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Official Proclamation of United We Serve

June 20, 2009

For Immediate Release [first published on June 21, 2009]

The The League to Fight Neurelitism, a public sociology and an advocacy journalism project, supports a consistent application of United Nations values regarding human rights and social justice to all Autistics.

United States President Barak Obama has designated the period June 22 through September 11, 2009, as United We Serve. Administered by the Corporation for National Service, it is, in the president’s words, a “summer service initiative.”

As explained on the United We Serve website:

The national service movement will continue long after September 11, 2009. This summer, we are laying the foundation for a sustained, collaborative and focused effort to promote service as a way of life for all Americans. President Obama is asking us to make an initial service commitment from June 22 to September 11. After the culmination of our 81 days of service, we will renew our commitment and continue our work.

The League to Fight Neurelitism wholeheartedly endorses the president’s service initiative. We have also registered our own project:

Description: The League to Fight Neurelitism, a single-person initiative, is seeking Autistic self-advocates who would be interested in helping to develop the Fight Neurelitism Forum (through ning.com). The site is already set up. What is needed are people to promote it, make postings, and respond to questions.

Tasks for Volunteers: Aside from being on the Autistic spectrum, you should be a reasonably good writer.

You may, if you like, sign up for our project on this page of the United We Serve site. If not, we would encourage you to either volunteer for another project or develop your own. Several toolkits are provided to assist you in the developmental process.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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Originally posted to http://statements.neurelitism.com/unitedweserve.html

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bill permalink
    June 21, 2009 2:23 pm

    Huh, you have a great project going here. I especially like the concept of fighting Neurelitism, understood as the designation and forcing of a certain neurological status quo and thus a certain normative experiential reality upon others. In general I am interested in the different uses that new media is put to in the arena of citizen journalism and your specific form of advocacy journalism is a rather provocative example. There are some great interviews with top journalists about issues influencing the future of journalism and citizen journalism at http://www.ourblook.com/component/option,com_sectionex/Itemid,200076/id,8/view,category/#catid69 which I have found very useful. I will have to look further into your work.

    • June 21, 2009 5:32 pm

      Bill:

      Thank you very much. I will visit that site as soon as I send this message.

      Edit: Very well thought-out site. I joined and set up a community, too. I also linked to it from my webzine: SocioSphere.com

      Mark

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