Worth Reading – 29 May, 2015 Week in Review

Optimized-DiversityTreeEach week we summarize the research announcements and publish the recap on Sunday. We also send out an email to those who subscribe with the most popular articles from the previous week.  This is distributed on Tuesdays. But if you aren’t on that list, then you won’t know.

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For the past two weeks a lot of our reports have been taken up with Katie Hopkins and if you are anything like me you are probably tired of it. Many feel that Hopkins shouldn’t be given the airtime and on one level we agree. But many of other readers have a lot to say on the subject. Finally, it boils down to news… that is what we report and so we will continue to cover it.  It may make our Front News but personally, I think there are other stories we cover that are worth a closer look.

If you only have time to read one story from Autism Daily Newscast then it should be this guest post by Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson:

Waddington’s epigenetic landscape, and being ‘optimally autistic’

Early intervention research needs to have a firm foundation in engagement with the autism community, and an appreciation of the skills and learning of the autistic child.

We really liked this article on optimally autistic and think it raises some interesting points. That is why we sought to reprint it.



At Autism Daily Newscast we come across some wonderful pieces that have been written. If possible, we request reprints. Otherwise we share them on our Facebook Timeline, through Twitter and Scoope.it. Even though you won’t see them here on the Newscast but we would like to share them with you.

Here are three articles that we had wished we had the resources to write … but we are glad someone has.

Who Decides Where Autistic Adults Live? by Amy Lutz from The Atlantic
For many intellectually and developmentally disabled people, large campuses or farmsteads may be better options than small group homes. But new state laws could make it hard for big facilities to survive.

Our Recommendation: This is a well researched, thought out, written essay that we strongly encourage everyone to read. Autism Daily Newscast is interested in your thoughts and we plan on doing a series on various living arrangements for those on the spectrum. All submissions are welcome!

50,000 People With Autism Need Jobs This Year. Here’s Why You Should Hire Them by Jeff Chu from INC
There is a growing number of adults on the autism spectrum who want to enter the workforce but can’t. Meet the entrepreneurs trying to solve the challenge.

Our Recommendation: We are happy to share with you this great article from INC which features many organizations – some which we have been happy to cover including Meticulon Great article about #autism and work… and as I said before – nice to see featured some organizations we have covered on the Newscast.

Secret teacher: I am all for inclusion in principle, but it doesn’t always work
Keeping children with special educational needs in mainstream schooling can deprive them of expert care – and their classmates of a decent education

Our Recommendation: This is a controversial issue with proponents on both sides and one that is worth debate.


Finally here are two blog post that we also think are worth reading.

Why I Left ABA by Social Anxious Advocate

Our Recommendation:  I was extremely impressed with the work and thoughtfulness that was put into this post and would have loved to reprint it as well. I believe that “mainstream” individuals and all neurotypicals need to read this to get a better understanding of the issues and controversy around ABA. 

I akke the effort for you from the blog Echoes of Mermaids
This entry is dedicated to Stella Young. Through her Tedx talk I found my way to writing this entry, which is something I’ve wanted to do but just couldn’t let go of that last bit of fear. Thank you Stella. Rest Peacefully ♥

Our Recommendation: I am a great admirer of Stella Young and so was immediately drawn to this piece. It is a first hand experience of Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. While this blog post came out last week, we were hoping to get permission to reprint it this week. Unfortunately that did not happen but we are happy to report that Patricia has given us permission so we will be posting it next week.

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