Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 2013: The Year Of Autism’s Grand Error, The DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder

Photo by Harold L Doherty Edward Ritvo-Susan Swedo Shootout at  the IMFAR Corral, Sheraton, Toronto, May 18, 2012 The year 2013 will be remembered as the year the simplified DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder definition was imposed on a very complex and diverse group of disorders and/or symptoms.  Catherine Lord, Susan Swedo and other members of the DSM-5 committee ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Researcher Bias and the Targeted Exclusion of Intellectually Disabled in the DSM-5 Autism Do-Over

Autism researcher bias exists and its effect, when the DSM-5 takes effect in 2013,  will further the redefinition of autism as social awkwardness and the exclusion from the autism spectrum of persons with severe intellectual disabilities.   David Kupfer, M.D., chair of the DSM-5 Task Force,  has stated that “the proposed ASD criteria are backed by the ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s Autism Reality: From Joy To Self Injurious Behavior In A Flash

I have never accepted, and have in fact been openly contemptuous of, the view that autism is a joy, an alternative, even superior way of thinking.   My son’s autistic disorder diagnosis accurately describes autism as it really is …  a disorder, one that  impairs the lives of those, like my son Conor, who suffer ...