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  • Betsy DeVos wants “choice” for special needs kids (trunc.)

    02/08/2017 9:56:44 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 46 replies
    WaPo ^ | 2/6/2017 | Susan C. Margolin
    My son slides under the daybed, flattening his sprawling limbs in all directions across the dusty floor, then retracting them with a jerk. “I’m making myself invisible!” he declares. He knows our news is unwelcome. Don’t let him think it’s because of him, his doctor had coached. Crouching, I reach my hand to stroke his arm — a gesture I realize is not enough to comfort a boy whose body short circuits with uncertainty. My husband and I tell him: You can’t start second grade tomorrow. We’re leaving Singapore. We’re moving to America. We don’t know when. It will be...
  • Liberal media attacks Barron Trump, brands him autistic #stopthebullying

    11/28/2016 11:47:48 AM PST · by mainestategop · 60 replies
    Well the left wing media is at it again my friends! This time they not only no longer bother to hide their liberal bias and un-objective reporting, the now have decided to attack Donald Trumps son Barron. During the election celebration, Barron Trump was looking dozy and tired, he is no doubt up past his bedtime as the announcement comes in that his father is now the president and no doubt feeling emotional and doing his best to hide it with the whole world watching him. For a ten year old boy, this must be a hard moment. He's up...
  • Rosie O’Donnell Defends Speculating That Barron Trump Is Autistic

    11/27/2016 2:56:11 PM PST · by drewh · 89 replies
    Hollywood ^ | Sun, November 27, 2016 9:42 | Jennifer Maas
    Rosie O’Donnell has taken to her website to defend herself after being slammed for suggesting on Nov. 21 that Donald Trump’s son Barron is autistic. Here’s why she chose to publicly speculate about Barron. Rosie O’Donnell, 54, has been defending herself on Twitter ever since sharing an anti-bullying video that featured president-elect Donald Trump‘s son Barron on Nov. 21, which questioned whether he was autistic based on certain behaviors he displayed during his father’s campaign. But on Nov. 26 Rosie decided to address the matter head on by writing an emotional message on her website where she defends speculating about...
  • Bill Gates Says Mosquitoes Scare Him More Than Sharks

    10/11/2016 10:25:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    CNET ^ | October 11, 2016 | Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
    The Microsoft billionaire would rather cuddle with Jaws than wander outside into a cloud of skeeters.Sharks seem so frightening, with their giant mouths full of gleaming teeth. We're convinced they're going to leap out of nowhere and make us lunch, even if we never get within 100 miles of an ocean. But Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wrote in a recent blog post that it's not sharks that scare him, but a creature that's a whole lot tinier and which at first glance may seem a whole lot less threatening -- the mosquito. In a post that went up on his...
  • Rhode Island escapee's abusive communist family and shrink respond

    09/28/2016 9:55:37 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 7 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | multiple authors
    About 2 months ago, we presented the story of Roger Bauer, a victim of communism in the state of Rhode Island. The Democrats who control that state and support communism along with his liberal family abused him, denigrated him and forcibly held him captive in Rhode Island. He was unable to find work, be independent or take care of himself because of the bad treatment he received. Roger was accused of having Asperger's syndrome, a very terrible disease of the brain that is believed to exist by liberals and those sympathetic to them and to government. Also they say those...
  • Jesse Kaplan: Boy with Asperger's Syndrom commits suicide after being forcibly sterilized

    05/05/2016 6:03:15 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 39 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball & Rita Kaplan
    The following is the testimony of Rita Kaplan, mother of the deceased Jesse Kaplan who took his own life in 2000 after he was forcibly neutered and sterilized by the state of California after being classified as a social undesirable with severe Asperger's syndrome. His mother spoke with Me several months ago by an Email correspondence about Jesse and what happened to him. The Kaplans live in San Jose. Rita still lives there. Jesse is survived by An older brother who lives in Las Vegas and Younger sister who lives in Visalia. My Name is Rita Kaplan. I want to share with...
  • Lupron Protocol: Treating autism with eugenics

    05/05/2016 5:07:46 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 17 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball MAINESTATEGOP
    Asperger's syndrome. A myth. An invention by government to punish its victims for government's failures. This is because the government is supposed to always be right to the left. But far from it the government even in its efforts to conceal its failings and the failings of socialism and public education continues to fail and continues to injure innocent people in the name of the greater good. Instead of punishing bullies, instead of allowing educational alternatives, the government has invented a phony and dubious illness called Asperger's syndrome to punish the victims of bullying so our lazy teachers and...
  • Does Vladimir Putin have Asperger's syndrome?

    02/05/2015 9:54:44 AM PST · by Bubba Ho-Tep · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 5, 2015 | U-JIN LEE
    A 2008 Pentagon report claims Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, according to a copy of the study obtained by CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin. The research was conducted by the Office of Net Assessment, a secretive, internal Pentagon think tank. It defined Asperger's syndrome as "an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions." The analysis is solely based on videos of Putin's public actions, dating back to the year 2000. The researchers did not claim to have access to any data from scans of Putin's brain.
  • A 2008 Pentagon think-tank study claimed Putin has Asperger's syndrome

    02/04/2015 6:41:50 PM PST · by free_life · 40 replies
    Buisness Insider ^ | 2/4/15 | Elena Holodny and Lauren F Friedman
    A Pentagon think tank conducted a study that claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, "an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions," according to a report. Putin's "neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy," wrote Brenda Connors, an expert in movement-pattern analysis at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She added that movements reveal "the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality."
  • Asperger’s Syndrome and Spirituality

    10/02/2014 5:12:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    American Association of Christian Counselors ^ | 09/04/2012 | Rev. Stephanie C. Holmes, M.A.
    As I recall a time in my daughter’s life when she was not drawn toward the church or Christians, I wonder how others with Asperger’s Syndrome feel about the church, religion, and spirituality. I googled “Aspergers” and “Religion” to research Aspies’ thoughts about this matter. (Individuals with Asperger’s often refer to themselves as Aspies). To my surprise, there are hundreds of articles written about Aspies and religion. Psychology Today recently featured two articles on this very topic: Bullying, Hypocrisy, and Church: An Asperger Perspective on ReligionThe Pain of Isolation: Asperger’s and Suicide The reality of many Aspies’ experience with religious...
  • Elliot Rodger, Santa Barbara mass shooting suspect, "My Twisted World" manifesto

    05/24/2014 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 43 replies
    Scribed ^ | 5/24/2014 | Scribed
    The killers online manifesto. He wanted to kill a year ago.
  • WATCH: A Very Special 'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant Wins Viewers' Hearts (Video)

    05/03/2014 7:22:28 AM PDT · by montag813 · 5 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-03-2014 | TRN
    Wednesday, 'Wheel of Fortune' had a very inspirational contestant in Trent Girone. The 21-year-old Peoria, Ariz., resident is a self-described "Wheel of Fortune" fanatic, but more important, he's the first special needs contestant ever to compete on the show.Girone has had nine brain surgeries and has both Asperger's and Tourette's syndromes, but that didn't stop him from taking early control of the wheel by successfully guessing the first puzzle, "a smashing success." Girone ultimately didn't win the game -- he hit the dreaded Bankrupt slot -- but he won viewer hearts from coast-to-coast.  WATCH:
  • Pictured: Shocking moment doting son was killed with single punch. (UK) -

    02/25/2014 10:39:23 AM PST · by klpt · 30 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 25 February 2014 | JAMES RUSH
    This is the shocking moment a pedestrian was killed by a single punch after he got into a row about cycling on the pavement. Andrew Young, 40, became involved in an argument with cyclist Victor Ibitoye after he told him that cycling on the pavement was dangerous. The cyclist rode off but moments later his friend, Lewis Gill, approached Mr Young, who suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, and punched him in the face without provocation.
  • Singer Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism

    12/08/2013 1:16:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/08/2013 | BY DAVID HARDING
    Susan Boyle revealed she has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. The Scottish singer who shot to worldwide fame in 2009 with her jaw-dropping performance on "Britain's Got Talent" was diagnosed last year, but has now decided to reveal her news publicly for the first time. Speaking to the Observer newspaper, Boyle said, "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid. "I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself." Asperger's has...
  • Autism signs 'present in first months' of life

    11/07/2013 8:23:53 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | November 6, 2013 | Helen Briggs
    Autism can be identified in babies as young as two months, early research suggests. US researchers analysed how infants looked at faces from birth to the age of three. They found children later diagnosed with autism had shown diminished eye contact - a hallmark of autism - in the first few months of life. The findings, reported in Nature, raised hope for early interventions to tackle autism, said a UK expert. In the study, researchers led by Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta used eye-tracking technology to measure the way babies looked at and responded to social clues. They...
  • Thinking the Unthinkable

    12/16/2012 4:14:24 PM PST · by radioone · 44 replies
    The Anarchist Soccer Mom ^ | 12-14-12 | The Anarchist Soccer Mom
    In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness. Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants. “I can wear these pants,” he said, his tone increasingly belligerent, the black-hole pupils of his eyes swallowing the blue irises. “They are navy blue,” I told him. “Your school’s dress code says black or khaki pants only.” “They told...
  • How 'genius' honor student Adam Lanza became masked killer

    12/15/2012 8:45:53 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 303 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/12
    Ms Conte called the ordeal 'sad' for Lanza and his family, and suggested that the violence is a portion of a much larger situation. 'Guns are easy to point to, but it's really a mental health issue.'
  • Newtown Shooter Had Asperger Syndrome, And Some US Gun Facts

    12/15/2012 9:39:53 AM PST · by Perdogg · 142 replies
    As we reported last night, buried inside the NYT biopic of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza was arguably one of the most important missing pieces in the story, at least so far, which could provide clues into partially explaining yesterday's tragic loss of young life, namely that the 20 year old man suffered from Asperger Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism (two conditions which are being merged in the upcoming update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) manual of mental disorders), which has been traditionally associated with social communication difficulties, including flat affect, and one which in some clinical studies...
  • Blind Mount Carmel student overcomes big challenges

    06/13/2012 10:58:11 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul
    The Catholic Review ^ | June 7, 2012 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    J.T. Dulany has been pinned down more times than he can remember. Competing mostly in the 103-pound weight class throughout his four years at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Essex, the 19-year-old varsity wrestler said it took opponents an average of one minute to press his shoulders to the mat. “My strategy was to pray to God that they didn’t beat me up that bad,” Dulany remembered with a laugh. His joke belied a fighting spirit. Legally blind since his premature birth, Dulany underwent seven eye surgeries before he was 2. He has a mild form of...
  • Is atheism linked to autism? Controversial study points to relationship between the two

    09/21/2011 9:18:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20th September 2011
    People with 'mild' forms of autism are more likely to be atheists, according to a controversial new study — and more likely to shun organized religion in general. The study, which looked at posts on autism forums, focused on people with high-functioning autism such as Asperger's. The study, from University of Boston, speculates that common autistic spectrum behaviors such as 'a preference for logical beliefs' and a distrust of metaphor and figures of speech, could be responsible. The study authors, Catherine Caldwell-Harris and Patrick MacNamara studied discussions by 192 different posters on an autism website. They also looked at a...
  • A Shrink Asks: What's Wrong with Obama?

    06/10/2010 11:09:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 411 replies · 7,706+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2010 | Robin of Berkeley
    So what is the matter with Obama? Conservatives have been asking this question for some time. I've written a number of articles trying to solve the mystery.   Even some liberals are starting to wonder. James Carville railed about Obama's blasé attitude after the catastrophic oil spill. The New York Times' Maureen Dowd revamped Obama's "Yes We Can" motto into "Will We Ever?" The liberal women of the TV show "The View" have expressed sympathy for Michelle Obama's living with a man so out of touch. Peggy Noonan, hardly a vehement Obama foe,  recently pronounced him disconnected.  Obama's odd mannerisms intrigue...
  • New autism susceptibility genes identified

    06/09/2010 3:37:01 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 16 replies · 67+ views
    Mount Sinai Med ^ | June 9, 2010 | Joseph Buxbaum, PhD
    Autism Genome Project Phase 2 results published in Nature Mount Sinai researchers and the Autism Genome Project Consortium (AGP) announced today that they have identified new autism susceptibility genes that may lead to the development of new treatment approaches. These genes, which include SHANK2, SYNGAP1, DLGAP2 and the X-linked DDX53–PTCHD1 locus, primarily belong to synapse-related pathways, while others are involved in cellular proliferation, projection and motility, and intracellular signaling. The findings were published today in Nature by researchers at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, together with an international consortium of researchers...
  • "Love" hormone may help autism symptoms: study

    02/15/2010 1:03:26 PM PST · by decimon · 9 replies · 335+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 15, 2010 | JoAnne Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A hormone thought to encourage bonding between mothers and their babies may foster social behavior in some adults with autism, French researchers said on Monday. They found patients who inhaled the hormone oxytocin paid more attention to expressions when looking at pictures of faces and were more likely to understand social cues in a game simulation, the researchers said in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Angela Sirigu of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience in Lyon, who led the study, said the hormone has a therapeutic potential in adults as well as in children...
  • Asperger's Officially Placed Inside Autism Spectrum

    02/10/2010 1:37:39 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 51 replies · 1,146+ views
    National Propaganda Radio ^ | 10 Feb 2010 | Jon Hamilton
    Asperger's syndrome is really just a form of autism and does not merit a separate diagnosis, according to a panel of researchers assembled by the American Psychiatric Association. --snip-- But a new draft fifth edition released Wednesday moves Asperger's officially into the autism category, provoking a wide range of responses among people with Asperger's — some of whom say they do not want to be labeled as autistic.
  • Lose Genes, Gain Weight

    01/04/2010 11:24:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 583+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 7 December 2009 | Mitch Leslie
    Obesity is a disease of excess, but a new study suggests that a few obese patients are actually lacking something--a piece of one of their chromosomes. The loss might remove a gene that helps the body manage blood sugar and appetite. Obesity runs in families, and researchers have identified several genetic variants that seem to boost the odds of becoming obese. However, these variants only explain a minority of cases. In the last decade, researchers have discovered that genetic differences among people can stem from lost or duplicated sections of chromosomes, called copy number variants (CNVs). Because of CNVs, for...
  • Is Your Child Autistic?

    01/04/2010 7:32:01 AM PST · by blackandgoldfan · 59 replies · 1,534+ views
    The Right Stuff ^ | January 4, 2010 | Denise Clark
    As many of you know, I'm the mom of two autistic kids. While I've been blessed that they are high-functioning, it has been and continues to be something we struggle with. It can be exhausting. The last statistics I had read about the prevelance of autism spectrum disorders placed the number at 1 in every 100 kids. That's staggering. Could you imagine the outcry from the gay community if this was AIDS we were talking about? But yet the Washington DC voices remain silent.
  • (Pentagon Hacker) Gary McKinnon: 11th hour medical report claims US prison would kill him

    12/11/2009 7:26:02 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies · 546+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/11/2009 | John Bingham
    Gary McKinnon the Pentagon computer hacker, cannot survive the US prison system, medical assessments at the centre of a last-ditch legal bid to stay his extradition say. New psychiatric reports lodged in the High Court claim that Mr McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, is now suicidal and will “almost inevitably” take his own life if sent for trial in America. For the first time the papers include evidence from an American medical expert directly challenging assurances from the US government about how he would be treated. Mr McKinnon’s lawyers submitted an application for a judicial review of Alan Johnson,...
  • Is Aborted Fetal DNA in Vaccines Linked to Autism?

    07/22/2009 8:03:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 1,933+ views
    ce ^ | July 22, 2009 | Theresa A. Deisher, Ph.D.
    Just when the pharmaceutical industry thought the vaccine-autism controversy had been resolved, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee has recommended further study of vaccine safety. A perceived fear of the safety of the U.S. vaccination schedule has led increasing numbers of parents to opt out of full compliance. The numbers of children who are not fully vaccinated has now reached a point where “herd” immunity may be compromised, compelling the Centers for Disease Control to hold town-hall meetings and convene a Vaccine Safety Working Subgroup. Despite research ruling out mercury (Thimerosal) or the measles portion of one specific vaccine, autism continues...
  • Rates of autism have skyrocketed 1000% since 1990 - Vaccines?

    10/06/2009 3:40:01 AM PDT · by Scythian · 122 replies · 5,030+ views
    Natural News
    Natural News Vaccines cause autism: Supporting evidence October 6 - Rates of autism have skyrocketed 1000% since 1990, yet defenders of vaccines and the pharmaceutical industry keep scratching their heads in confusion: What could be causing this? Lots of clues point to vaccines... Autism rates double in children as vaccines poison an entire generation According to a U.S. government survey just published, rates of autism in children have doubled since 2003. Today, an estimated 1 in 91 children are being diagnosed with autism ...
  • The falsehood and danger of Asperger syndrome: victim=disabled

    06/22/2009 2:30:44 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 30 replies · 2,278+ views
    Over the past year I have been going over articles about Asperger's syndrome. Asperger's syndrome is considered to be a highly functioning form of autism yet it is also considered to be a disability. Members of the autism community have worked for years trying to downplay the severity of the disorder. I first heard about Asperger's in 1998 while watching a documentary. Asperger's disorder was first invented by a German doctor named Hans Asperger. (the disorder was named after him.) Asperger did study on children who though they were bright were considered awkward. The world health organization began to use...
  • Research Suggests Children Can Recover from Autism

    05/08/2009 5:41:08 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 16 replies · 1,150+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2009 | Lindsey Tanner
    Leo Lytel was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. But by age 9 he had overcome the disorder. His progress is part of a growing body of research that suggests at least 10 percent of children with autism can "recover" from it — most of them after undergoing years of intensive behavioral therapy. Skeptics question the phenomenon, but University of Connecticut psychology professor Deborah Fein is among those convinced it's real. She presented research this week at an autism conference in Chicago that included 20 children who, according to rigorous analysis, got a correct diagnosis but years later were no...
  • A Switch to Turn Off Autism?

    10/28/2008 3:55:47 PM PDT · by Renfield · 4 replies · 701+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 9-25-08 | Susannah F. Locke
    Researchers have found a way to slow overactive brain cells that may be triggering neurological disorders Scientists say they have pinpointed a gene in the brain that can calm nerve cells that become too jumpy, potentially paving the way for new therapies to treat autism and other neurological disorders. "It's exciting because it opens the field up," says Michael Greenberg, a neurobiologist at Harvard Medical School. "Nobody has [found] a gene that controls the process in quite that way before."....
  • Michael Savage almost right about Autism

    07/23/2008 11:24:54 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 77 replies · 588+ views
    MainestateGOP Blog ^ | 7/23/08 | MainestateGOP
    Shock Jock Michael Savage is in hot water again this time for a stating his belief that 99% of Autism cases are fake. He has taken a beating from parents of autistic children and those who lobby for them. However, let us play devil's advocate for a moment... Are Savage's comments mean spirited or could there be some truth to it? Are children who are diagnosed with autism and Asperger's syndrome (Considered a high functioning form of Autism) being over diagnosed? Are the diagnostic criteria for Autism and Asperger's really too broad and too flawed that otherwise ordinary playful children...
  • Autism Cures? (Thomas Sowell)

    07/15/2008 5:08:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 84 replies · 279+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 15, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    "New Ways to Diagnose Autism Earlier" read a recent headline in the Wall Street Journal. There is no question that you can diagnose anything as early as you want. The real question is whether the diagnosis will turn out to be correct. My own awareness of how easy it is to make false diagnoses of autism grew out of experiences with a group of parents of late-talking children that I formed back in 1993. A number of those children were diagnosed as autistic. But the passing years have shown most of the diagnoses to have been false, as most of...
  • 'Faulty' brain connections may be responsible for social impairments in autism

    06/13/2008 11:30:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 126+ views
    New evidence shows that the brains of adults with autism are "wired" differently from people without the disorder, and this abnormal pattern of connectivity may be responsible for the social impairments that are characteristic of autism. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, a team of researchers affiliated with the University of Washington's Autism Center also found that the most severely socially impaired subjects in the study exhibited the most abnormal pattern of connectivity among a network of brain regions involved in face processing. "This study shows that these brain regions are failing to work together efficiently," said Natalia Kleinhans, a research...
  • St. Lucie teacher has students vote on whether 5-year-old can stay in class

    05/27/2008 7:44:23 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 13 replies · 97+ views
    TC Palm Website ^ | 5-23-08 | Colleen Wixon
    PORT ST. LUCIE — Melissa Barton said she is considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class. After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn't like about Barton's 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher said they were going to take a vote, Barton said. By a 14 to 2 margin, the class voted him out of the class. Barton said her son is in the process of being diagnosed with Aspberger's, a type of high-functioning autism. Alex began the testing process in February for an official diagnosis under...
  • Mom says teacher let classmates vote autistic son out of class

    05/26/2008 3:14:56 PM PDT · by abt87 · 86 replies · 350+ views
    The Orlando Sun-Sentinel ^ | 05/25/2008 | Colleen Wixon
    PORT ST. LUCIE - Melissa Barton said she is considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class. After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn't like about Barton's 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said. By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex -- who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism -- out of the class. Melissa Barton filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer, who investigated the matter, Port St....
  • Teacher lets Morningside students vote out classmate, 5 (berates disabled kid in front of class)

    05/25/2008 1:36:54 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 212 replies · 1,270+ views
    TC Palm ^ | 5/24/08 | Colleen Wixon
    PORT ST. LUCIE — Melissa Barton said she is considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class. After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn't like about Barton's 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said. By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex — who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism — out of the class. Melissa Barton filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer, who investigated the matter, Port St....
  • Albert Einstein 'found genius through autism'

    02/22/2008 10:44:32 AM PST · by BGHater · 71 replies · 1,895+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 21 Feb 2008 | Nic Fleming
    Many leading figures in the fields of science, politics and the arts have achieved success because they had autism, a leading psychiatrist has claimed.Michael Fitzgerald, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin, argued the characteristics linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) were the same as those associated with creative genius. (l-r) George Orwell, Albert Einstein and Thomas Jefferson Prof Fitzgerald cited Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, George Orwell, H G Wells and Ludwig Wittgenstein as examples of famous and brilliant individuals who showed signs of ASDs including Asperger syndrome.Beethoven, Mozart, Hans Christian Andersen and Immanuel Kant have also received post mortem...
  • Cops: Boy slashed L-S High classmate to death

    01/20/2007 12:29:06 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 62 replies · 2,940+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/20/07 | Laura Crimaldi and Norman Miller
    A family that moved to Sudbury to put their kids in a “safe” school lost their straight-A son to a knife-slashing teen misfit yesterday in a crime that turned a haven for learning into a scene of numbing horror, officials said. Prosecutors say the death of James F. Alenson, 15, allegedly at the hands of John Odgren, 16, in a bathroom at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School yesterday before the first bell, was a premeditated act by a troubled teen who will be tried as an adult. “They had just moved there in September - they moved there to be in...
  • SON OF A BITCH [EXCLUSIVE: Grandad's anger at uni (VT) murderer] thread 1

    04/19/2007 9:50:06 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 133 replies · 4,479+ views
    The Mirror ^ | April 20, 2007 | Graham Brough
    THE grandad of university mass killer Cho Seung-Hui said last night: "Son of a bitch. He deserved to die. "It's better not to have such a child in the family." And he dismissed Cho - diagnosed with autism as an eight-year-old - as "a trouble-causer who has destroyed his mother's life". Kim Hyang-Sik, 81, spoke at his home in South Korea after seeing the video Cho made of himself holding a gun to his head. Student Cho, 23, shot dead 32 at Virginia Tech University before killing himself.
  • Experts say Asperger’s defense likely

    01/21/2007 6:30:44 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 57 replies · 1,492+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/21/07 | Marie Szaniszlo
    Asperger’s syndrome has been used as a defense with some success in cases of violence, experts say, suggesting it may arise when the fatal stabbing of a student at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School eventually goes to court. During an arraignment Friday in the death of 15-year-old James F. Alenson, the attorney for 16-year-old John Odgren said his client has Asperger’s, a mild form of autism that has helped win acquittals for defendants in 22 U.S. criminal cases since 2002, according to the Autism Society of America. The neurological disorder is characterized by average or above-average intelligence but difficulty developing social...
  • Bacharach, Dickinson say daughter commits suicide in California

    01/05/2007 10:25:54 PM PST · by lunarbicep · 38 replies · 3,597+ views ^ | January 05. 2007
    Nikki Bacharach, daughter of songwriter Burt Bacharach and actress Angie Dickinson, committed suicide, Bacharach and Dickinson said in a statement Friday. Nikki Bacharach, 40, suffered from Asperger's Disorder, a form of autism. She killed herself Thursday night at her condo in Thousand Oaks, said Linda Dozoretz, a spokeswoman for the family. "She quietly and peacefully committed suicide to escape the ravages to her brain brought on by Asperger's," the statement said. Nikki Bacharach died of suffocation using a plastic bag and helium, said Mike Feiler of the Ventura County coroner's office. Born prematurely in 1966, Lea Nikki Bacharach studied geology...
  • THe Secular Right

    08/29/2006 6:51:14 AM PDT · by headsonpikes · 525 replies · 5,809+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Aug. 29, 2006 | Robert Trascinski
    We all know the basic alternatives that form the familiar "spectrum" of American politics and culture. If a young person is turned off by religion or attracted by the achievements of science, and he wants to embrace a secular outlook, he is told--by both sides of the debate--that his place is with the collectivists and social subjectivists of the left. On the other hand, if he admires the free market and wants America to have a bold, independent national defense, then he is told--again, by both sides--that his natural home is with the religious right. But what if all of...
  • Would you have allowed Bill Gates to be born?

    06/01/2005 10:34:19 AM PDT · by van_erwin · 65 replies · 2,229+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12:33 p.m. ET May 31, 2005 | Arthur Caplan, Ph.D. Would you have allowed Bill Gates to be born? Advances in prenatal genetic testing pose tough questionsCOMMENTARY By Arthur Caplan, Ph.D. MSNBC contributor Updated: 12:33 p.m. ET May 31, 2005 Who needs Bill Gates? No, I don’t mean who needs a gazillionaire corporate titan, a man whose company, Microsoft, took in billions of dollars last year by controlling nearly all the software used to run nearly every computer on the planet.No, I mean, literally, who needs him? If you could go back in time and stop the birth of the world’s most famous nerd, would you?You probably answered my...
  • Teacher couldn't pass N.Y. exam so paid [developmentally disabled; homeless] man $2 to take it

    03/23/2005 12:58:59 PM PST · by explodingspleen · 50 replies · 2,053+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 23 March 2005 | LISA MUŃOZ, JONATHAN LEMIRE and JOE WILLIAMS
    Probe: Teach couldn't pass N.Y. exam so paid man $2 to take it BY LISA MUŃOZ, JONATHAN LEMIRE and JOE WILLIAMSDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Rubin Leitner, who is developmentally disabled, sits outside his Brooklyn home, saying Bronx teacher Wayne Brightly (below) paid him to take state exam. A Bronx teacher who repeatedly flunked his state certification exam paid a formerly homeless man with a developmental disorder $2 to take the test for him, authorities said yesterday. The illegal stand-in - who looks nothing like teacher Wayne Brightly - not only passed the high-stakes test, he scored so much better...
  • Lawrence of Absurdia (proposes Larry Summers has mild form of autism)

    03/10/2005 9:39:23 AM PST · by freespirited · 2 replies · 1,152+ views
    Boston Magazine ^ | March 2005 | Richard Bradley
    In January of 1991, economist Lawrence Summers took a leave from his Harvard professorship and moved to Washington to work for the World Bank. His job was to create economic plans for countries in need of aid. It was a weighty task, but Summers relished the challenge. Using the kind of provocative imagery for which he would become notorious, he once explained that countries without a strong central government and vigorous private sector were like "a cripple . . . with no legs, pushing himself around on a crude board with wheels, surviving only with begging and trying to look...
  • Federal Judge in Los Angeles Rejects Bid for New Trial by Convicted SUV Arsonist

    01/05/2005 1:07:09 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 30 replies · 804+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1/5/05 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A graduate student convicted in the $2 million firebombing of scores of sport utility vehicles lost a bid Monday for a new trial. A federal judge rejected the motion by 24-year-old William Jensen Cottrell, the U.S. attorney's office said. Cottrell had claimed the court improperly barred his attorneys from presenting evidence that he suffered from a type of autism that made it difficult for him to understand the intentions of his alleged accomplices. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner sided with prosecutors, who argued that Cottrell's complaint was "irrelevant to the issues at trial." Cottrell, a...
  • Michelangelo may have had form of autism: scientists (Asperger's)

    06/01/2004 1:16:37 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 41 replies · 1,014+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 1, 2004
    LONDON (AFP) - Renaissance-era artistic genius Michelangelo might have had Asperger's syndrome, a milder form of autism which causes sufferers to have difficulties with social interaction, according to experts on the condition. A by-product of Asperger's -- also known as high-functioning autism -- can be a special talent in a particular area such as art, music or mathematics. The research by a British and Irish expert in autism, published in British publication the Journal of Medical Biography, argues that Michelangelo met a number of the criteria for Asperger's. "Michelangelo was aloof and a loner," said Dr Muhammad Arshad, a psychiatrist...
  • An Answer, but Not a Cure, for a Social Disorder

    04/28/2004 7:27:12 PM PDT · by 68skylark · 35 replies · 648+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2004 | AMY HARMON
    Last July, Steven Miller, a university librarian, came across an article about a set of neurological conditions he had never heard of called autistic spectrum disorders. By the time he finished reading, his face was wet with tears. "This is me," Mr. Miller remembers thinking in the months of eager research that followed. "To read about it and feel that I'm not the only one, that maybe it's O.K., maybe it's just a human difference, was extremely emotional. In a way it has changed everything, even though nothing has changed." Mr. Miller, 49, who excels at his job but finds...