Ari Ne'eman, Dora Raymaker Present Self-Advocate Views
As discussed by Sharon on the Family Voyage blog, the article has some flaws, of which the most glaring is a completely groundless assertion that autistic rights advocates in the United States are engaged in court battles to stop treatment programs from receiving government money. No such court cases exist. To the contrary, ASAN and other pro-neurodiversity groups have lobbied vigorously to expand the range of services and therapies made available through government programs and insurance mandates, while also pointing out that the focus of such programs should be on teaching useful skills rather than suppressing harmless differences. Michelle Dawson explains on her blog that the article misrepresented her intervention in a Canadian case several years ago.
The article also would have benefited from a discussion of the social model of disability. Although the author does mention that some families believe "safeguarding a child's dignity and teaching him to navigate a neurotypical world… don't have to be mutually exclusive," the article gives the misleading impression that this is a minority view among autistic culture proponents, when in fact the non-exclusiveness of respect for autistic differences and enabling autistics to interact effectively with others is central to the neurodiversity philosophy.
Overall, though, I am glad to see that self-advocates now are being interviewed for articles about autism much more often than in previous years, rather than being left out of the discussion altogether. The media seem to be moving in the right direction.