Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Self-Advocates Call for Retraction of Editorial in The Washington Times
SILVER SPRING, Md.-- Last week, shortly after The Washington Times Opinion section published an editorial arguing against affirmative action for individuals with disabilities seeking jobs at the Justice Department, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) put out a statement in response, published in the paper.
Since then, ASAN has followed up with a FAQ, posted on the ASAN website, about federal disability hiring efforts that refutes many of the arguments made in the editorial. This FAQ outlines the purposes and differences in the forms mentioned in the Times editorial and explains why this hiring process doesn't create an unqualified workforce.
Attorney General Eric Holder also responded to the editorial via a letter to the editor published in the Times on Monday.
Ari Ne'eman, president of ASAN, agreed to answer some questions about why the Times editorial was not just offensive, but factually inaccurate and should be retracted.