Chili's Will Donate 10% of Customers' Checks to Anti-Vaxxers on April 7

Chili's intends to donate 10% of its customers' checks on April 7th to the National Autism Association, in honor of National Autism Awareness month. The problem? The NAA claims on its website that vaccines can trigger or exacerbate autism in "some, if not many, children." Dammit not this again. » 4/05/14 5:35pm 4/05/14 5:35pm

Reaching a Child with Autism through Disney

When Ron Suskind's son, Owen, was just shy of three years old, the once talkative child fell silent and turned inward. "Regressive autism," doctors told Suskind and his wife. The boy became unreachable – until one day, while watching The Little Mermaid, a glimmer of hope. Could the world of Disney serve as a portal for… » 3/09/14 1:00pm 3/09/14 1:00pm

The most viral media correction of 2012 combines My Little Pony with…

Over on Poynter, Craig Silverman has served up his excellent list of the best (and worst) media errors and corrections of 2012. The most viral correction of all was released by the New York Times after it ran this feature, which explores how people with autism spectrum disorders navigate the the uncertain emotional… » 12/13/12 9:40am 12/13/12 9:40am

It's official: 'Asperger's syndrome' is no longer a thing

We've seen this coming for the past two years, but the American Psychiatric Association has finally made it official: The upcoming DSM-V — the so-called bible of psychiatry — will no longer be including Asperger's syndrome as an official diagnosis. Instead, it will be subsumed within the broader definition of "autism… » 12/04/12 9:40am 12/04/12 9:40am

Whoa, scientists just reversed autism symptoms in mice

A team of researchers at McGill University in Montreal announced that they've successfully reversed the symptoms of autism in mice. By restoring the production of a critical neural protein (which they had knocked out in the first place), the geneticists were able to alleviate symptoms consistent with the disorder.… » 11/27/12 11:15am 11/27/12 11:15am

How Autism is Changing the World for Everybody

There's not much doubt that autism, along with Asperger Syndrome, is finally becoming accepted as a normal part of the human fabric. Even if some people still see autism as a condition that needs to be "treated," it's increasingly obvious that people on the autism spectrum are finding ways to succeed in our… » 7/26/12 9:00am 7/26/12 9:00am

The Awful Inhumanity of Using Bleach Enemas to Treat Autistic Children

There are almost no words for the inhumanity of this. Someone is not only promoting a treatment of bleach enemas to treat autistic children — every two hours, for 72 hours, every possible weekend — but they've started a religious organization to promote this, with "bishops" and other church officials touting the… » 6/06/12 1:51pm 6/06/12 1:51pm

Why do we want autistic kids to have superpowers?

Tonight sees the launch of Touch, Kiefer Sutherland's show about a father whose non-neurotypical son turns out to be able to predict future events. This comes on the heels of Alphas, which also gave us Gary, another person who appears to be on the autism spectrum but who has the ability to see hidden energies. And the… » 1/25/12 11:21am 1/25/12 11:21am

Do you reside somewhere on the autism spectrum? In the near future,…

For the first time in seventeen years, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (D.S.M.) is undergoing a significant revision. One of the mental conditions facing major emendations in its D.S.M. definition is autism. If the changes go through, a recent analysis… » 1/20/12 10:30am 1/20/12 10:30am