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A Perfect World (A Father's Quest to Unriddle the Mysteries of Autism) by David Cohen


David Cohen's remarkable book is both a journey and a story of home. After his three year-old son Eliot is diagnosed with autism, he travels the world to meet leading autism researchers, educators and clinicians. But the heart of the book is his moving meditation on family and what really makes a good life.

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Humans is back!

Humans is back! Thank you Russell Brown for retreiving it from the murky world of cyber space and giving it new life.  We hope to add Twitter and Facebook links soon. 
Thanks to various NZ bloggers including and for filling the void while humans was in reccess. Lively discussions have also taken place in various Facebook groups such as Asperger’s Syndrome New [...]

Posted in Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Bad practice, New Zealand, Policy by Hilary Stace on December 20th 2013, Comments Off

Common sense is not common

The Herald on Sunday features an interview with Nigel Latta by Deborah Coddington, weirdly condensed into this brief about Oppositional Defiance Disorder.
In the full print story, Latta dishes out jumbo servings of his usual faux common-sense parenting advice, lurching into this bizarre statement:
“But I’ve been around the family area more than 20 years, long enough [...]

Posted in Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Bad practice, New Zealand, Parenting by Russell Brown on March 1st 2010, 13 responses

Will national standards fail autistic students?

 The act requiring the new educational standards regime was passed through all its stages in Parliament in 24 hours just before Christmas 2008. It did not go to a select committee where the public, autism advocates, and those with lived experience, could make submissions. This was unfortunate as some of us could have pointed out the negative implications [...]

Posted in Advocacy, Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Bad practice, New Zealand, Policy, Schooling by Hilary Stace on November 27th 2009, 21 responses

Education National Standards Amendment Act 2008 and implications for students with autism and their families

I was angered that a significant change to the Education Act was passed by Parliament through all its stages under urgency before Christmas. It increased fines for parents of students who were not attending school, and it made way for publicly notified standardised testing of primary school students (as in the No Child Left Behind policy of the United States). [...]

Officially avoiding the issue

The Herald on Sunday has a story about the death of Finn Higgins, noting that “an independent review of his situation shows that the mental health crisis team failed Higgins at every turn.”
Che Tibby is justifiably angry in response, and there are some useful comments under his blog post, including one from Finn’s mother, Diane [...]

Posted in Advocacy, Asperger Syndrome, Bad practice, New Zealand, Parenting by Russell Brown on November 25th 2008, 1 response

Finn’s Story

Finn Higgins was known to users of the Public Address System discussion forums as a keen-minded, literate, witty and sensitive debater, and an asset to the community. What we could not know was the extent to which he was struggling with depression and anxiety in his personal life. These problems were related to an undiagnosed [...]

Posted in Advocacy, Asperger Syndrome, Bad practice, Stories, Uncategorized by Russell Brown on September 17th 2008, 11 responses


When a news organisation reports on a “new” treatment for autism, you should hear the alarm bells go off in your head — and that’s certainly the case with the Australian Nine Network’s report this week on the work of Matthew Israel, who runs the Judge Rotenberg Centre in Massachusetts.
Israel is a behaviourist who fits [...]

Posted in ABA, Advocacy, Bad practice, Video and audio by Russell Brown on August 23rd 2007, 4 responses