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“ASAN’s co-founder and president, Ari Ne’eman, an autism-rights activist in Washington, D.C., has seen how all those kids grow up and look for something else. “Autism Speaks tends to rely on bringing in younger families by stressing the idea that by donating money to them, their children can be made normal,” he writes. “As parents begin to realize that their autistic children will become autistic adults, they often start to look for more disability rights-oriented organizations and solutions.””

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