Some bristle at autism series
by Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 28, 2001
This article is reproduced here under special arrangement with Inclusion Daily Express Email News Service.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--On March 12, the Los Angeles Times published a four-part series on autism and Asperger syndrome. Much of the series presented autism as an "affliction" and focused on treatments to cure "sufferers" or at least teach them to act like they do not have autism.
In the second article, entitled "Autism Group Works Toward Brightening the Future", there is a quite a bit of focus on Cure Autism Now (CAN), a well-known, well-financed organization working to eliminate autism, and a brief mention of Cure All NeuroTypicals (CANT) a counter organization of people with autism and Asperger syndrome that feel they should be accepted, not "cured".
Monday's Los Angeles Times ran several letters to the editor regarding the series. Two of those whose letters are published identified themselves as having autism. "As someone with Asperger's syndrome, I have begun to realize that we are not the problem," wrote Charles J. Thomas of North Hollywood.
"It is society's reaction to us that is the problem."
Here is the web page that includes the comments about the series: "LIVING -- AND THRIVING -- WITH AUTISM AND ASPERGER'S" http://www.latimes.com/news/comment/20010326/t000026033.html
Here are the links to all four parts of the series: "LEARNING TO READ A SMILE" http://www.latimes.com/news/learning/20010312/t000021695.html
"AUTISM GROUP WORKS TOWARD BRIGHTENING THE FUTURE" http://www.latimes.com/health/news/20010312/t000021672.html
"ALTHOUGH AUTISM, ASPERGER'S RUN IN FAMILIES, THERAPY MAKES A DIFFERENCE" http://www.latimes.com/health/news/20010312/t000021686.html
"PARENTS LOOK TO UNPROVEN THERAPIES TO SOLVE AUTISM" http://www.latimes.com/health/news/20010312/t000021687.html
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