November 29, 2012 was a historic day in autism. For the first time ever, autistic individuals were included in Congressional hearings. I will have more on that in another post, but as I watched the hearings, one member of the second panel, Scott Badesch, the president and chief operating officer of the Autism Society, said something I found odd about the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) . The odd comment starts at 3:18:00.
In the clip, at 3:18:00 to 3:18:18,
Mr. Badesch said that the IACC doesn't coordinate; had not been in touch with his organization; and implied that the IACC hadn't reached out to the other organizations represented on the panel, SafeMinds, ASAN, and GRASP. That statement seems a bit counterfactual to me, as the following are IACC public members:
- James Ball, Chair of the National Board of the Autism Society of America, joined IACC in 2012
- Geraldine Dawson, Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks; joined IACC in 2010
- Lynn Redwood, founding member of SafeMinds, joined IACC in 2007
- Scott Michael Robertson, co-founder of ASAN, joined IACC in 2012