Autism News

How did the vaccine controversy start and why won’t it go away? by Robert Naseef, Ph.D.

By RNaseef on February 20, 2015

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Facts are stubborn things, but study after study and warning after warning doesn’t kill the intense fear that many parents have about vaccinating their children. My son, Tariq, received the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) in 1981 around the same time that he lost his speech and started flapping.  From my experience since then, I […]

What’s MSSNG in #Autism? – By John Elder Robison

By alex on December 10, 2014

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Yesterday a new hashtag campaign appeared in my Twitter feed – #MSSNG. It seemed to refer to autism, and a new research project. I had an immediate reaction, based on my interpretation of the letters in the context of the autism discussion – I thought, Missing?  Certainly not.  We may be gifted or we may […]

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Autism-friendly events for adults and why they matter

By alex on December 10, 2014

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This is a sponsored post by Elly from The National Autistic Society. From doctor’s surgeries to train stations to offices, it’s no great shock to learn that many places people with autism have to visit are not autism-friendly. There have, of course, been big campaigns about this – and people are taking notice. Social institutions, […]

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Jerry Seinfeld and Autism – by John Robison

By alex on November 20, 2014

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Jerry Seinfeld’s casual statement that he “might be on the autism spectrum” has created a huge uproar in the autism community. I posted a few paragraphs on Facebook last night and I thought I’d follow up here with more thoughts. I think it’s important to have respected figures identify in a positive way with autism. […]

Autism Rights Watch Grieves for the Families after Newtown, CT Shootings

By alex on December 15, 2012

Autism Rights Watch grieves for the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School and the community of Newtown, CT. We are devastated. Our wishes and condolences go to the many families affected. Our thoughts also go to the first responders who faced this horrific scene.

The news of the gunman massacre was an absolute shock. “Evil visited this community” said Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. 20 year-old Adam Lanza made a...

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Exclusive: Watch the Banned French Autism / Psychoanalysis Film: The Wall

By alex on January 27, 2012

An anonymous source has given Wrong Planet a copy of the banned film in france that exposes human rights violations perpetrated by government funded psychoanalysts in France against autistic individuals in the country. Using a technique called “packing,” children (often unclothed) are wrapped tightly in frozen wet blankets for more than 45 minutes in an […]

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Autism in France Pt. 2: Psychoanalysis Film Banned in France

By alex on January 27, 2012

It's a gloomy day. I'm riding on a train from New York City to Philadelphia with french filmmaker Sophie Robert for the international premiere of her film The Wall or Psychoanalysis Put to the Test for Autism. I was with Sophie in New York City filming a documentary yesterday when she received a call from her lawyer.

She was awaiting the results of a frivolous lawsuit brought against her by psychoanalysts upset by her exposé. Autistic...

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Autism in France: Psychoanalysis, Packing, and Other Travesties: Why it Matters

By alex on January 17, 2012

Unlike most modern countries, the Autism Spectrum in France is viewed as a disease that can and should be cured. The dark-ages culture of neglect and abuse remains extremely strong. The documentary The Wall or Psychoanalysis Put to the Test for Autism reveals how outdated theories haunt Autism there.

David Heurtevent is a 32 year-old autistic self-advocate from France. He has travelled extensively and even got a degree from Georgetown....

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7 Great Autism Videos from the IMFAR Conference You Don’t Want to Miss

By alex on July 13, 2011

If you missed IMFAR 2011 this year, don't fret! Alex and the Wrong Planet crew did extensive coverage of the conference (the largest scientific meeting for autism research) in San Diego, California. We were given an all access pass to this internationally attended event.

Alex sat down with a lot of interesting people including: John Elder Robison, Clara Lajonchere and David Mandell. In addition to the interviews, there's also coverage...

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Press Conference at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR)

By alex on May 12, 2011

The 10th Annual The International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) will host nearly 2000 researchers, delegates, autism specialists, and students in the world’s largest gathering of researchers and clinicians devoted to a better understanding of autism.

At the official press conference, scientists discussed key studies to be presented during IMFAR. David Amaral, Ph.D., the President of the International Society for Autism Research,...

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