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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: "Professor" John Elder Robison’s Limited Understanding of Autism and Autism Research

MIT Technology Review:  John Elder Robison is a professor at the  College of William & Mary and the author of Look Me in the Eye.

John Elder Robison is a former “free ranging “Aspie”, a successful businessman, writer and now apparently a professor as indicated in the MIT Technology Review article Fixing Autism Research We need . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: "Professor" John Elder Robison’s Limited Understanding of Autism and Autism Research

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM5 ASD Criterion D: No Clinically Signifcant Impairment in Current Functioning = No Autism

The DSM5 is certainly open to criticism; particularly in its combining of the pervasive developmental disorders into one Autism Spectrum Disorder ignoring the very large numbers of persons with DSM-IV Autistic Disorder who also suffer from Intellectual Disability.  One point which did make sense in the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic criteria though is the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM5 ASD Criterion D: No Clinically Signifcant Impairment in Current Functioning = No Autism

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s 3rd Tonic Clonic (Grand Mal) Seizure

Two and a half hours ago Conor suffered his 3rd Tonic Clonic or Grand Mal seizure.  (He also suffered an episode of rhabdomyolisis, a serious adverse reaction to his previous seizure medication).  On the previous 2 seizures Conor was in a room by himself when they started, this time he was with me in the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s 3rd Tonic Clonic (Grand Mal) Seizure

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Joel Rubinoff’s Angry, Ill Informed, Misleading Autism Rhetoric

Conor Doherty on World Autism Awareness Day 2014,  as I tried to take a “selfie” of the two of us wearing blue, gave his old Dad an unexpected hug.  As in this pic, Conor brings us great joy but his autism is a disorder  which restricts his life and causes him harm.  Joel Rubinoff father of . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Joel Rubinoff’s Angry, Ill Informed, Misleading Autism Rhetoric

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: We Must Face Reality: Autism Disorders Can Be Harmful, Even Deadly

After discovering an arm, torso and legs Thursday, police continue the search for human remains along a rocky shoreline in Queens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The remains belong to 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, officials confirmed Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)  Neurodiversity cult members, including some autism professionals, academics and neuroscience students like to scream at parents . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: We Must Face Reality: Autism Disorders Can Be Harmful, Even Deadly

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Parents Are Not Unbreakable

   The allegedly UNBREAKABLE blade of my window ice scraper snapped off under the strain of several days of heavy ice scraping in this December’s cold and snowy Canadian winter weather. In fairness to the manufacturers and distributors of the “Unbreakable” ice scraper blade I have used it well past the 3 year limited . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Parents Are Not Unbreakable

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Speaks Betrays Children, Adults With Severe Autism Disorders: Autism Speaks Blogger Calls Autism A Blessing

Since my 17 year old son was diagnosed with autistic disorder and profound developmental delays (and more recently, like many who share those conditions, with epileptic seizures) little has been done to advance our knowledge of causes, to find treatments or cures for autism disorders.  In terms of our understanding of autism we have . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Speaks Betrays Children, Adults With Severe Autism Disorders: Autism Speaks Blogger Calls Autism A Blessing

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: What Happens To Our Children When We Die? Maine Man Killed Himself and Adult Autistic Son in 2010

“Ginger Taylor  commented on the pressures on families with autism and on the greatest fear of many parents of autistic children: “That is the big question — what happens to our child when we die. …. We understand their needs better than anyone else. It really breaks my heart hearing what happened to this family. . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: What Happens To Our Children When We Die? Maine Man Killed Himself and Adult Autistic Son in 2010

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: My Reply to Non Autism Expert Dr. David H. Gorski Also Known as ORAC

Dr. David H. Gorski, who is NOT an autism expert, somewhat ironically,   attacks parents, professionals and journalists who disagree with his autism disorders opinions as “quacks”

Dear Dr. David H. Gorski. Thank you for acknowledging your total lack of autism expertise.  For the benefit of  readers unfamiliar with your “style:” I did . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: My Reply to Non Autism Expert Dr. David H. Gorski Also Known as ORAC

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Alex Spourdalakis Killing Exploited by Neurodiversity Extremist Emily J. Willingham.

Parents who speak honestly about the realities of autism disorders and the few journalists who dare challenge established views of autism causation are under attack …. again … by Forbes Columnist Emily J. Willingham, formerly known, a few years before her Forbes career, as blogger Daisy May Fatty Pants.  Not content to express her . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Alex Spourdalakis Killing Exploited by Neurodiversity Extremist Emily J. Willingham.

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: The Harsh Reality End of the Autism Spectrum

If you believe IACC Neurodiversity advocates  present and past,   Ari Ne’eman and Matthew Carey,  autism is not something that should be cured.  You won’t see much about the harsher aspects of life with autism disorders if you read their writings. In their view autism is nothing more than a different way of thinking, . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: The Harsh Reality End of the Autism Spectrum

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: IACC Neurodiversity Member Matt Carey Single-Handedly Reduces Intellectually Disabled To A "Small Segment of the Autistic Population"

The Interagency Autism Co-ordinating Committee (IACC) plays an important role in autism research and understanding.  It is unfortunate that sitting as a public member of the IACC is lbrb blogger Matthew J. Carey,  a member of the Neurodiversity movement which, at its core (1) portrays autism as a different way of thinking  not a . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: IACC Neurodiversity Member Matt Carey Single-Handedly Reduces Intellectually Disabled To A "Small Segment of the Autistic Population"

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: TPGA Aghast and Angry: Slate Dares Print Autism Parent Critique of Neurodiversity Ideology

TPGA guru Shannon Des Roches Rosa (SDDR) is aghast and angry because Slate.com has dared publish “Is the Neurodiversity (ND)  Movement Misrepresenting Autism?“, a gentle critique by autism parent Amy S.F. Lutz, of the harmful, irrational Neurodiversity ideology embraced by the leaders of the ironically named “Thinking” Person’s Guide to Autism.   Self labelled . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: TPGA Aghast and Angry: Slate Dares Print Autism Parent Critique of Neurodiversity Ideology

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Michigan Daily Promotes Harmful, Irrational ASAN Anti-Cure Ideology

In Autism as an identity, not a disease Michigan Daily editor Jennifer Xu  pushes the harmful Neurodiversity ideology that autism is not a disease or a disorder that should be cured  but an identity that should be embraced and promoted.    ideology furthers the harm it causes. 

“Autism as an identity, not a disease” features . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Michigan Daily Promotes Harmful, Irrational ASAN Anti-Cure Ideology

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Invisible Real Autistics Suffer While Self Promoters Peddle False View of Autism Disorder As An Alternative, Superior Way of Thinking

Some self promoting, self proclaimed “geeks” are pushing a distorted view of autism disorders as being  the domain of different, even superior, thinkers.  Historical geniuses long dead are often cited as examples of “suspected” autistic thinkers. Of course, the self promoting ideologues do not go so far as to embrace possible evil “autistic thinkers”. . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Invisible Real Autistics Suffer While Self Promoters Peddle False View of Autism Disorder As An Alternative, Superior Way of Thinking

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: You Listen Mister: Best Autism Advice This Autism Parent Ever Received

Following is a re-posting of an earlier comment: Irrational Neurodiversity Ideology Harms Children with Autism Disorders. As the title indicates it is my personal opinion, not as a lawyer, which I am, not as a medical professional which I am not. It is my view as an autism parent, of an ideology that I . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: You Listen Mister: Best Autism Advice This Autism Parent Ever Received

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: The Burden of Proof: IACC Director Insel’s 2009 Statement On Autism Increases

“Based on the above mentioned research, approximately 53% percent of the increase in autism prevalence over time may be explained by changes in diagnosis (26%), greater awareness (16%), and an increase in parental age (11%). While this research is beginning to help us understand the increase in autism prevalence, half of the increase . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: The Burden of Proof: IACC Director Insel’s 2009 Statement On Autism Increases

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare for Autism Now Interviews Harold Doherty

This is the video of my interview on Medicare for Autism Now! Since that interview a US Federal Court Judge has ordered Florida Medicaid to provide Medicaid coverage of ABA for autism. California has mandated insurers to provide ABA coverage for autism and the US federal government has done the same thing in respect . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare for Autism Now Interviews Harold Doherty

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism, Killarney Lake and The Conor Gift

Last night there were no pictures taken but Mom and Dad were walking the trail around Killarney Lake on either side of Conor when he put his arms through each of ours and walked along  looking back and forth at Mom and Dad with a huge smile, even a bit of a giggle at . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism, Killarney Lake and The Conor Gift

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Are Autism Disorders Morphing Into Einstein Turing Syndrome?

Autism disorders are misrepresented in the mainstream media, on the internet and, as has been confirmed many times, in autism research which excludes those with severe autism disorders simply because it is too difficult to work with severely autistic children and adults. One of the sorry ways in which autism disorders are misrepresented is . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Are Autism Disorders Morphing Into Einstein Turing Syndrome?

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: AOL Huffington Post Blogger Zurcher Promotes Autism Disorder Denial

I love and accept my son unconditionally. I  do not  embrace the autism disorder that restricts his life.  I  will speak honestly about autism disorders.  Ariane Zurcher is a jeweler, author and mother of a child with autism.  Zurcher  though is tired of people talking about autism as though it were a disorder or group of . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: AOL Huffington Post Blogger Zurcher Promotes Autism Disorder Denial

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: "Thinking" Persons Guide to Autism Issues Proclamation Declaring Autism Speaks Does Not Benefit Autistic People

Some of the people referenced in this post are affiliated with Autism Speaks. TPGA does not consider Autism Speaks an organization that benefits autistic people. -SR

I am not sure what constitutes “Thinking”  at the “Thinking” Persons Guide to Autism. The above quote from “SR”, Shannon Des Roches Rosa, . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: "Thinking" Persons Guide to Autism Issues Proclamation Declaring Autism Speaks Does Not Benefit Autistic People

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, . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s Autism Reality: From Joy To Self Injurious Behavior In A Flash