Vaccine Advocates: Please Don't Discriminate Against My Autistic Son

Public opinion has turned, sharply and loudly, in favor of supporting vaccines. Yay! It took an outbreak of measles at Disneyland for it to happen. Boo! (Your grandmother might have survived her measles, but for others it can be fatal.) » 2/09/15 1:03pm 2/09/15 1:03pm

​This Medical Condition Turns Your Life Into An Out-of-Sync Video

Ever had trouble getting the audio synced up with the video on your computer? Get the right kink in your brain, and you could live your whole life that way. » 12/08/14 1:35pm 12/08/14 1:35pm

This Film Could Help You Understand How Some People Experience Autism

Autism is a spectrum disorder, encompassing a wide range of conditions, symptoms, and experiences. But this short animation may help you understand, and empathize with, certain specific sensory and perception differences that some people with autism experience. » 8/21/14 9:40am 8/21/14 9:40am

PETA Tries To Pretend Dairy Products Have Something To Do With Autism

This is the most cynical, horrifying thing I've heard in ages. PETA has restarted a campaign to try and pretend there's some link between "autism and dairy products," in an attempt to scare people into going Vegan. Update: We have a response from PETA. » 5/28/14 2:35pm 5/28/14 2:35pm

Study of 1.3 Million Kids Reveals Vaccines Aren't Associated with Autism

A meta-analysis including nearly 1.3 million children posted online last week in the journal Vaccine has demonstrated, once again, that there's no causal link between vaccines and autism. » 5/16/14 8:36pm 5/16/14 8:36pm

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… » 3/09/14 1:00pm 3/09/14 1:00pm

Do Jenny McCarthy's antivax views stem from the indigo child movement?

Jenny McCarthy is well-known for her thoroughly debunked anti-vaccination claims. She also once claimed she was an "indigo" and her son was a "crystal" child. Those two beliefs may be connected. » 7/18/13 9:41am 7/18/13 9:41am

How science created the world's most controversial puppet show

Ever heard of the Sally-Anne experiment? It's a simple puppet show. It's meant to demonstrate whether you understand what's called the "theory of mind." And it's raised a lot of questions and a lot of ire. » 6/20/13 4:30pm 6/20/13 4:30pm

Autistic children are 28 times more likely to be suicidal

A recent study conducted by Penn State researchers has revealed that children with autism are significantly more prone to suicidal thoughts and attempts than typical children. The question now is, why? » 3/18/13 10:20am 3/18/13 10:20am

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

Temple Grandin has a brain like no one else's

Temple Grandin, the world's most famous person with autism, is a "savant" who is known for her exceptional nonverbal intelligence, spatial reasoning, sharp visual acuity, and an uncanny gift for spelling and reading. Now, looking to understand how she is able to perform such amazing cognitive feats, a group of… » 10/15/12 8:05am 10/15/12 8:05am

Do people with autism have unreliable sensory perceptions?

The last few years have seen an explosion of research into the world of autism spectrum disorders, and now new research has shown that some of its symptoms may be tied to the way people process sensory information. » 9/23/12 9:00am 9/23/12 9:00am

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

You could have the IQ of a prodigy and not even know it

Don't get too excited just yet. Sure, you may have an IQ on par with a musical, artistic, or chess-playing wunderkind — but that actually says a lot more about the mind of the prodigy than it does your own. » 7/10/12 3:01pm 7/10/12 3:01pm

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