A White House press release dated December 16, 2009, announced that a prominent neurodiversity advocate, Ari Ne'eman, has been named to a key governmental post. Obama has named Ne'eman to the National Council on Disability, which is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the president and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities. Ne'eman is the founding president of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Vice Chairman of the New Jersey Adults with Autism, and a board member of TASH and the Autism National Committee. He himself has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Earlier this year, Ne'eman was featured in a Newsweek article where he argued that autism is both a disability and a different way of being, and that neurodiversity is a concept that should be accepted by society. He was also featured in a Good Morning America segment advocating for the rights of people on the autistic spectrum (below).