(long form of this Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/phineasfrogg/status/1406307615605411846)
I signed the open letter to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s board of directors to point out that ASAN has a lot of work to do on ensuring racial equity and including people with intellectual disabilities. I think ASAN senior staff want to do the right thing, but more work needs to be done.
Of the personal conflicts among board members, I know little, and of the brouhaha over “Autistic, Typing,” I know nothing—I have used social media infrequently over the past few months. I hold no animus against Ari Ne’eman, Sarah Kapit, or any of the other board members mentioned in the letter—again, I signed the letter only to highlight areas in which ASAN must improve. I’ve always had a collegial relationship with Ari and Sarah, and I’ve never been at the board meetings to draw any substantive judgment from them.
I’ve asked the original signatories to edit the letter to clarify that my involvement is to advocate racial equity, cross-disability inclusion, and transparency, not to sign on to any personal grievances. No more, no less.