ARI: Moving Forward | Autism Research Institute

Because the name “Defeat Autism Now!” does not accurately describe the medical approach to understanding and treating autism, and because some people have been offended by the phrase, ARI will no longer use the name. (As one person with ASD wrote, the name feels like a “personal affront, that I am not good enough as a human being, and that, because we are not neurotypical, people with autism need to be defeated.”) Furthermore, the Divers’ Alert Network owns the copyright for “DAN!,” and they have requested that we no longer use it. In the future, our biannual conferences will simply be called ARI Conferences.

Source: ARI: Moving Forward | Autism Research Institute

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