Monday, March 31, 2008

Autism and History

April is Autism Awareness month in the United States. Here are a few quotes to acknowledge the month:

"Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in our nation." Mary Bono

"I decided to study special education and fell in love with working with individuals with autism. That's what I planned to do with my life." Clay Aiken

"What it boils down to is that parenting a child with autism is a difficult job; writing about it is far easier." Elizabeth Moon

"Autism may indeed spark creativity in some people. It is not unreasonable that some of these people are famous in history." Miland Brown

"It has been presumed that before the discovery of the pattern of symptoms now known as autism, that people did exist with the syndrome, and were lumped together either with the mentally retarded or the insane. We might expect to have inherited sufficiently-detailed descriptions of such people that we would be able to see a pattern suggesting autism among them, but there have not been many descriptions that suggest autism." John Wobus

"Autism is not a modern problem, even though it has only recently gained vast recognition. It is difficult to discuss the history of autism treatment without paying particular attention to the history of autism as a concept and the ways in which autism has been conceptualized and theorized about over the past 100 years." Robert Williams Jr.

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