Managing Editor's Note: Susan Boyle may indeed have professionally diagnosed Asperger's (does the AS diagnosis still exist in the UK?) We do not diagnose or un-diagnose at AofA. I remember thinking she had a very difficult life and hoping the program brough her success. However, if you watch her first performance on BGT below, you see eye contact, humor, full facial expression and a charming sense of humor and sass. Not to mention the angelic voice. I'm trying to think if she reminds me more of my Mia, Gianna or Bella..... Ahem.
By Anne Dachel
The story, Susan Boyle is part of autism's 'invisible generation, was put out by the BBC News on Dec 9, 2013.
Scottish singer Susan Boyle been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism. She is one of thousands of people who have the condition but were not diagnosed earlier in life.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland recently warned that there is an "invisible generation" of older people with autism.
The charity said there was still a tendency to associate the condition with children but it estimated that one in five people with autism were over 60.
Until a generation ago, the condition was often misunderstood and misdiagnosed.
Susan Boyle, who is 52, is typical of many, having spent years believing she suffered slight brain damage at birth.
Robert MacBean, from the National Autistic Society Scotland, said a "good diagnosis experience" was very important, regardless of a person's age. . . .
Oh, so there are autistic adults but they're "invisible." We just haven't found them yet.
In Sept, actress Daryl Hannah (also 52) announced that she has autism.
Daryl Hannah and Susan Boyle are both being promoted as proof that autism is nothing new. They're both 52 and they have Asperger's/high functioning autism.
I said this is not proof of no real increase in the comments in this recent TIME article and was promptly attacked for being anti-vaccine.
I said that this proves nothing. Accomplished entertainers mildly affected have no relationship to what's happening to our kids. Does Susan Boyle have seizures? Does she have chronic constipation? Diarrhea? Does she stim? Does she have uncontrollable meltdowns? Does she make eye contact? Have echolalia? Was she normally developing but around age two suddenly and dramatically lost learned skills? If the answer to each of these questions is "no," then please don't compare Susan Boyle to our kids. You don't know what you're talking about.
I think there's going to be a real effort made to "find" the older people with autism. To the unsuspecting public, it'll be proof that all these kids with autism are nothing new. Parents of children on the spectrum would like to believe that officials and doctors are telling the truth. I think the alternative reality is a lot harder to swallow and a lot scarier.
I've always said the biggest lie about autism is that there's been no real increase. If that flies then vaccines aren't an issue. If autism was around like this before the massive increases in the number of shots our kids get, then we have proof of no link.
The public is being conditioned to discount what they know is true: THERE WERE NEVER KIDS LIKE THIS WHEN THEY WERE GROWING UP.
Now we're being told that we just haven't gotten around to diagnosing the adults.
I think the National Autistic Society in the UK is the biggest promoter of the lies.