Stranger than Fiction: 5 myths about autism (and why they’re dangerous)

Atypical Perspectives

Like seemingly every sphere of public life, discussions around the causes and consequences of autism are rife with fiction. It’s a mentality which arises from the “people have had enough of experts” school of thought. Critics of experts believe that should you even appear to deviate from your role as a neutral presenter of facts by stating an opinion, you are no longer an expert or cannot be trusted. This is the argument people like Andrew Wakefield make. Upon having his medical license revoked for saying that vaccines cause autism, he has made documentaries like Vaxxed and appeared on platforms like ‘Infowars’ to argue that the truth is being shrouded by a medical elite.

This of course ignores the fact that experts are human, and that it’s through those differences in view that the best ideas emerge. Scientists have long debated exactly what autism is and how its caused, and…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is Feel free to contact me.


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