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National Autism Association Maintains Support of Travoltas Despite Whoopi Goldberg's Mistaken Comments on ABC's 'The View'
Date:9/29/2009

NIXA, Mo., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Autism Association (NAA) stated today that they very much support the Travolta family and all families affected by autism despite Whoopi Goldberg's comments today on ABC's The View. During this morning's episode, Goldberg stated, "The National Autism Association has come out saying that they did not expect Travolta to be a celebrity spokesperson for autism, but that he should have come forward sooner." Goldberg's comments were made following an ABC news article where NAA President Wendy Fournier was asked to make a statement about the Travolta debate.

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Fournier's statement, however, was the opposite of what Goldberg stated on the show. "But I've read some things that really bother me -- basically that they should have come forward sooner. Everybody handles autism in the best way that they can and for whatever personal reasons they had, they chose not to make it public," is what Fournier stated in the ABC article.

In response to Goldberg's comments, Fournier said, "I agree with Ms. Goldberg, the Travoltas, like any other family struggling with the illness of their child, are entitled to their privacy. I have read hurtful, judgmental comments from individuals as well as organizations, suggesting that that the Travolta family owed it to the autism community to use their celebrity to bring awareness to the disorder. I couldn't disagree more."

NAA feels there may have been confusion in how the quote was read by Ms. Goldberg, but the organization states that it in no way feels that any autism family should b
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