Posts tagged "autism"

Adrienne Truscott Does Rape Comedy Right

See, rape jokes can be funny!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 21, 2015

Parents Are Trying To Cure Autistic Kids With Horrifying Bleach Enemas

Oh god. This is the most awful thing I have read in a while. Apparently, in an effort to cure their children of autism, some parents are turning to a dangerous concoction they believe can "flush" the autism causing vaccines out of them. The substance is called "Miracle Mineral Supplement" and it is just a…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 20, 2015

Mom Of Son With Asperger’s Syndrome: “Armchair Diagnoses Aren’t Helping Anyone”

"After Elliot Rodger murdered six young men and women in Isla Vista, California, word spread that he had been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Asperger's is a developmental disorder that was also linked to mass murderer Adam Lanza. Did Rodger's alleged high-functioning autism spectrum disorder lead him to go on a murderous rampage? No. And eve…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 27, 2014

Toni Braxton Thinks God Punished Her For Abortion By Giving Son Autism

"I was suddenly faced with a choice I’d never thought I’d have to make. Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision… In my heart, I believed I had taken a life — an action that I thought God might one day punish me for. ... My initial rage was quickly followed by another…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2014

10 Things Your Autistic Friend Wants You To Know

Hello, I’m Gwen Kansen and I have Asperger’s Syndrome. I repeat myself a lot. If a room is crowded I try to get out immediately. It takes me longer than most people to do pretty much everything because I make slow transitions. But I’m fun at dive bars. I used to manage a vintage clothing…

By: Gwendolyn Kansen / March 20, 2014

Susan Boyle Has Asperger’s Syndrome

Susan Boyle revealed she has Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. The Scottish singer became famous on "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009 and received her diagnosis only last year. As a child, she had been told by doctors that she was brain damaged, although she never believed it. [Guardian UK] LaToya Jackson married her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 9, 2013

Daryl Hannah Comes Out As Autistic

"I’ve never been comfortable being the center of attention It’s always freaked me out … I’m a grown up now. I’ve learned a couple of things that really would’ve made my life easier if I’d known them 20 years ago … I wasted so much time scared, self-conscious and insecure. Life is too short to…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 27, 2013

Vile Letter Sent To Mother Of A Boy With Autism Will Destroy Your Faith In Humanity

When Kara Begley, a mom from Newcastle, Ontario, opened a letter that had been slipped under her door, the last thing she expected to read was a hateful screed demanding she euthanize her severely autistic son, but unfortunately, that's exactly what it was. The letter, from one of her neighbors who calls herself "One Pissed…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 20, 2013

Study: Induced Labor May Be Linked To Autism

Another code may have been cracked in how autism occurs in children: children that were born from labor induction or speeding up the birth with drugs were more likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study. The study conducted by Simon Gregory from Duke Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, found the education record…

By: Daley Quinn / August 18, 2013

Study: Anorexia Is Similar To Autism

A new study suggests that girls suffering from anorexia display similar personality traits to those with autism, such as lack of empathy, high focus on detail, and rigid behavior. In some instances, girls with anorexia scored five times higher in autistic qualities than non-anorexic girls on the Autism Spectrum Quotient.

By: Alyson Penn / August 8, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Autism Awareness Advocate Carly Fleischmann

Carly Fleischmann has co-authored a book with her father, starred in a film, has 97,000 followers on Facebook, and will attend the University of Toronto in the fall. She also has autism and is nonverbal. But what she can do is use technology to communicate; she's been communicating using computers since she was 10 year…

By: Mary Odell / July 8, 2013

True Story: My Therapist Told Me I Had Asperger’s

I’ve been seeing my therapist, Jennifer*, for years. I love her. She’s helped me through a lot of hard times and she’s one of the first people I want to talk to when something big happens in my life. However, there was one time she crossed the line between analyzing and annoying: the time she convinced…

By: Lauren Capen / October 19, 2012

Miss Montana Alexis Wineman Could Be The First Miss America With Autism

Meet Alexis Wineman, 2012's Miss Montana who is headed to the Miss America pageant this January. This year, Alexis will truly be unlike all the other pageant competitors: she was diagnosed with autism at age 11. Alexis spent her childhood learning to cope with with the effects of autism, including having difficulty socializing with her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 8, 2012

Girl Talk: Dating A Man With Autism Taught Me To Be Myself

Ughhhhh, he is infuriating, I thought as I scanned Paul*'s Facebook page. There were new status messages -- "carboloading" -- a recent video of him performing, and links to new posts on his blog. Facebook told me what parties Paul had recently attended and which ones he had just RSVP'd to; it told me "Paul…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 9, 2011

Mother Gives 9-Year-Old Son Pot: Therapeutic Or Psychotic?

Ah, Double X. Welcome to the world of "alternative motherhood." This week, Marie Myung-Ok Lee delivers an update on why she gives her nine-year-old son pot. Yes, nine. Yes, pot. Why? Well, he's autistic and allergic. According to her, the marijuana helps him function. The pot is delivered daily by way of cannabis tea and…

By: Susannah Breslin / October 6, 2009

Quick Pic: Jim Carrey & Jenny McCarthy Share A Picturesque Embrace

The funny couple were marching on Capitol Hill, in support of a cause dear to Jenny's heart -- eliminating the toxins from children's vaccines. McCarthy has said she believes her son developed autism from vaccines he received as a baby. [Washington D.C., 6/4/08]…

By: The Frisky / June 4, 2008

Jenny McCarthy Is A Bad Ass

Jenny McCarthy is busting all kinds of stereotypes and proving big-breasted bleach blondes are smarter than stodgy old dorks with degrees. The funny former Playboy pin up has been singled out for her autism activism and has just published a book on the subject, Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism. She ha…

By: Simcha / April 4, 2008