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Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Bad Candidate

In The Politics of Autism, I write about the everyday struggles facing autistic people and their families -- including casual prejudice against disabled people.

From the R Word Campaign:
A candidate for Oklahoma's state senate chose to use the "r" word to be funny during a Facebook Live video. Leslie NesSmith there is never an appropriate time to use the "r" word.... People with intellectual disabilities have been discriminated against, bullied and even killed just because of their disability. We do not find this funny, humorous or ever appropriate for any human to say, especially someone who wants to stand up for and speak up for those with disabilities at the state senate. I strongly suggest you find and visit with one of the local Self-Advocacy chapters in Oklahoma. I believe you will better understand why this is not just a word, but has historicly been to devalue another human. You can reach the Oklahoma People First here: