Discussions about what people on or near the autism spectrum want or need ... or prefer will be ongoing for a long time to come. I expect different people will have their own goals, preferences and needs. There is no single solution no matter how carefully we search.
Here is a very disturbing story from the media in the USA.
Autism in America: A Perilous Diagnosis
By RADHA CHITALE
ABC News Medical Unit
Nov. 6, 2008
Liane Willey's father always told her that, if she was ever in trouble, she should find a policeman and ask for help.
In college, Willey befriended a young campus policeman. Recalling her father's advice, she asked him to escort her home late one evening rather than walk alone. Instead, the officer drove away from campus, took her to his trailer home, and raped her.
Uncertainty over what causes the syndrome has become a trigger for wild speculation, says Mark Henderson
Autism is a highly heritable disorder, which is strongly influenced by genes. But it is not a genetic condition in the same way as Huntington's disease or cystic fibrosis, in which mutated DNA is the one and only cause. It is influenced by environmental factors, but what they are we do not yet know.
Two American grandparents are raising the global profile of the condition starting with a controversial debate in London tonight. Cassandra Jardine reports.
by Ben Edwards, Daryl J. Higgins, Matthew Gray, Norbert Zmijewski, Marcia Kingston
Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2008.
ISBN 978-1-921414-02-2. ISSN 1447-1469 (Print); 1477-1477 (Online).
The Senate Inquiry into Special Disability Trusts published its report entitled Building trust: Supporting families through Disability Trusts (see http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/disability_trusts/repo…). The report is quite short (56 pages). It provides 14 recommendations.
We got an email ...
Dear Parents & Parent Support Groups,
please see attached update of the Autism State Plan.
I apologise for cross postings.
I assume Meredith meant October 2008 as the date on her documents ...
I have a seven year old high functioning asperger's boy and would like to hear from any one who has similar aged asperger's children who live in the Ballarat area. Because i work day shift i can not get to the asperger's group meetings but i would really like to just meet for coffee and get to know other parents with asperger's children.
We are all capable of the extraordinary savant skills displayed by people with autism according to Professor Allan Snyder, speaking at the Royal Society today. Snyder argues that it is our inbuilt expectations of the world that stop us from using them.
Prof Snyder spoke on the savant syndrome and his efforts to 'turn on' autistic savant skills in people who don't have autism at a discussion meeting jointly organised by the Royal Society and the British Academy. Snyder is director of the Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney, Australia.