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Autism in the News – 04.28.11

Checklist could spot children with autism earlier (Washington Post)
Pediatricians could diagnose children with autism earlier by asking parents to fill out a simple, five-minute checklist when they take their babies in for their first-year checkups, according to research released Thursday. Read more.

Students honor autism with bubbles (Tototwa, N.J.)
Part of Autism Awareness Month, the students at Memorial School and Washington Park School in Totowa participated in a national event recently. The students at both schools were blowing bubbles for a FACES (Families for Autistic Children Education & Support) event to bring awareness to autism and hopes for a world record. The students are trying to set a new Guinness World Record for the amount of people blowing bubbles simultaneously. Read more.

Parents accused of caging autistic children in Vancouver plead not guilty (Vancouver, Wash.)
The Vancouver man and woman accused of keeping two autistic boys locked behind what police called a “cage-like” door pleaded not guilty to unlawful imprisonment charges in Clark County Superior Court on  this morning. Read more.

Glen Ridge schools mark Autism Awareness Month (Glen Ridge, N.J.)
“My name is Sue Rubin. I am 26 years old. I have written these thoughts about my life, because I don’t really talk.” Read more.

Autism needs acceptance, not an awareness month (Sun Sentinel)
As we near the end of April, celebrated by some as Autism Awareness Month, I offer you this potentially controversial piece by the father of an autistic child who doesn’t believe in raising awareness of autism, as much as accepting those who are living with the condition. Give it a read, and leave your impressions in the comment section below. I’d be interested to see what you have to say.  Read more.

  1. RAJ
    April 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    This paper states:
    ‘Of the 10,479 infants who were screened at the one-year well-baby visit, 184 infants failed the screen and were evaluated and tracked, Pierce and colleagues reported.

    Of those 184 infants, the researchers reported that 32 received a provisional or final diagnosis of an ASD, 56 were diagnosed with language delays, nine with developmental delays, and 36 with “other” deficits’.
    The prevelance of children diagnosed with an ASD in this study is .3% far lower than the 1% prevalence of autism in the general population published by the CDC indicating that either this screening test is not very reliable or that autism is being vastly overdiagnosed.

  2. Dadvocate
    April 28, 2011 at 11:06 am

    RAJ – It is crystal clear that different autism(s) present at different times. This study strikes me as a very limited piece of the puzzle (as most are). It is also terrific evidence that speaking, writing, or publishing research about autism ought to always have the qualifier “some subtypes” in front of “autism”.

    Also, the Drezner piece reprinted in the Sun Sentinel is unbelievably offensive, both when it first appeared on the Huffington Post and here. The author seems to think he has been annointed to speak for the entire community as he denigrates autism awareness. He could not be more wrong. The small group of ideologues he apparently speaks for seem to oppose any effort to increase the awareness that will lead to more research and action. He is also extraordinarily dismissive of the decades of effort that advocates like Bernie Rimland, Ruth Sullivan, and many others have expended to pass legislation and effect policy changes to help people with ASD lead better lives. The status quo wasn’t and isn’t acceptable. Awareness leads to understanding and progress. While everyone with an ASD should be accepted by society and enjoy the equal rights they are entitled to, “acceptance” without awareness and calls for change leads to no action and poor outcomes.

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