Michael Forbes Wilcox

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Atypical white matter possible precursor to autism

Wow! This is “science”? Notice any bias in a statement like this? According to researchers, children with ASD had higher fractional anisotropy “followed by slower change over time relative to infants without ASDs.” Radial and axial diffusivity also seemed to be associated with ASD. These results appear to indicate that infants with aberrant white matter development go …

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Crime and Punishment in America

This letter in the February 27 New Yorker caught my eye. The author’s affiliations are not stated, though given The New Yorker’s reputation for vigorous fact-checking, I’m sure her credentials were vetted. She says that in her “work with incarcerated women” she encounters a large segment of inmates who are serving time simply to pay …

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A couple of fascinating timelines

I’ve enjoyed poking around two websites that have timelines of events relating to disabilities. One is from the Lives Worth Living website (the name of a PBS documentary which has received high praise in the disability community). Some of their material is taken (with attribution) from another, more detailed timeline found on the National Consortium on …

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Bill Moyers Essay: Are Immunization Exemptions Fair to All?

This is an excellent commentary by Bill Moyers. With clips from a movie, excellent graphics, and his usual dispassionate appeals to reason, he makes his case a convincing one. It’s only 5 minutes long, and well worth a watch! If you’re interested in learning more, you could do no better than to read Seth Mnookin‘s …

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Statement on DSM-5 by ASAN and ASA

Joint ASAN-Autism Society Statement on DSM-5 Dear Friend,  As two national organizations committed to working to empower the autism and Autistic communities today and into the future, the Autism Society of America and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issue the following joint statement regarding the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder within the DSM-5: The autism spectrum is broad and diverse, including individuals with …

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Is It Time to Abandon the DSM?

Is It Time to Abandon the DSM? Controversy Over Autism May Present an Opportunity January 20, 2012 ©2012 Michael Forbes Wilcox “…disability is a natural part of the human experience…” From The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (originally passed in 1990, and commonly referred to as “The DD Act”) The …

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Lost That Lovin’ Feeling?

  Another great cartoon from The New Yorker. It reminds me of people in the couples support groups I co-lead. This might describe some of the people whose partners are Aspergerian! The good news is that those partners are perhaps not as bird-brained as this cartoon character, and can come to realize the impact they …

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The illusion of multi-tasking

The following is a discussion that took place on Facebook, and I thought I’d reproduce (an edited version of) it here to preserve the record and also to allow my blog followers to add comments if they wish.   Charles: Can relate to this. Linda: Lmao so can I John: you can be both sir …

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I am autisitc. Why do you think I am so different?

I am autistic. Hath not an autistic eyes? hath not an autistic hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a neurotypical is? If you prick us, …

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Some thoughts on pets

A friend who is the mother of a young autistic boy has posted a picture of her son meeting the family’s new pet, a golden retriever puppy. She writes that her son “demonstrates the appropriate way to greet a new pet: by smelling it, of course.” My response was; I’ve always enjoyed the smells of …

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