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Noted Self-Advocate Cuts Ties With Autism Speaks

John Elder Robinson, a prominent self-advocate of autism awareness, resigned from his advisory post with Autism Speaks. Robinson, who served on the group’s science and treatment boards, said he decided to step down after what many in the autism community saw as an insensitive commentary from Autism Speaks co-founder Suzanne Wright. According to Robinson, he had often been criticized along with the organization for not including more people with autism in leadership roles. Read more.