Tuesday, April 21, 2009

End the Hate: Petition to Tony Attwood and Isabelle Hénault

A petition created by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network is asking clinical psychologists Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault to stop giving their support to hate groups such as FAAAS and ASPIA that portray Autistics and people with neurological disabilities as violent by nature and abusive toward family members. In promoting the pseudoscientific concept of Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder, which is a completely groundless claim that being involved in a relationship with an Autistic person causes depression and other psychological harm, these groups seek to encourage discrimination against Autistic people in family law and relationships. Stereotypes and falsehoods like these can cause people with disabilities to face discrimination in divorce and child custody matters and, in some cases, to be denied their parental rights. Drs. Attwood and Hénault are closely associated with FAAAS through their membership on its Professional Advisory Panel and regular presentations at its conferences, and they recently presented at a conference sponsored by ASPIA.

Please join us in signing this petition to help secure the rights of all people to be treated equally under the law. E-mails can also be sent directly to tony@tonyattwood.com.au for Dr. Attwood and to ihenault@internet.uqam.ca for Dr. Hénault. ASAN President Ari Ne'eman has issued a statement to the community asking for support and signatures on the petition to Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault. It's time to end the hate!