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Autism Spectrum Disorders
I just happened to notice a mention of my forthcoming book Neurodiversity:  Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences in the Irish Times.  "In Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Other Brain Differences (Perseus, May), Thomas Armstrong offers a radical perspective which sees many neuropsychological disorders...
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A White House press release dated December 16, 2009, announced that a prominent neurodiversity advocate, Ari Ne'eman, has been named to a key governmental post.  Obama has named Ne'eman to the National Council on Disability, which is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the president and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities. ...
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Kim Peek, who was immortalized by Dustin Hoffman in the Oscar-winning movie "Rain Man" has died of a heart attack at age 58.  Peek, who was originally considered autistic, is now believed to have had FG Syndrome (also known as Opitz-Kaveggia syndrome).  He is perhaps the most famous example of a "savant," that is, an...
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Intelligence tests have often been used to differentiate "high functioning" from "low functioning" individuals with autism.  But a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science suggests that "low functioning" children with autism may in fact score much higher if an alternative intelligence test–the Raven's Progressive Matrices– is used instead of the more conventional Wechsler Intelligence...
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