Friday, April 13, 2012

Drafted into The Autism Wars

Drafted into The Autism Wars

By Anne Dachel 
April 7, 2012, The New York Times, published the story, The Autism Wars by Amy Harmon.  The title was intriguing.   Just what would The Times consider an autism war? After reading it, I gathered that the fight is over the definition: Are the current criteria too board?  Are we still missing kids?  Is it over-diagnosing or under-diagnosing?  
 Amy Harmon is described here as “a national correspondent for The New York Times who has written extensively on autism.”  Extensively on autism?  I’m curious why someone who supposedly has a lot of background on autism is content to open her article with this paragraph: 

THE report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that one in 88 American children have an autism spectrum disorder has stoked a debate about why the condition’s prevalence continues to rise. The C.D.C. said it was possible that the increase could be entirely attributed to better detection by teachers and doctors, while holding out the possibility of unknown environmental factors. “ 
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