As late as just a few months ago, The Autism Research Institute (ARI), promoted their upcoming Fall 2010 Defeat Autism Now! conference in a monthly newsletter. Note the name of the conference:
“Fall 2010 ARI/Defeat Autism Now! Conference”
Now look at ARI’s promotion of their Spring 2011 conference.
“Spring 2011 ARI Conference
(formerly known as Defeat Autism Now!)”
Do you see the difference? It’s pretty hard to miss. What about all those practitioners (physicians, nurses, chiropractors, nutritionists, naturopaths, and homeopaths, etc.) who want to participate in the “DAN! Physician Training”, you know, become “DAN! Practitioners”? How does one become a DAN! doctor, if Defeat Autism Now! is a former identity?
A quick look at the ARI Conference website answers that right away.
The practitioner seminars are still part of the conference. But there’s something potentially newsworthy here too.As of 12/31/11, ARI will no longer be maintaining a clinician registry (a.k.a “the DAN list”). No new names will be added to the registry in 2011.