"April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and businesses and homes all around the globe will "light up blue" to show their support. World Autism Awareness Day was agreed on by the United Nations in 2007. It is intended to bring attention to Autism Spectrum Disorder, a pervasive disorder that affects millions around the world, by encouraging businesses and individuals to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention."
More waste and nonsense ahead as we approach April. I propose the color for Autism Awareness month be black. It's pretty much the situation for all of us in the autism community.
"Pardee believes more children actually have autism, due to genetic or environmental factors, but she says a bigger reason for rising case numbers is growing awareness that autism is a disorder, not a personality quirk."
You'd think that someone would be worried about where hundreds of disabled children are coming from in Jackson County. Obviously not. I posted comments.
"There are also massive restructuring changes, including the integration of autism and Asperger's syndrome into the manual, as well as eliminating the five-axis system. I was satisfied with the five axes and do not fully understand the reason for eliminating them. The five axes organize the analysis of mental illnesses, personality disorders and mental retardation, medical conditions, psychological factors and global assessment of functioning. I found that having these five factors allowed for a rich assessment of patients because it considered contributing factors and their interaction with the disorder in question.
"I believe these looming changes to the DSM represent outside influences on the APA and society's tendency to regard abnormality as something that must be changed if possible."
As we get closer to AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH, expect lots more stories like this. It sounds like the DSM 5 will be adding new categories---OVERDIAGNOSING. The spin on autism will be just the opposite. We've been OVERDIAGNOSING the disorder. Time to make all these kids go away.
We just can't figure autism out. There's no known cause, cure, or prevention. Are the numbers really going up? People still aren't sure how to define it. It's talked about here as a mental illness.
The only worthwhile part of this article is the line:
"I believe these looming changes to the DSM represent outside influences on the APA."
Last summer, at a conference in Jerusalem, Stephen Shore said that insurance companies were behind the changes in the DSM I believe it. There are just too many kids and they cost too much.
"Simon Fraser University should refuse to allow an anti-vaccine conference at its downtown campus next week because the location may lend credibility to its "dangerous quackery," according to a group of medical doctors and others opposed.
"But SFU said the Vaccine Resistance Movement, which opposes vaccinations in favour of alternative naturopathic treatments, has the same right as any group to rent a hall at the university.
"'The criticism is misdirected,' said SFU president Andrew Petter in response to a letter signed by a number of doctors, including Nienke van Houten, a lecturer at SFU's health sciences faculty."Vaccines are truly the scared cow of medicine. We can't even consider that there may be side effects. In truth, this criticism is blatant censorship.