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World Autism Awareness Day

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The GLITTER8 window light show illuminates Fuji TV's headquarters in Odaiba, Tokyo, for the United Nations-designated World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday night.

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Autism was extremely rare worldwide prior to the 80s.

Now it is exploding in Western developed countries.

It some former Eastern Bloc countries that have advanced screening methods, it is still quite rare.

The cause is not genetic otherwise it would be worldwide and it would have been prevalent throughout human history.

Did you ever notice that Autistic children never have Autistic parents?

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Autism was extremely rare worldwide prior to the 80s.

Was autism rare, or was diagnosis rare? They aren't the same thing.

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Autism was extremely rare worldwide prior to the 80s.

At most, you can say that being diagnosed with autism was rare. Historically, we simply call autistic people dumb and sent them to the workhouse. The fact that the average IQ of a person in the 1850s (or even 1950s) was much lower than today would explain why people with autism in those days did not attract as much attention as they do today.

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Autism is not a disease, google "Specialisterne", this company employs wide range of autists as computer programmers, debuggers, and data entry workers. Apparently their debuggers are 8 times more efficient than "normal" people who are easily distracted and can't appreciate the delicate intricacies of sequence, numbers, and details.

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Autism is not a disease

Often spouted by people who believe disabled people aren't disabled... stress should be on what they can do, not what they can't do.

I haven't explored this philosophy, but some kids with autism are not able to take care of themselves, and not all kids with autism demonstrate unusual abilities. Somebody, usually a parent, is left with a lot of work to do with a lot of these kids. Convince me otherwise, but I'd call it a disease, and so do places like the Mayo Clinic.

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I am not sure how to classify autism whether as a disease or a normal minority. But I am reasonably sure that the misdiagnosis of autism is becoming a cash cow.

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Autism is a disorder from the word Autism Spectrum Disorder, I wouldn't call it disease though. It is more like a disability from my perspective.

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