Friday, January 11, 2008

ASAN Victorious Against Offensive Ads

In December 2007, ASAN's national leadership took the initiative in coordinating an effort by 22 disability rights organizations calling for the removal of a stereotyped and highly offensive advertising campaign by the NYU Child Study Center, "Ransom Notes," which portrayed autistics and others with neurological differences as tragic kidnap victims.

Within two weeks, the NYU Child Study Center announced that they were ending the "Ransom Notes" ad campaign in response to widespread public pressure. In addition, ASAN obtained a commitment from Dr. Harold Koplewicz, Director of the NYU Child Study Center, to pursue real dialogue in the creation of any further ad campaign depicting individuals with disabilities.

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