Is Autism A Disability? [Video]

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When I first launched The Autism Education Site, one of my goals was to present all different sides of the spectrum story. From those seeking a cure to autistic self-acceptance and pro-neurodiversity stances. Today, I’m sharing a video from the ‘Ask an Autistic’ series. This segment focuses on the question, “Is Autism A Disability?”

Where are YOU on the Spectrum?

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Recently there has been a lot of negative conversation in the online world about autism and blogging. Some people have very strong opinions about everything from medications to vaccinations, and diets. It is easy to criticize and tell people what to do; it is even harder to figure out what to do. I have decided that parents also have an autism spectrum. Some are devoted to behavioral therapies and treatments; others turn to natural medicine and detox, while others get {Read More}

Autism National Committee (AUTCOM) Annual Conference 2012

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The Autism National Committee (AUTCOM) Annual Conference 2012 kicks off on October 5 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel will host the two-day event. Partners for the 2012 AUTCOM conference include the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE), the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN). “Autism: Moving Forward” is the theme for AUTCOM 2012. Keynote presenters and topics for this year’s event {Read More}

Autreat 2011 Dates Announced

I have added Autreat 2011 to my list of autism conferences this year. Thank you to one of my readers for notifying me of the dates for this year’s conference. Autreat 2011 will be held from August 8 – 12, 2011 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Autreat, part of the Autism Network International (ANI), is a different type of autism conference. You won’t find seminars on curing autism at this event. According to the official Autreat website: “Autreat is a retreat-style conference {Read More}

Ari Ne’eman on Autistic Pride

Ari Ne’eman has been discussed quite a bit in the news lately because he’s the first openly autistic White House appointee in history. Ari is the brainchild behind the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and frequently speaks out about Autistic Pride. In this Good Morning America video from 2008, Ne’eman discusses Autistic Pride. In a recent interview for Wired.com, Ne’eman discusses neurodiversity – a topic that is of extreme importance to many autistic individuals (as opposed to individuals with autism). {Read More}

Could a Urine Test Make Autism a Preventable Condition?

I just read an article that summarizes autism research being conducted at the Imperial College London. Basically, the researchers have stated that a urine test could make autism a preventable condition. This is going to open up a huge can of worms – from parents trying to cure their children of autism and prevent autism in future children to those that embrace neurodiversity and are of the mindset that autism is genetic and thus not entirely preventable. Without putting my {Read More}