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Position Statement on Social and Economic Development

December 18, 2008

For Immediate Release [first published to The League to Fight Neurelitism website on December 17, 2008]

Autistics, not unlike individuals with certain other categories of disabilities, are disproportionately unemployed and underemployed. As a social and economic development (SED) project, one vitally concerned with these disparities, The League to Fight Neurelitism is dedicated to the proposition of social and economic justice for autistics at all points along the spectrum.

It is the position of The League to Fight Neurelitism that everyone, including persons on the autistic spectrum, is entitled to the full range of social and economic benefits available to other members of a society. Neurological differences should not be automatically indexed to inequalities in wealth, power, privilege, and prestige.

Furthermore, to establish the behaviors of more neurotypical (neurologically typical) individuals as benchmarks for autistics, in their efforts to achieve economic or social measures of success, is, in our view, both patently unfair and unrealistic. Universal access is a worthy goal, and it requires, by definition, that all persons receive accommodations suitable to their physical, mental, and neurological competencies.

There is no formal membership in The League to Fight Neurelitism. Anyone who participates, on any level, is considered to be a “member.” Once on our website, individuals may utilize our social networking services, read the advice to job seekers, and take advantage of our other offerings.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark A. Foster, Ph.D.
Founding Director,
The League to Fight Neurelitism


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