Autism Acceptance Day
Autism and Child Porn, Journalistic Ethics Breaches and Grandin’s Mother

Two identical posts, one with a title change to boost it in search engines. Temple Grandin’s mother and the Daily Beast join forces to promote fear of Autistics.

http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/autism-and-child-porn-not-linked.html

http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-disturbing-trend-we-cannot-ignore.html

WebMD OpEd “Asperger’s and Violence: Experts Weigh In”
WebMD passes off op-ed piece as fact


WebMD OpEd “Asperger’s and Violence: Experts Weigh In”
 

Once again people who want to be at the top of search engines are passing off speculation as “expertise.” Now WebMD is taking its turn. 
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The centerpiece of the article is a “professional” (Kristiansson) who engages in armchair diagnosis of the Connecticut shooter and then applies it to potentially all individuals on the autism spectrum. She said when she heard about the Connecticut shooting, her first thought was that the shooter might have had Asperger’s. It does not take an expert to come up with a hunch that the shooter had Asperger’s, what with all the media hype about Asperger’s. It would be surprising if anyone, “expert” or not, didn’t think of Asperger’s any time someone committed a crime.  In our current climate, in almost every case of a shooting, some media person speculates that the shooter was on the autism spectrum, such as the TV personality who said the Aurora shooter was Autistic. Anyone who watches TV can start diagnosing the person, as did your expert, even before any facts about the shooting are known.

Read the rest here: 

http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/webmd-oped-aspergers-and-violence.html

WebMD passes off op-ed piece as fact


WebMD OpEd “Asperger’s and Violence: Experts Weigh In”
 

Once again people who want to be at the top of search engines are passing off speculation as “expertise.” Now WebMD is taking its turn. 

The centerpiece of the article is a “professional” (Kristiansson) who engages in armchair diagnosis of the Connecticut shooter and then applies it to potentially all individuals on the autism spectrum. She said when she heard about the Connecticut shooting, her first thought was that the shooter might have had Asperger’s. It does not take an expert to come up with a hunch that the shooter had Asperger’s, what with all the media hype about Asperger’s. It would be surprising if anyone, “expert” or not, didn’t think of Asperger’s any time someone committed a crime.  In our current climate, in almost every case of a shooting, some media person speculates that the shooter was on the autism spectrum, such as the TV personality who said the Aurora shooter was Autistic. Anyone who watches TV can start diagnosing the person, as did your expert, even before any facts about the shooting are known.

Read the rest here:  

http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/webmd-oped-aspergers-and-violence.html

 

Woman with Asperger’s defends the condition

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Teachers and friends say the Newtown murderer had Asperger’s syndrome - a mild form of autism.

While there’s no link between Asperger’s and violence, the public backlash against the condition has been profound. Now, two Richmond-area women affected by autism are speaking out.

Paula Durbin-Westby knows what it’s like to live with Asperger’s. She was diagnosed in her late 40’s. Since then, she’s worked as an autism advocate. Since Friday’s tragedy, she’s had her work cut out for her.

"I don’t think there’s ever been this stereotype that we would go out and be mass murderers, which is very inaccurate," said Durbin-Westby.

http://www.nbc12.com/story/20386590/woman-with-aspergers-defends-the-condition

Non-Speaking (at Times) Autistic Provides Insight Into Communication Differences, Part I
Autism Acceptance from a Child’s View

<>I told my son, “Maybe Autistics are just going to have to take back puzzle pieces. I mean, a lot of people, including Autistic people, like puzzles! Lots of things are puzzles and patterns. Legos, for example, and making things and putting them together. We are often good at that. Non-autistic people like puzzles, too. It doesn’t have to be about this ‘missing piece’ thing! That ruins puzzles for everyone… I wonder what we would say or what we would do to make it different…”

My son thought for a moment and then he said, “Hey, Mommy, I have an idea!”

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Nonspeaking (at times) Autistic Makes Video

Nonspeaking (at times) Autistic Makes Video

Various things precipitate my not being able to speak: being tired, being overloaded, trying to talk when other people are talking too fast over me, reading or seeing something disturbing, thinking more in visual images than in words.

http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/nonspeaking-autistic-makes-video.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETekNG8pcXM&feature=youtu.be

Autism Speaks “School Supplies”- Even Autism Speaks Knows They Are Offensive!

http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/autism-speaks-school-supplies-they.html

Autism Speaks School Supplies- They Thought We Wouldn’t Notice?

The Autistic Community did notice the cure-oriented packaging on the Autism Speaks “school supplies” the minute they hit the stores in Virginia. We also noticed the Autism Speaks page has carefully removed all references to “6% of the proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for autism” (you can see that in the photo below). Since people in multiple sites have gone into Walmarts and inspected the supplies, and seen the language on all the items, the sanitized photo on Autism Speaks website is false. Unless Autism Speaks has suddenly contacted Continental Accessory Corp. and had them toss all the products they made and replaced them with others, I will assume that Autism Speaks merely altered the photo (which is a lot easier than changing the packaging on thousands of already-made products!) so as to appear inoffensive to their own supporters. 
Walmart: Don’t Target Autstic Children: Remove Autism Speaks “school supplies” from your stores

http://www.change.org/petitions/walmart-don-t-target-autstic-children-remove-autism-speaks-school-supplies-from-your-stores

School should be a safe place-not for fundraising for the prevention and cure of Autistic students. Walmart has teamed up with Autism Speaks to sell Autism Speaks-themed puzzle piece “school supplies.” These supplies will be available in Walmart stores throughout the country starting in August. The placement of the merchandise in the school supplies section, is cause for great concern. The puzzle supplies target school-aged children and families shopping for school materials. They also target and single out children on the autism spectrum who will be shopping in Walmart for their school supplies and then going to school with “puzzle piece” and autism logos drawing attention to them in ways that may unintentionally cause problems for them. Although Autism Speaks markets this as “acceptance” (a phrase co-opted from the Autistic community and parent supporters), and “awareness,” what Autism Speaks is doing, clearly spelled out on merchandise, is donating 6% of the proceeds to “funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.”