Autism News

What? Aren’t Most Autistics High Functioning?

By alex on March 26, 2008

I recently read a review by David Kirby of Autism: The Musical published in the Huffington Post. You've likely never heard of him but Kirby is the author of a factually dubious book attempting to link the mercury that was once in vaccines to a perceived increase of Autism diagnoses. While Kirby is not a doctor, he claims to be an expert and has a habit of writing incredibly misleading articles about autism and frequently compromises any...


Katie Miller’s IACC Testimony (Autism)

By alex on March 20, 2008

Katie Miller delivered a controversial testimony to the IACC committee on March 14, 2007. Wrong Planet previously covered the IACC meeting in these articles. Katie Miller has given Wrong Planet exclusive rights to publish her testimony on the Internet.

Read on for the entirety of the comments Katie made to members of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.


Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Meeting: Debriefing

By alex on March 15, 2008

Yesterday, I attended a Washington, DC meeting of the IACC, a US governmental administrative committee that decides where to invest federal autism research money. The meeting took up the entire day. The most interesting part of the event was probably the last hour when people were permitted to make comments.

Various members of the autistic community were present at the meeting to express their discontent with the current state of Autism...


Speaking to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committe

By alex on March 13, 2008

I was invited by Ari of ASAN to speak at the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee this Friday. The IACC, for those of you who don’t know, is a body of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that determines where to give grants for Autism research. In other words, this is the part of the government that chooses what gets studied about Autism. Like most government meetings, this one is being held in Washington, DC so all I have...

Ten Myths about Autism – Debunked

By alex on February 24, 2008

There are a lot of misconceptions about Autism floating around. Consequently, many people with Autism remain undiagnosed, countless autistics are misunderstood, and millions of dollars are donated to nonprofits who don't speak for those with Autism.

This is a troubling time for people with Autism (and I speak as one of those Autistics) because the media focuses a considerably large percentage of their Autism coverage on stories told by...

The Autistic Community mourns the death of Genevieve Edmonds

By alex on February 18, 2008

Washington, DC - 2/18/08 – The autistic community mourned the loss of Genevieve Edmonds, a UK-based advocate and author on the autism spectrum who committed suicide this past week.

Genevieve was a leader in advocating for increased visibility and support for adults on the autism spectrum. She authored four books: The Asperger Social Guide: How to Relate to Anyone in any Social Situation as an Adult with Asperger's Syndrome, The Asperger...

Do people with Asperger’s Hear Voices?

By alex on December 18, 2007

Dear Aspie:
Do people with Asperger's who don't have schizophrenia hear things that aren't there? Like thoughts in your head that never go away? What is it called and what can you tell me about it?

Read on for BeenThereDoneThat's response!


Do Autistic Brains Grow At Faster Rates?

By alex on December 5, 2007

According to a recent study, the size of brain structures in adult autistic brains look very different than those seen in autistic children.

Wrong Planet takes an in-depth look at this fascinating scientific paper published in the journal Neuron.

Read on for the exclusive article!


What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

By alex on November 5, 2007

Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, a group of conditions that include autism and other disorders with similar symptoms, such as problems with language and communication, and repetitive or restrictive patterns of thoughts and behavior.

People with Asperger syndrome have autism-like problems in areas of social interaction and communication, but have normal intelligence and verbal skills. Asperger syndrome is usually thought to...

The Red Carpet: Documentary about an autistic filmmaker

By alex on July 21, 2007

Axel Brauns is a well-known, highly-regarded novelist and film director in his native country of Germany. He is also autistic, so by nature he has great difficulty understanding people’s emotions, facial expressions, and social customs. The Red Carpet (Der Teppich Roche) is a full-length documentary by Eric and Andrea Asch about Braun’s creative process, his autism, his opinions, and his life.

What is perhaps most surprising about The...


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