Friday, December 14, 2007

Disability-awareness campaign angers families, advocates

The campaign began in magazines as well as on kiosks and billboards around New York City.

Six "ransom notes" featured in a New York University Child Study Center campaign to raise awareness for 12 million children "held hostage" by autism, ADHD, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bulimia have outraged some. "The idea of an autistic person being held hostage is a very disturbing and backward image," parent Vicki Forman said. "Rather than promote public awareness, this reinforces stereotypes -- that there is something damaged about the autistic person, something in need of a repair." The New York Times

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