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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ransom Notes- Video and Update

Also, This is the update Liz D. has posted:

via a blog-friend

They have not responded to our requests to pull the campaign and I've heard that we are really emboldening Harold Koplewicz and his boss, Robert Grossman, appears to be letting Koplewicz see the campaign through. I found some contacts that are over both of their heads and we need to promote a major emailing, writing and phone calling campaign to Medical Center Board Chairman Kenneth Langone, NYU President John Sexton, and NYU Trustee Chairman Martin Lipton. Here is their contact info; PLEASE help get the word out (I have no idea how to!).

Kenneth Langone, Board Chairman
New York University Medical Center
(212) 421-2500
375 Park Avenue, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10152

Martin Lipton, Board of Trustee Chairman
New York University
(212) 403-1200
51 West 52nd Street, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10019

John Sexton, President
New York University
(212) 998-2345
70 Washington Square South, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10012

Edit: Just received this in e-mail:
Hello all,

Thank you to everyone who continues to call, write and e-mail the NYU Child Study Center and the other supporters of the "Ransom Notes" campaign to let it be known that all of these ads must be removed immediately. If you haven't contacted them yet, or if you want to do so again in a polite but resolute fashion to help keep the pressure on them, you can find contact information for the relevant people here. In addition, our petition has now collected over one thousand signatures and is still collecting many more. If you have not done so yet, we urge you to sign the petition and urge others to do so. Finally, we have two new organizational signatories, the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education and Quality Services for the Autism Community, Inc. We continue to garner support for our campaign to ensure a full withdrawal of these offensive advertisements.

In addition, I think it's important to stress that these advertisements are still in place. Although the ads were removed briefly from the Child Study Center website this weekend, they are back on the website and were never taken down from the kiosks, billboards and posters throughout New York City. As such we must continue to place pressure on the NYU Child Study Center to withdraw all of these offensive advertisements from wherever they have been placed. I have spoken directly with Dr. Harold Koplewicz, Director of the NYU Child Study Center. He knows that we are willing to work with NYU to create a better ad campaign, that is both effective and respects people with disabilities. I have made clear our position: that all of these advertisements must be removed and that, while our fight is with the "Ransom Notes" campaign and not with NYU, we intend to continue to keep the pressure on until these ads are withdrawn entirely. I urge you all to continue to call, write and e-mail the Center to ensure that they get that message. This is an opportunity to draw attention to the larger issue of respect for people with disabilities in advertising and media. Once again, thank you to everyone who has been involved in this response and to those who are about to. We will not give up until our objectives are achieved.

Ari Ne'eman
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, President