Sunday, April 19, 2009

Petition to Tony Attwood and Isabelle Hénault

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has created a petition calling on Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault, two psychologists widely known for their writings and presentations in the area of Autism, to disassociate themselves from hate groups promoting the groundless and pseudoscientific concept of Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder and related stereotypes and libels. These groups, including FAAAS and ASPIA, falsely claim that Autistics and people with neurological disabilities are likely to be violent and to abuse their family members. These groups seek to encourage discrimination against Autistic people in family law and relationships. Such stereotypes have caused people with disabilities to be deprived of parental rights and discriminated against in divorce and child custody cases. Drs. Attwood and Hénault have been regular presenters at Cassandra-related events over the past decade and currently are members of the FAAAS Professional Advisory Panel.

Regardless of your background or interest in Autism or cross-disability issues, we hope that you will join us in signing this petition to help secure the rights of all people to be treated equally under the law. For those who are interested in e-mailing directly, is the e-mail address for Dr. Attwood and is the e-mail address for Dr. Hénault. Also, here is a link to a statement by ASAN President Ari Ne'eman asking the community to sign the petition to Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault. Thank you for your support in ending stereotypes and discrimination.


laurentius rex said...

Signed without any compunction.

It is my belief that the next step would be to approach the professional bodies governing these two psychologists practices with a view to making a complaint of misconduct if they continue to associate with hate speech.

I would urge anyone who has the necessary legal background to start preparing the material now.

David N. Andrews M. Ed. (Distinction) said...

Unequivocal support from this psychologist.