Friday, February 15, 2013

Autism Experts: Science Writing- Ten Things to Consider

This blog post is directed toward researchers and scientists (and others) who write about autism. And, it is also directed toward the general population who read such writings.

Writing about autism science? 10 things

Willingham's list of ten things starts with this all-important consideration:

"Interview an autistic person for insight whenever possible. If you need suggestions for leads, feel free to contact me. If you were writing a piece about any other human condition, would you talk only to parents or relatives of people with that condition if the people who have it could communicate for themselves?"

Read the rest of her ten points at the link above.

Note: The "study" below violates many of the considerations Willingham outlines. Readers should stop to think for themselves how likely it is that introducing bacteria into Autistic people will elicit a "cure." Please note that a "reduction of symptoms" in mice does not say much about autism in humans, and it really does not say much about autism at all, since the researchers are using stereotypes of Autistic behavior to come to their conclusions. Oddly, they give the mice the flu, then note that the mic have different bacteria in their "gut." Really. I am typically less social when I have the flu, too.

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