On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Jason Parsons secured a promise from Arizona State Representative Anthony Kern to form a special Joint Legislative committee for the specific purpose of giving Autistics the chance to speak for themselves.
This thread is a collection of all the documentation, and other information, that the presenters who will make up the Autistic panel wish to make available to the Arizona State legislators for their consideration. The member of the Autistic panel are as follows:
Sue Golubock, M.Ed., OTR/L: Retired Occupational Therapist, Autistic/Aspie (allowing her to understand Autism from both a personal & professional point of view), Autistic Self-Advocate & Co-organizer of the adult Autistic/Asperger’s support group at which Mr. Parsons learned about Autism.
Tara Marshall, BA, SLPA: Speech Language Pathology Assistant, Autistic/Aspie, (allowing her to understand Autism from both a personal & professional point of view) Autistic Self-Advocate & Co-organizer of the adult Autistic/Asperger’s support group at which Mr. Parsons learned about Autism.
Jason Parsons: Autistic/Aspie, Autistic Self-Advocate & general purpose church volunteer (including being a pre-school Sunday school teacher, puppeteer, English teacher of refugees & immigrants, social services volunteer for refugees, etc.)
Sam Bartlow, a fellow autistic self-advocate, received an email notification for the ASAN (Autism Self-Advocacy Network) concerning the Transition to Independence Act (S.1604) and shared the information with me. I became concerned with some of what I was reading in the “Factsheet” that ASAN had released. In order to clarify what this bill is actually about, I downloaded a copy of it so I could read it for myself:
After reading through the bill, I am even more concerned about the apparent short sightedness of those who wrote it. Note that the language I am using indicates that I am open to the possibility that there is more to this plan than I am aware of, and that those who wrote it might be able to set me straight on some or all of my concerns. The first step for them to do this is to engage in direct dialog with me, as well as others who may also have concerns.
In order to bring this about, I have contacted 7 of the 11 members of the Arizona Congressional Delegation to invite them to be guests on my August 12, 2015, internet radio program. Two of them were contacted by email, two by hand letter to their home office and three by both methods. Since they were only given a week and a half notice, I am not chastising them for not participating.
However, I do hope that at least one of their aides will take the time to listen to the broadcast, and/or the video of the 3rd Saturday of the month meeting on August 15, 2015, that I will post online. I also intend to link both the broadcast and video to a number of social media sites that are most conducive to public comment. If one of the aides do visit these online resources that I will be providing them with links to, I believe they will feel that the information shared is of such a high quality that they will encourage the Congressional delegate to listen for him or herself.
For more information on the Subject of Autistic Employment, please go to our “Employment” page:
Other Subject for our politicians to take into consideration consideration