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Artist Yoko Ono Designated as Global Autism Ambassador

by VR Sreeraman on  April 3, 2010 at 2:57 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Artist Yoko Ono Designated as Global Autism Ambassador
Charity Autism Speaks has appointed Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon, as the first Global Autism Ambassador.

The 77-year-old artist last year worked with the organization to create a seven-foot mural named Promises, to mark the World Autism Awareness Day.
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And now she has agreed to be the ambassador for Autism Speaks, The Daily Express reported.no after receiving the honour at a reception in New York said, "As an artist the concept of distance means nothing to me.

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"You can bring the whole world together with a song, a painting or a single word and that is what I have tried to achieve with Promise and I hope it has been able to make a difference."

Source: ANI
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I wish that one were aware that many on the spectrum do not feel well-represented by "autism speaks." theirs truly is not the only view of autism, or of what it means to be autistic.

in addition, only a very small portion of its budget actually goes to providing services for autistic and the families of autistic. The organization has not employed anyone with autism in a decision-making capacity, despite its claims of being an advocacy group.

There are autism advocacy groups which actually welcome the views of those who are on the autism spectrum. Unfortunately, autism speaks is not one.

VivaVis Sunday, April 4, 2010

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