By Michael Fitzpatrick
Autism: disorder, illness or distinction?
What factors autism – genes or surroundings?
Can biomedical remedies medication autism, and are they safe?
An elevated public information of autism has ended in a emerging development of diagnoses, growing the impact of an ‘epidemic’. many oldsters of kids newly clinically determined with autism were inspired through believable theories blaming vaccines and different environmental motives. Many have additionally been captivated by way of claims that ‘biomedical’ remedies – together with distinct diets and vitamins, detoxing and drugs – can in achieving dramatic effects.
In Defeating Autism, Michael Fitzpatrick, a family members healthcare professional and father of a son with autism, questions the clinical foundation of environmental reasons of autism and exposes the incoherence of unorthodox ‘biomedical’ theories and treatments. This booklet finds that those cures are faraway from pioneering interventions and so they stay unsubstantiated through clinical experts. Campaigns promising to ‘defeat or medication autism now’ have attracted a lot aid between mom and dad being affected by their tricky young ones. however the campaign opposed to autism dangers dehumanising and stigmatising those people who are pointed out as autistic and their households. This compelling e-book is key studying for college kids and pros operating within the box of autism, in addition to teachers concerned about the general public knowing of technology and the remedy of clinical and clinical controversies within the media.
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Qxd 03/09/2008 20:23 Page 33 Age of autism 33 or science’ as areas in which the ‘eye for detail’ of some people with Asperger’s syndrome could ‘lead to success rather than disability’. Furthermore, he argued, in the world of business,’ a mathematical bent for estimating risk and profit, together with a relative lack of concern for the emotional states of one’s employees or rivals, can mean unbounded opportunities’. Though many people with Asperger’s syndrome continued to experience problems of unemployment, bullying, loneliness, depression and divorce, the changing character of employment raised the possibility that more could escape social exclusion.
This provides the context for considering the concept of the ‘autism epidemic’ a core belief for the biomedical movement. In Chapter 6 we look further at the controversy over whether research in autism should focus predominantly on genetic or environmental factors in the causation of the condition. qxd 03/09/2008 20:23 Page 12 12 Defeating Autism containing mercury – may be causal factors in autism, the major focus of biomedical campaigns over the past decade. In the following two chapters we return to consider the range of specific treatments – and tests – that are currently being used in children with autism in biomedical clinics.
Following the recommendations of the 1978 Warnock report, the 1981 Education Act introduced the concept that children with significant learning difficulties should have a formal ‘statement of special educational needs’, indicating their specific requirements in the mainstream classroom. From idiocy to PC: classifying learning disabilities No human group has been forced to change its name so frequently. qxd 03/09/2008 20:23 Page 30 30 Defeating Autism Recurrent controversies around issues of ‘integration’ – subsequently renamed ‘inclusion’ – have obscured a more significant trend.