By Anne Dachel
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Nov 3, 2015, Fort Worth Star Ledger: ‘Sesame Street’ shows how autism should be portrayed
Nov 3, 2015, UK Independent: Samuel Johnson Prize 2015: History of autism is first popular science winner of non-fiction book award
Nov 3, 2015, MD Magazine: One in Five Pediatricians Say Goodbye to Families Who Refuse Vaccines
The Muppets have welcomed Julia, a girl with autism
Portrayal is neither negative nor as a disabling idiosyncrasy
Accepts core symptoms as just differences
And that’s what is so important. The show teaches children about autistic traits but portrays them as a celebration of uniqueness.
Autism is not a problem that needs to be fixed; it is a difference that needs to be understood.
"How autism should be portrayed"? ....Really? That's fine if you're talking only about those on the high functioning end of autism, those who can possibly be able to live an independent, successful life.
"Celebration of uniqueness" and "a difference that needs to be understood" has no place when talking about those on the severe end of the spectrum.
Just like Steve Silberman's recent fame over NeuroTribes, they pretend the really impaired kids don't exist.
A book that documents the controversial history and science of autism has won this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the first time in his 17-year history that the award has gone to a popular science book.
Sesame Street’s new character Julia, who has autism and Steve Silberman’s book, NeuroTribes, are getting a lot of attention and praise in the media. Both of them are used to convince us that autism is a normal and acceptable part of being human. All we need to do is recognize it.
Vaccination is a hot topic of controversy, to say the very least. But if patients refuse to get vaccinated against preventable diseases such as measles and mumps, some doctors will go as far as to dismiss the families from their practices.
Doctors forcing medical care on their patients: It is absolute medical tyranny when a product can be mandated on the population, when the participants have no liability, and when officials refuse to provide informed consent.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.