In the News

Here are some links to news stories, radio and TV programmes that have come to our attention in relation to diagnosis, neurodiversity and autism.
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A Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism post ‘Neurodiversity FAQ’: http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/p/so-youre-doing-story-about.html

A Guardian letter to ‘our friends who share autism success stories’: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/sep/28/a-letter-to-our-friends-who-share-autism-success-stories

The Guardian article by Simon Baron-Cohen about Neurodiversity and autism: https://twitter.com/GdnSocialCare/status/1179331882565156864 

NBC news article: Why the focus of autism research is shifting away from a search for a ‘cure’: more attention is on identifying children as early as possible and support for the health and well-being of autistic adults
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/cure-autism-not-so-fast-n1055921

Transcribed radio discussion debating the Neurodiversity movement: http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/2019/09/countering-neurodiversity.html?fbclid=IwAR040JdIzBO-4cv9h8bOdp72aivFdQ0QsHa_zl3RcSJT1NzsIwNFNmfCwzs

Guardian article ‘women ‘better than men’ in disguising autism symptoms: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/13/women-better-than-men-at-disguising-autism-symptoms

What is Autism? How the term became too broad to have meaning any more. Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/26/autism-neurodiversity-severe

The Telegraph article, ‘Autism now so over diagnosed it will be a meaningless condition in 10 years’ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/08/21/autism-now-over-diagnosed-will-meaningless-condition-within/

BPS Psychologist article, ‘Me and Monotropism: A Unified Theory of Autism’: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-32/august-2019/me-and-monotropism-unified-theory-autism

Dispatches programme 29th July 2017, 9pm – Young, British and Depressed (trailer): https://twitter.com/C4Dispatches/status/1155523311725699072?s=20

Study finds psychiatric diagnosis to be ‘scientifically meaningless’: https://neurosciencenews.com/meaningless-psychiatric-diagnosis-14434/

Spectrum Article ‘Stimming, therapeutic for autistic people, deserves acceptance’: https://www.spectrumnews.org/opinion/viewpoint/stimming-therapeutic-autistic-people-deserves-acceptance/

Spectrum Article ‘Autistic people with intellectual disability often excluded in studies’: https://www.spectrumnews.org/opinion/viewpoint/autistic-people-intellectual-disability-often-excluded-studies/ 

A man with quadriplegic cerebral palsy blinked at a judge to go home rather than remain in hospital or be moved to hospice care: https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/11/disabled-man-blinks-judge-tell-wants-allowed-go-home-9899960/?fbclid=IwAR0egU7vQyjllBCm780AmOfBlpPbWDMkk9roStzRFLC9S-mSNVBEA0Cg46o

Blog post ‘Autistic communication differences and how to adjust for them’: https://theaspergian.com/2019/06/09/autism-autistic-communication-differences/

Scientific American article ‘Cleaning Up Some Misconceptions about Neurodiversity’: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/clearing-up-some-misconceptions-about-neurodiversity/

Article from The Washington Post about an employee helping an autistic boy having a meltdown: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/06/07/theme-park-employee-lay-down-ground-next-an-autistic-boy-having-meltdown-her-act-solidarity-went-viral/?utm_term=.6b366bb2ec5d

A stream of letters in The Guardian about autism as a diagnostic category:

How Asperger’s helped Greta Thunberg realise there was a climate crisis: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greta-thunberg-on-how-aspergers-helped-her-realise-there-was-a-climate-crisis-53qhhknj0

Spectrum article on the divisions in and between the Autistic Community and Neurodiversity Movement: https://www.spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/search-truce-autism-wars/?fbclid=IwAR15ZD-uqj_UIO9wLJ_7QvmHxY4gCIe–pYUjvcBMd7WhL5S4Ig6qpC4vTE

Article in USA today about how autism has made the writer a better husband:
https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2019/04/07/amy-schumer-netflix-growing-autism-relationships-column/3367702002/

Not all autistic people are good at maths and science, an article in The Conversation:
https://theconversation.com/not-all-autistic-people-are-good-at-maths-and-science-despite-the-stereotypes-114128?fbclid=IwAR0cushWsw4CD7KW8FvOOMEZR8SZiTbwBk6YaD85dKqCgKcv4zmDc5kHNto

A review suggesting the DSM-5 narrowed eligibility for autism diagnoses, while the new social communication disorder diagnosis is barely used:
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2019/03/20/study-autism-definition-drop-diagnoses/26227/?fbclid=IwAR2_TDRver6mtDND3rnNDzCCfa6ia3Tt7ti52hEpnNHKEGwXj-kVF0H29MA

‘The good thing about ADHD: It’s my superpower’ – BBC video: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-47630021/the-good-things-about-adhd-it-s-my-superpower 

Autism Ireland closing down: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/autism-charity-collapses-after-years-of-financial-struggles-1.3826365?mode=amp&fbclid=IwAR2QgjcZHNCLHl_8uSdQn1asnF4VLFtSETxEsIT7lbCmRFwWvV1YlSVuIl4

DVLA U-turns on autism disclosure policy after uproar: Drivers with autism will only need to disclose if their is affected, following Guardian report: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/05/dvla-u-turns-on-autism-disclosure-policy-after-uproar

This story was also covered in other outlets like The Conversation, which cites the Independent: http://theconversation.com/dvla-u-turn-over-autistic-drivers-highlights-the-ongoing-issue-of-autism-discrimination-113051

Report on Amazon selling books on ‘autism cures’ that suggest children drink toxic, bleach-like substance: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/amazon-autism-fake-cure-books

Care Quality Commission rebuked for failure to prosecute National Autistic Society over care home abuse: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/10/cqc-rebuked-for-failure-to-prosecute-national-autistic-society-over-mendip-house-care-home-abuse 

A study by researchers at the University of Surrey led by an autistic adult from November 2018 that found social stigma accounted for 72% of the distress reported by autistic adults: https://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-health-information-26/autism-news-51/stigma-of-autism-can-take-toll-on-psyche-739089.html

A new article that is making the rounds by autistic advocates et al. on social media: https://psmag.com/education/the-art-of-stimming?fbclid=IwAR12UANUQSoPbiqaIOEiHmdtDqcy8YxwRuZI50D4Akgq2ntY7jIqbGbzfQg

Launch of Neurodivergent Labour: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/launch-of-neurodivergent-labour-could-be-milestone-in-fight-for-rights-and-equality/?fbclid=IwAR1vRwT766DHahw59jxpJ8nBH_5h-QlXEANKXlzCqTtgPEIRQjhL8h0ELMQ

West End play ‘All in a Row’ receiving criticism over use of puppet to portray boy with autism: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/all-in-row-alex-oates-15823286?fbclid=IwAR1lOSgE9SGwA9f26AKQ_4eHMApXq41Shh_fd3eshGa6BZdQcJnNSSS1ceg

London Evening Standard report on a drop in vaccination rates across Europe, particularly in London: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/antivaxxers-behind-alarming-drop-in-number-of-children-having-mmr-a4060001.html

BBC article ‘Wales autism law rejection ‘a kick in the teeth”: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-47007486 

The dangers of ‘Neurodiversity’: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/01/the-dangers-of-neurodiversity-why-do-people-want-to-stop-a-cure-for-autism-being-found/

Guardian article on ‘Medication isn’t always the right answer for children with ADHD’: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/11/medication-isnt-always-the-right-answer-for-children-with-adhd

Guardian article ‘Too few children receiving treatment for ADHD, figures suggest’: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/05/too-few-children-receiving-treatment-for-adhd-figures-suggest

BBC Wales article ‘ADHD: Excluded pupils ‘should be screened automatically’’: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46750182

Spectrum News ‘Revealing autism’s hidden strengths’: https://www.spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/revealing-autisms-hidden-strengths/

Spectrum article ‘Can computers diagnose autism?’: https://www.spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/can-computer-diagnose-autism/

BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire programme – section on autistic people being mistreated in ‘assessment and treatment’ units (starts around 6 minutes): https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bvlkwm/victoria-derbyshire-18122018

BBC article on a comic book shop in Cambridgeshire co-run by autistic brothers: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-46236942?fbclid=IwAR3xYAvLEdYh9oKC3Aoe9panBII-kuCaCBNvIbFCVXO7f40xgtMHTuaCOfI&utm_source=Copy+of+Spectrum+News+%28Daily+Report%29&utm_campaign=5c68b363aa-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_06_10_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5d6f652fd5-5c68b363aa-168409001

US autistic teen died in hospital a couple days after being violently restrained at school: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/06/us/california-autistic-student-dies-after-restraint/index.html?no-st=1545042448

BBC story on a school for autistic girls and related research on autism in girls being done by the University of Surrey and Kent: https://twitter.com/bbcsoutheast/status/1070736476974006272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Gatwick airport the first to have a sensory room: https://www.internationalairportreview.com/news/76072/gatwick-sensory-room/?fbclid=IwAR3YhxSeFOugyZLuo1opsrS9OusHHUyfPjNKtydrE0DoqhUX0EdHEHc2AQo

Guardian article on ‘Rain Man at 30’ discussing what it has done (both positively and negatively) for autism https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/dec/13/rain-man-at-30-autism-hoffman-cruise-levinson?CMP=share_btn_tw

Guardian article about the effort to close down the Judge Rottenberg Center in the US: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/16/judge-rotenberg-center-massachusetts-electric-shocks

An article by autistic advocates – ‘The Art of Stimming’: https://psmag.com/education/the-art-of-stimming?fbclid=IwAR12UANUQSoPbiqaIOEiHmdtDqcy8YxwRuZI50D4Akgq2ntY7jIqbGbzfQg

Article arguing that some identified ADHD is an instance of medicalisation: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcpp.12991 commentary on this article can be found here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-biological-basis-mental-illness/201810/are-we-labeling-normal-development-pathology

Reactions to Cambridge University’s paper about sex differences in autism in the guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/18/not-all-pink-and-blue-when-its-comes-to-our-brains and the Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6381259/Autism-extreme-version-male-brain.html

BBC documentary on shell shock and its history into becoming a recognised diagnosis after symptoms were first seen on a large scale in WWI: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0brzl3w/wwis-secret-shame-shell-shock

Guardian article – Unnecessary tonsillectomies?: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/06/nine-in-10-operations-to-remove-childrens-tonsils-unnecessary; original research article can be found here – https://bjgp.org/content/early/2018/11/05/bjgp18X699833

New York Times article ‘A Profusion of Diagnosis. That’s Good and Bad.’: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/06/well/live/a-profusion-of-diagnoses-thats-good-and-bad.html

Summary of article ‘Stigma of Autism Can Take Toll on Psyche’: https://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-health-information-26/autism-news-51/stigma-of-autism-can-take-toll-on-psyche-739089.html; the full published article can be found here http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2156869318804297

Guardian article – The Myth of Meritocracy: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/oct/19/the-myth-of-meritocracy-who-really-gets-what-they-deserve

Now This Is News video – ‘What you need to know about neurodiversity’: https://nowthisnews.com/videos/news/what-you-need-to-know-about-neurodiversity

Local authorities accused of ‘pimping out’ autistic woman: http://www.theweek.co.uk/97209/local-authorities-accused-of-pimping-out-autistic-woman

Autistic woman abused in the US: https://www.upi.com/Feds-Louisiana-family-enslaved-autistic-woman-forced-her-to-eat-mothers-ashes/1461532916769/

Guardian article – ‘Medication isn’t always the right answer for children with ADHD’: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/11/medication-isnt-always-the-right-answer-for-children-with-adhd

Guardian article – ‘Too few children receiving treatment for ADHD, figures suggest’: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/05/too-few-children-receiving-treatment-for-adhd-figures-suggest

Guardian article – ‘Sorry, Netflix: we don’t need another freak show

Guardian article – ‘What Netflix comedy Atypical gets right and wrong‘ – did they ‘do their homework’?

Guardian article – ‘I’m autistic – don’t let anti-vaxxers bring back the culture of fear

Netflix show ‘Atypical’ – https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80188953

Guardian article – ‘Don’t be in any doubt – ADHD is a condition and it must be treated

The Art of Autism article by a young girl recently diagnosed with autism – ‘A High School Essay: Passing and Prejudice

BBC iWonder web page on ‘how can you tell if an adult is autistic?’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zqvf4j6#zq3y9qt

‘How to Meet Autistic People Halfway’ – controversial article in The Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/opinion/autism-social-life-new-research.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

BBC Radio 4, The Untold: Jade’s World. The story of a games designer with autism: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b9wbdy

An interview with autistic comedian Hannah Gadsby about how her trauma transformed comedy: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jul/16/hannah-gadsby-trauma-comedy-nanette-standup-netflix

BBC Radio 4, Four Thought – ‘D is for Diagnosis’: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06qkp8y?ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_radio_4&ns_mchannel=social&ns_linkname=radio_and_music

WHO releases new International Classification of Diseases (ICD 11):  http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/18-06-2018-who-releases-new-international-classification-of-diseases-(icd-11)

Guardian articles – Woman with Asperger’s ejected from cinema: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/30/woman-with-aspergers-ejected-from-cinema-for-laughing-at-western, which provoked this article on disabled people facing ‘hostile environments’: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/01/bfi-aspergers-disabled-people-hostile-environment-cinema

BBC Radio 4, iPM – ‘I always felt like an alien. Now I know why’: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09zt3v1

BBC – ‘It all made sense when we found out we were autistic’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/women_late_diagnosis_autism

Guardian article – More than 120 homeopaths trying to ‘cure’ autism in the UK: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/27/more-than-120-homeopaths-trying-to-cure-autism-in-uk 

Guardian article in response to the Power Threat Meaning Framework – ‘Mental health labels can save lives. But they also can destroy them’: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/24/mental-health-labels-diagnosis-study-psychiatrists

BBC Radio 4, Women’s Hour – ‘Kinship carers, Happy teenagers’ programme discussing neurodiversity: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09y6z7x

The Scientism of Autism: https://www.madinamerica.com/2018/04/the-scientism-of-autism/

Editorial Perspective: Neurodiversity – A Revolutionary Concept for Autism and Psychiatry: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jcpp.12703

BBC Radio 4 programme ‘A Normal… Family’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07m4wyh

A news article which summarises the new ‘Are you Autistic?’ TV programme to begin on Channel 4 28th March 2018: http://www.channel4.com/info/press/programme-information/are-you-autistic 

BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Naming of Diseases’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05x90wx

The AS money saver – BBC short documentary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p05vvc8q/radio-1-stories-the-aspergers-moneysaver

‘Stark Raving Normal?’ considerations of historical diagnosis and the case of Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-2018/february/stark-raving-normal 

The French ‘50 years’ behind in autism ‘treatment’: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/france-is-50-years-behind-the-state-scandal-of-french-autism-treatment

New biological test for autism looking for proteins in blood and urine samples: https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/scientists-develop-new-blood-urine-12038244

How much undiagnosed adults with ADHD ‘cost’: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/15/undiagnosed-adult-adhd-could-cost-uk-billions-a-year-report-finds

What the neurodiversity movement does and doesn’t offer: http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/2018/02/what-neurodiversity-movement-doesand.html

Puzzle Piece Controversy for Autism: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2018/02/02/autism-journal-abandons-puzzle/24668/

The Power Threat Meaning Framework: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/introducing-power-threat-meaning-framework