Lenny Schafer, posting on Tue Oct 17, 2006, in the mailing list EOHarm, reacted to the program as follows:
The neuro diversity campaigners continue their efforts to redefine autism as not a disability, but a personality trait we just all need to learn to live with. This is nothing more than the crass exploitation of the disabled and needs to be called out as such. They are trying to steal "autism" from the disabled.
My first reaction to this was to think that Lenny Schafer is trying to steal "semantics" from grammar. No, seriously, I'm not sure I understand what he's trying to say.
Maybe he is saying that all anti-cure autistics are not disabled, but all pro-cure autistics are disabled? And that we are trying to steal the "autism" label from pro-cure autistics?
Or perhaps he thinks the autism rights movement is at odds with the disability rights movement? Is it? I wonder what deaf people think of autism rights, for example.