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Damn, science!

May 26, 2012

 I really love this site; she’s got a way of focusing on clarity of communication.   Damn, science!   Yes, I know that many parents don’t agree, many more worry, and even more are questioning. Some of those are people I personally like and respect. Feel free to sound off in the comments if you […]

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Why my iPad lives at REED Academy

March 13, 2011

Here’s a great new app, intended for the visually impaired, that recognizes US currency in realtime. Yes, my old iPad doesn’t have a camera, but the accessibility of these tools to my Dylan is just amazing. I’ve started to take nearly every idea for a program and think about how it could be legitimately — […]

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Have you bought “Your Baby Can Read”?

November 16, 2010

It’s come to my attention from a friend, classmate, and father of a child on the spectrum that the “Your Baby Can Read” program was recently exposed (challenged, to be sure) as a likely fraud. It was the subject of a segment on the Today Show about a week ago. Here’s the clip: Apparently this […]

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Autism’s urban legend

February 19, 2010

Jen Laviano (@JenLaviano) has a post up this week that mentions my un-favorite urban legend about autism: that there are parents who get their kids a diagnosis so that they can get “extra help” from their school district. Jen talks about having discussions with parents, friends, relatives, teachers, etc. to explain the value of special […]

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Quick question: who’s interested in an autism-focused IGNITE event?

January 15, 2010

“Ignite” talks are presentations composed of 15 slides that automatically rotate every 20 seconds, meaning they’re only 5 minutes long. Since I’ve been working on a similarly sized presentation to introduce my ideas on a comprehensive ASD curriculum planning & tracking tool, and since March 1-4 is Global Ignite Week, I wondered whether there are […]

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When research isn’t science

November 27, 2009

Some time ago, a link to this quasi-review article crossed my desk. Briefly, it explains why, in the author’s opinion, the subject articles on genetic research in autism are somehow untrustworthy or flawed. In some ways, it’s well-written. I like the bibliography. It’s all Nature, Science, NEJM, and Nature Genetics. But to me, the real […]

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Project: “Open-source” school for autistic children

October 13, 2009

I refer to this as 30seats.com, wth a focusing on creating one classroom at a time to serve our entire community of new children with ASDs. Mission: A program that would collect, create, and curate tools, information, and content to address the physical, program, and regulatory requirements to found a school-centered program for children with […]

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Autism Speaks carefully about vaccines

August 7, 2009

I finally had time to read the recent statement/interview with Dr. Geri Dawson, the Chief Science Officer of Autism Speaks. As you know, we’ve discussed this complicated and angst-inducing issue in the past, primarily with respect to the complexities of epidemiology in vaccine research and the nuanced textures of meaning of studies large enough to […]

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Down with Autism!

July 1, 2009

Let’s be clear. Autism sucks; it certainly sucks for my son. (And I don’t lump the Asperger’s group into this: I have met Aspies who are cogent, gainfully employed, capable, present in the world, and able to self-advocate; Dylan wasn’t at all like that before getting high-quality ABA and has a long way to go, […]

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