Autistic self-advocate to speak at Syracuse University

January 23, 2013

photo of AriAri Ne’eman, president and co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, will deliver two lectures at Syracuse University. On Feb. 4 at the College of Law, Ne’eman will talk about mass murder and stereotyping mental illness. During his Feb. 5 talk at the Burton Blatt Institute, which will be streamed live online, he will focus on the stereotypes of neurological and psychiatric disabilities in connection with the recent shootings and new gun laws.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is an organization run by and for Autistic adults seeking to increase the representation of Autistic people across society. In 2009, President Obama nominated Ne’eman to the National Council on Disability, a federal agency charged with advising Congress and the President on disability policy issues. He chairs the Council’s Entitlements Committee.

In his policy work, Ne’eman has worked on a variety of disability rights related legislation relating to education, transition, employment, rights protection, and other areas. From 2010 to 2012, he served as a public member to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services concerning autism.

Schedule of Events


February 4, 12:00-1 p.m.
Mass Murder & Stereotyping Mental Illness, College of Law, Room 200

February 5, 12:30-2 p.m. (streamed online)
Scapegoating after a Tragedy: Disability, Stigma, and the Aftermath of Newtown, BBI collaboratory, Crouse-Hinds, 3rd floor

Listen to the recorded session