Thursday, July 16, 2009

Article: Challenging Popular Myths about Autism

I'd like to draw your attention to an article by the amazing Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg.

Challenging popular myths about autism
by Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg

This appeared in her local paper and is an absolutely brilliant piece of work. I've read quite a few mythbusters articles on autism and aspergers in particular but this one takes the cake.

I had intended to summarise and discuss it here but I really feel that you're better off reading the whole thing and drawing your own conculsions.

Well done Rachel!

Oh, and please visit Rachel's blog - I don't know where she finds the time to do all those updates but I draw a lot of daily inspiration from it;


Marita said...

Thank you so much for posting the link to that article. It is a great read.

Anonymous said...

I have heard many debates on the 'autism cure', and I think anyone that would force an aspie to receive a supposed 'cure' would be very misinformed of the condition. I am just a 9th grader, but if there ever was a cure, I would refuse it in a heartbeat. That is what I have to say about that, but you should be allowed to take it if you want to.

IMTI autism said...

Hi! I agree, the article is really good. May I also recommend an EXCELLENT book that just came out called CHALLENGING THE MYTHS OF AUTISM by Jonathan Alderson (Harper Collins, 2011)
You'll find it is right in synch with Rachel's article but is an entire book including research that debunks the traditional limiting beliefs and negative stereotypes that shackle the autistic population.