benson (bensmyson) had written this actual wackaloon statement: "This is the future, this is the epidemic each of you are responsibl e for as the direct result of herd immunity. Get used to it because as long as ignorance and denial continues to fester in your school system and children like Zakhqurey are victimized by the school system it will suck dry the tax dollars you work so hard for."
Doherty, who's usually willing to cover this kind of thing, is instead stuck on Ari Ne'eman's unsuitability for the Council on Disability and why the neurodiverse community isn't covering the conviction of a conspiracy to murder his parents. Not a peep from him, either, except at Mitchell's blog, where he accuses Emily, Socrates, and me of "cheap personal shots." I noticed Mitchell had screwed the pooch on this. Does Doherty not get that phrase? Perhaps he's overly literal and thinks I'm accusing Mitchell of actual intercourse with a dog? Here, Doherty, is what that phrase means:
"Screwed the pooch," meaning "made a terrible mistake," is a cleaned-up paraphrase that author Tom Wolfe popularized. Wolfe's book "The Right Stuff," which dealt with the early years of America's manned space program, used the phrase "screwed the pooch" in describing a calamitous error made by Mercury Astronaut Gus Grissom.How is that a cheap personal shot? Only in Doherty's reality.
It is beyond mind-boggling the comments that the ONE post from the folks who label themselves anti-neurodiversity has generated.
What about the autism community's bastion of neutrality, Lisa Jo? Not a peep over there, either. I had to join the facebook page to place a link to the facebook group for Zakh, but you have to go looking for it to find it.
It's not readily viewable by any means.
The anti-neurodiverse advocates (let's call them that) continually get what neurodiversity means WRONG. They whine and bitch and moan, but they do not act. They do not work to make the world a better place. If they think that's what harping on Ne'eman or neurodiversity is, they are sadly mistaken.
They should pay close attention to Stephanie Lynn Keil, who (while she not may be sure of neurodiversity) DOES act. Does attempt to make a difference. She has a lot to teach them about action. She's donating to a cause she cares about; she's volunteering. She is making efforts to make her life and the lives of others better through advocating for more discussion of abuse and self esteem issues. Kudos to Stephanie!
I challenge the other side of the autism community, those who think vaccines cause autism, those who won't take a stand, and those who just want to see autism eradicated (or cured), to get active in this. Staying silent on the issues regarding Zakh Price doesn't say much about your character. It looks like sour grapes. It does. "Oh, if the neurodiverse community is advocating, we're going to badmouth them and the boy and stay silent."
In a backhanded way, Doherty, by tweeting a link to this blog, has passed this story on to 782 people:
"KWombles ducks issues re Asperges man convicted of conspiring to murder his parents http://tinyurl.com/ygzhy7a #Neurodiversity #autism."
Too bad he won't cover the story directly.