Quack Diets, Quackery

Quack Treatments: GAPS diet

The GAPS diet is a restrictive diet used to try to cure autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, depression and schizophrenia. It is promoted as a natural treatment for the named conditions.  It stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It requires its followers to stop ingesting grains pasteurized dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbohydrates. It was… Continue reading Quack Treatments: GAPS diet

Problematic Organizations, Problems

Autistic History: Cure Autism Now (CAN)

Cure Autism Now (CAN) was started in 1995 by parents of autistic children joining together to form the organization. These people were Jonathon Shestack and Portia Iversen. They told their story in the book, "Strange Son."Since its conception, its membership has grown and includes clinicians and scientists who strive to accelerate the pace of biomedical… Continue reading Autistic History: Cure Autism Now (CAN)

Problematic Organizations, Problems, Quacks

Autistic History: ARI, DAN Protocol and MAPS

  Autism Research Institute (ARI) was started in 1967 by Bernard Rimland (1928-2006). He was a psychologist and autism researcher. His firm belief is "Autism is treatable." He helped dispel the myth that autism is caused by "cold mothers." At the end of his career, he falsely stated that vaccines cause autism. ARI created the… Continue reading Autistic History: ARI, DAN Protocol and MAPS

Ableism Rebuttals

Rebuttal: Better thanks to bleach? Lenexa mom says chemical mix significantly improved son’s autism

There as a newscast in Kansas City about Laurel Austin. She is a bleacher parent who has been poisoning her children with MMS for years to try to cure their children of being autistic. This newscast is trying to undo the hard work we put in for years to make this public. They start off with… Continue reading Rebuttal: Better thanks to bleach? Lenexa mom says chemical mix significantly improved son’s autism

Problematic Organizations, Problems

Problematic Organization: National Council on Severe Autism

The National Council on Severe Autism (NCSA) is a not for profit organization that seeks recognition, policy and solutions for autistic people. They are anti acceptance. Calls our movement a hoax. As in the name, they breathe functioning labels. The community knows how harmful they can be. They believe in "many autisms" This goes back… Continue reading Problematic Organization: National Council on Severe Autism

autistic culture, Autistic History, Disability Culture, Disability History

Autistic History: Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity. We always talk about it but never explored the history of this wonderful phenomenon. It is a neologism that was made popular in the 1990's. Judy Singer, an Australian sociologist, and Harvey Blume, an American journalist for The Atlantic, coined the term. Neurodiversity is the variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention,… Continue reading Autistic History: Neurodiversity

autistic culture, Disability Culture

Fierce Autie Praises: Buttigieg: Increase in autism diagnoses due to more people coming 'out of the shadows'

This is one time when I go paragraph by paragraph in an article and I get to praise it. Original verbage in italics and my thoughts in regular text. Finally a politician that gets it. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), a 2020 presidential contender, spoke of the need for educators who understand the nature of… Continue reading Fierce Autie Praises: Buttigieg: Increase in autism diagnoses due to more people coming 'out of the shadows'

Ableism Rebuttals

Rebuttal: Why the Neurodiversity Movement is Harmful

The Autistic Dark Web is all over. What are they? They are essentially the Anti - Neurodiversity movement. Their stance is wanting people to be accepted is extreme. They have another article out and we will take it apart paragraph by paragraph. As per usual, exact words in the article will be italicized. I will… Continue reading Rebuttal: Why the Neurodiversity Movement is Harmful

Ableism Rebuttals

I am Autism author Billy Mann makes a Fake apology as an A$ Board Member

Billy Mann is a board member of Autism Speaks. He also wrote that horrid commercial that we all love to hate. He wrote a fake apology. This means its a gas lighting , pity party rant. Allow me to dissect each part of it so you can see how truly horrible it is. As usual,… Continue reading I am Autism author Billy Mann makes a Fake apology as an A$ Board Member