A meme that keeps going around is that Asperger Syndrome (AS) is somehow universally good. The DSM doesn’t list things that are beneficial, so any diagnostic criteria has to be for something that has some serious down-sides – even if there are positive aspects to it. Of course on the Internet the debate won’t just [...]
James Purser wrote “Stop Using Autism to Push Your Own Brand of Lunacy” about the organisations that use Autism for their own political agenda . He references the ongoing vaccine issue (which didn’t even stop when Andrew Wakefield was proven to have engaged in fraudulent research) and a campaign of PETA.
PETA claims [...]
There have been some recent discussions about issues related to the treatment of women at Free Software conferences, I’ve written posts about Aspie Social Skills and Free Software  and Empathy, Autism, and Geeks  about this. But of course discussion continued on how Aspies supposedly cause problems that no-one seems to be noticing.
LWN has a recent article titled “The dark side of open source conferences” which concerns sexual assault at conferences .
There are a significant number of comments with attempts to derail the discussion in ways that can really only be interpreted as attacks on Autistic people. The claims seem to be that the problem is [...]
LWN has an article by Valerie Aurora titled “The dark side of open source conferences”  which is about sexual harassment and sexual assault at Free Software conferences. Apparently some conferences create such a bad environment that some people won’t attend, it’s a well researched article that everyone in the community should read.
The Autism [...]
The AEIOU Foundation
The AEIOU Foundation  is a support and advocacy organisation for people on the Autism Spectrum, note that they clearly say Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on their About page, some of what they write would be less wrong if it was claimed to apply to only non-verbal Autistics or people claimed to [...]
I was asked for advice on buying headphones to protect students who have medical conditions that make them sensitive to noise, such headphones would have to allow them to hear human voices.
Due to the significant differences in hearing issues (including physical damage and sensory issues) it seems unlikely that getting identical headphones [...]
Diagnostic Changes for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Currently Asperger Syndrome (AS) is one of a group of conditions that are grouped into the category Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The American Psychiatric Association plans to merge “Asperger’s Disorder” into “Autism Spectrum Disorder”  in version 5 of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Apparently a primary reason [...]
The German supermarket chain Aldi has been running in Australia for 8 years now . Their standard practice for a long time has been to offer regular special deals on a few items of consumer electronics every week, my chocolate fridge is one thing I bought from Aldi .
Today Aldi have started [...]
The Telegraph has a silly article titled “Aliens are likely to look and behave like us” . It’s based on the ideas of Professor Simon Conway Morris  who is a big fan of evolutionary convergence. He seems to believe that humans evolved in a way that is close to optimal and that aliens would [...]