Dr Lorna Wing – Autism Daily Newscast were saddened to hear the news today that Dr Lorna Wing, who was one of the founding memebers of the National Autistic Society (NAS) had passed away last Friday. The NAS have issued this statement on their website.
“We are sad to announce that Dr Lorna Wing, one of the founders of The National Autistic Society and a true pioneer, passed away last Friday.
Dr Wing developed the concept of autism as a spectrum condition in the 1970s, and later coined the term Asperger syndrome. Her work revolutionised the way autism was regarded, and her influence was felt across the globe.
As a researcher and clinician, as well as mother to a child with autism, she always advocated for better understanding and services for people with autism and their families.
The National Autistic Society owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Dr Wing and the fierce intellect, compassion and insight she brought to her groundbreaking work. She will be greatly missed.”