Is an “autism community” a dangerous mirage, or a valid social construct?

I have recently been asked on Twitter the following: “I’m going to ask a question but you don’t have to answer. So, I just started wanting to understand autism better since my son was dx, and I know the best knowledge comes from those actually in the community. Anyway, I imagine as you get (o)lder* … Continue reading Is an “autism community” a dangerous mirage, or a valid social construct?

The Autistic Maelstrom …

In the new, updated edition of "The Autistic Spectrum" (2002), Lorna Wing offered on page 23 a brief history of the chaos which seems to continue to this day, surrounding risen and fallen efforts to decide the main, and sub-categories of what she identified as the Autistic Spectrum. In order to justify my statement, please … Continue reading The Autistic Maelstrom …

The importance of Asperger’s Syndrome as a unique clinical diagnostic category…

On page 1 of his fundamental summary of (Classic) "Autism and Asperger's Syndrome", S. Baron-Cohen (2008) lists as "Key Points" the two, overlappingly different subgroups of what has come to be known as the "Autistic Spectrum". "Classic autism and Asperger syndrome share two key features:          -Social communication difficulties          -Narrow interests and repetitive actions.  But they … Continue reading The importance of Asperger’s Syndrome as a unique clinical diagnostic category…