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Wikipedia’s Misleading List of People on the Autism Spectrum

Wikipedia’s credibility has taken a big hit of late. See for example “Facts and friction: Wikipedia’s quest for credibility, By STEPHEN HUTCHEON – SMH | Tuesday, 24 April 2007″

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4035909a28.html

One area that Wikipedia has not cleaned up in its attempts to address it’s credibility issues is a beauty entitled “List of people on the autism spectrum” The list is flat out misleading in that most of the names on the list are high functioning or Aspergers with only 4 entries listed for “people with severe autism”. Of the four names none are non-verbal low intelligence persons. You would never know from this Wikipedia entry that many autistic people have very severe intellectual and communication deficits. Everyone on the Wikipedia list is someone who can communicate extremely well. With one exception. The exception is a dead girl who died by her mother’s hand at the age of 3.

Wikipedia’s Misleading List of People on the Autism Spectrum:

People with unspecified forms of autism

Main article: Pervasive developmental disorder

The following people have been diagnosed as being somewhere on the autistic spectrum but the specific classification is unknown.

* Taylor Crowe, autism advocate and artist [1]
* Christopher Knowles, American poet [2]
* Katherine McCarron, autistic child murdered at the age of three by her mother, Karen McCarron. [3]
* Jason McElwain, high school basketball player [4]
* Michael Moon, adopted son of author Elizabeth Moon [5]
* Abubakar Tariq Nadama [6]
* Jasmine O’Neill, author of Through the Eyes of Aliens [7]
* Sue Rubin, subject of documentary Autism Is a World; Sue Rubin has no oral speech but does communicate with facilitated communication [8]
* Birger Sellin, author from Germany [9]
* Daniel Tammet, British autistic savant, believed to have Asperger Syndrome [10]

[edit] People with Asperger syndrome

Main article: Asperger syndrome

* Nikki Bacharach, daughter of composer Burt Bacharach and actress Angie Dickinson; committed suicide on January 4, 2007 [11]
* William Cottrell, student who was sentenced to eight years in jail for fire-bombing SUV dealerships [12]
* Luke Jackson, author of Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence [13]
* Craig Nicholls, frontman of the Australian garage rock band The Vines [14]
* Gary Numan, British singer and songwriter [15]
* Dawn Prince-Hughes, PhD, primate anthropologist, ethologist, and author of Songs for the Gorilla Nation [16]
* Judy Singer, Australian disability rights activist [17]
* Vernon L. Smith, Nobel Laureate in Economics [18]
* Satoshi Tajiri, creator and designer of Pocket Monsters/Pokémon [19]
* Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal, Asperger Syndrome in the Family [20]

[edit] People with high-functioning autism

Main article: high-functioning autism

* Michelle Dawson, autism researcher and autism rights activist who has made ethical challenges to Applied Behavior Analysis [21]
* Temple Grandin, a designer of humane food animal handling systems. [22]
* Hikari Oe, Japanese composer [23]
* Bhumi Jensen, Thai prince, grandson of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand; killed by drowning in the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake [24]
* Dylan Scott Pierce, wildlife illustrator [25]
* Jim Sinclair, autism rights activist [26]
* Donna Williams, Australian author of Nobody Nowhere and Somebody Somewhere; after testing for deafness from infancy until late childhood, and labeled psychotic and ‘disturbed’, Donna was formally diagnosed as autistic in her 20s with an IQ score under 80 (not technically in the HFA range) in spite of achieving a higher education. [27] .
* Stephen Wiltshire, British architectural artist [28]
* Caiseal Mor author of A Blessing and a Curse: Autism and Me; bestselling fantasy fiction author, musician and artist [29]

[edit] Autistic savants

Main article: Autistic savant

* Alonzo Clemons, American clay sculptor [30]
* Tony DeBlois, blind American musician [31]
* Leslie Lemke, blind American musician [32]
* Jonathan Lerman, American artist [33]
* Thristan Mendoza, Filipino marimba prodigy [34]
* Derek Paravicini, blind British musician [35]
* James Henry Pullen, gifted British carpenter [36]
* Matt Savage, U.S. autistic jazz prodigy [37]
* Henriett Seth-F., Hungarian autistic savant, poet, writer and artist [38]

[edit] People with severe autism

* Tito Mukhopadhyay, author, poet and philosopher [39]
* Lucy Blackman, university educated autistic author [40]
* Larry Bissonette , accomplished international autistic artist. [41]
* Amanda Baggs, advocate of rights for autistic people. [42]

People like my son Conor who has severe autism with serious developmental delays and communication deficits are not listed at Wikipedia. There is no mention, even generically, to the many autistic people who live out their adult lives in residential and institutional facilities being cared for by professional caregivers. Wikipedia allows the Neurodiversity Ideologues to mislead the world about the nature of autism with nonsense like this list.

May 15, 2007 Posted by | autism awareness, autism disorder, credibility, neurodiversity, Wikipedia | 12 Comments

Autism Resources in New Brunswick – Chatham Library Hosts Launch of Autism Collection


Chatham Library Hosts Launch of Autism Collection

Miramichi Weekend, Friday, May 11 2007

Representatives of Chatham Branch of the York Public Library, the New Brunswick Public Library Service and the New Brunswick Public Library Foundations gathered at a reception at the Chatham Branch on May 2 to launch a collection of resource books specific to Autism Disorder.

The president of the New Brunswick Autism Society Lila Barry made the presentation of books in honour of her mother-in-law, Emma “Big Momma” Barry.

She thanked the family members of Emma Barry in attendance for their generous donations that made the collection possible. Emma Barry was known for her love of all children but held children with special needs even closer to her heart.

In a disorder in which early detection and treatment is vital to the success of a child with Autism, parents are often desperate for information. Current statistics indicate that 1 in every 150 children will be on the Autism Spectrum. Resources are vital to successful outcome.

Six years ago, Barry’s son was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, one disorder on the spectrum of Autism.

“I remember being so overwhelmed and distraught. One of the first places I sought was information at this library, but I was devastated to find no books here, and only two or three within the system in high demand and available only after a long wait. “

After joining the Autism Society of New Brunswick, she and others in the organization created a vision to provide better support for families with better resources and approached the New Brunswick Public Library Service with the idea of donating a collection of resource books.

This donation, the second of two to the New Brunswick Libraries Foundation from the Autism society, now brings the collection to 68 books. The monetary value of this gift was matched by the New Brunswick Library Foundation.

At the launch, Dr. Theresa McKenzie, a licensed psychologist and specialist in this disorder, stressed the importance of this donation. With wait times as they are, parents concerned about some of their children’s developmental behaviours need resources to provide strategies for coping at home and developing social skills. Often their concerns are dismissed but parents know their children best and need accessible resources.”

This collection will be housed at the Chatham Branch of the York Library Service but all New Brunswickers with interest or concerns about Autism Spectrum Disorders can access the books by inter-branch loans

May 15, 2007 Posted by | autism awareness, autism disorder, Autism Society New Brunswick, chatham public library, Dr. Theresa McKenzie, lila barry | Leave a comment

Autism and NOISE


The Daily American Online of Somerset County PA is carrying a fascinating story of a high functioning autistic gentleman, Barney Vincelette, who was bothered by his neighbor’s loud rock music and the steps he took to reach an accommodation with his neighbors. Many autistic persons, including my son Conor, are very sensitive to noises. There were times when I had to hold Conor on my lap while getting his hair cut. He would be so upset by the noise of shears in the barber shop that he would literally bite into my shoulder. We now pick quiet times when the shop is empty and get his hair cut, with scissors as much as possible, by a lady who is outstanding at working with Conor. Noise from motorcycles is a huge problem for Conor. Many motorbikes are adjusted to increase the sound level emitted and that is a problem for any one in the vicinity. For Conor it is a particularly difficult experience.


Autism renders sickening rock music

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 2:40 AM EDT

Barney Vincelette, who says his autism renders loud noises sickening to him, has been feuding for several years with neighbors in Houston, Del., over their rock music. At first, he invented his own sound-jammer, according to an April profile in the Wilmington News Journal, but a judge curtailed its use. Subsequently, he recorded super-annoying sounds of his own (including a fog horn’s) and had them written out as music (“Sonata for Calliope of Truck Horns About to Be Transcribed for Locomotive Horns Opus No. 1”), at which point the judge decided that permitting the neighbors’ Bon Jovi but not Vincelette’s Sonata amounted to selective law enforcement, and the feuders settled their differences. (Vincelette, by the way, lives in a house shaped like a flying saucer.) [News Journal, 4-15-07]

May 15, 2007 Posted by | auism disorder, autism awareness, environmental sensitivity, noise | Leave a comment