Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ransom Notes and thank you letters

According to a letter from Dr. Harold Koplewicz, Founder and Director of the New York University Child Study Center, the "Ransom Notes" campaign is over. He writes:
Though we meant well, we've come to realize that we unintentionally hurt and offended some people. We’ve read all the emails, both pro and con, listened to phone calls, and have spoken with many parents who are working day and night to get their children the help they need. We have decided to conclude this phase of our campaign today because the debate over the ads is taking away from the pressing day-to-day work we need to do to help children and their families. They are and remain our first concern.

Our goal was to start a national dialogue. Now that we have the public’s attention, we need your help. We would like to move forward and harness the energy that this campaign has generated to work together so that we do not lose one more day in the lives of these children. We hope you will partner with us to bring the issues surrounding child and adolescent mental health to the top of America's agenda...

We invite all of you to continue this conversation online at a “town hall” meeting that we will hold early next year as we plan the next phase of our national public awareness campaign on child mental health. Look for details on our web site

Thanks, Dr. Koplewicz, for listening to feedback, acknowledging mistakes, and working to correct them. And thanks, too, to everyone who wrote and spoke and signed and demanded to be heard. You have made a difference.

See you all at town hall.


Daisy said...

Good. I am disappointed that he feels it took this kind of tactic to raise awareness and gain the attention of the public. Negative attention is not what autism advocates need.

Anonymous said...

Too little too late?
It took Harold Koplewicz too long to realize that hurting people you want to "help" is not acceptable collateral damage. We should write these officials to thank them for pulling the ads and request that they WATCH THE KOP to make sure he doesn't try anything this dirty again to drum up business in the name of public awareness:

Kenneth Langone, Board Chairman
New York University Medical Center

Martin Lipton, Board of Trustee Chairman
New York University

John Sexton, President
New York University

kristen spina said...

I'm with you, mom-nos, this was a good day.

Marla said...

I wrote about this too. I am very glad they made this decision. I do agree with Daisy's comment.

Anonymous said...

you. are. amazing.


Casdok said...

I also ditto Daisy.
But also good to know that we were listened too (in the end).

Anonymous said...

I don't trust anyone who uses the word "partner" as a verb. No, I don't partner with anyone. I join with them cooperate with them but I refuse to partner with them. Neither do I parent my child.
After church services I don't hang around and fellowship with the other God-botherers.
Please, won't someone help these poor benighted bureaucrats learn English grammar?