Michael Forbes Wilcox

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Name: Michael Forbes Wilcox
Date registered: October 8, 2010

Latest posts

  1. Prepared Remarks for AS Connections 2014 — October 25, 2014
  2. Meet Don Berwick, Sunday, July 20 in Great Barrington — July 15, 2014
  3. Whose Table Is This, Anyway? — July 15, 2014
  4. Massachusetts takes a huge step forward in the realm of disability rights — July 9, 2014
  5. Disability Forum at Perkins School on Thursday June 26 — June 24, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Was Steve Jobs Autistic? — 26 comments
  2. My appearance on “Where We Live” on WNPR November 2, 2011 — 10 comments
  3. Is It Time to Abandon the DSM? — 9 comments
  4. Is There An Autistic Personality? — 8 comments
  5. Gaze Aversion: An Autistic Adaptation — 8 comments

Author's posts listings

Oct 25

Prepared Remarks for AS Connections 2014

Here is a preliminary copy of the remarks I plan to deliver today to the AANE Conference in Boston. After making post-conference adjustments, I will post the entire text and illustractions here, along with links to resources concerning the various topics I mention.  

Jul 15

Meet Don Berwick, Sunday, July 20 in Great Barrington

Don Berwick is a Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. All are welcome, whether you are a supporter or not yet a supporter. We hope that people will be moved to make a contribution to the Berwick campaign, but that is not a requirement. Light refreshments will be served. Contributions of refreshments are welcome. If …

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Jul 15

Whose Table Is This, Anyway?

My good friend John Robison has written an important and articulate piece on autism advocacy. He says … it’s time to recognize the primacy of autistic people in the formulation of policy relating to research, education, treatment, and services for our community and our people.   We are able to express our own wishes and opinions, and …

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Jul 09

Massachusetts takes a huge step forward in the realm of disability rights

Yesterday, the Massachusetts General Court took a huge step forward in the realm of disability rights. The Senate approved S2245, Relative to assisting individuals with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities. The bill isn’t perfect, but it is an enormous achievement on the part of the advocacy community. I like to say that advocacy …

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Jun 24

Disability Forum at Perkins School on Thursday June 26

Please join us for a Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Disability Issues All seven candidates for Governor of Massachusetts will appear at this forum, and each will have half an hour to make their case and answer questions. Don Berwick will be speaking second, at 1:30. Here is a flyer we will pass out at the …

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Jun 15

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

On this Fathers Day, I think back on my own father. Dad to me, Gray to his family, The Gray Fox to many. He would be 98 years old today if he had lived beyond his 81st birthday. I still miss him. He was a lifelong Socialist and Pacifist, and (I now know) an Aspergerian. …

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Mar 10

Why Autism “Functioning” Labels Are Misleading

Unfortunately, there is a great deal of confusion, and therefore misunderstanding, around what is meant by “high-functioning” and “low-functioning” autism. The commonsense use of the word “functioning” has to do with, well, functioning. Most people would probably associate “functioning” with the usual meaning of “to work or operate, to carry on a function.” But in …

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Mar 09

Cart Before the Horse Research: Multisensory Integration in Autism

A short article appeared on the ScienceDaily website a few weeks back, reporting on a piece of research published in The Journal of Neuroscience, January 15, 2014. The title of the research study was not given, but a link brings one to “Multisensory Temporal Integration in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” The brief summary of the research is …

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Mar 03

What is it like to be Autistic?

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In an earlier post, I wrote a few comments about a definition of autism that I found appealing. The difficulty with coming up with any definition of autism is that it’s really hard to capture the essence of what it’s like to be autistic. Even the best definitions leave me hankering for more. Give me …

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Mar 03

Nick Walker’s Definition of Autism

Nick Walker says that What is needed is some good basic introductory “What Is Autism” text that is: 1.) consistent with current evidence; 2.) not based in the pathology paradigm; 3.) concise, simple, and accessible;  4.) formal enough for professional and academic use. Since I couldn’t find such a piece of text elsewhere, I wrote one. I’m …

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