Barry Neil Kaufman is the author of Son Rise and No Regrets and the founder of The Option Institute, an internationally recognized learning center. His other books include Happiness is a Choice and To Love Is to Be Happy With. The institute founded by Barry and his wife teaches self-acceptance and empowerment. He lives in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
WORDS NOT SPOKEN is a father’s first-hand account of raising a son that could not speak or adhere to basic social norms – and his fight to find an alternative to institutionalization when his son reached adulthood. Author Lawrence Markin did not even know what autism was when his son Eric was diagnosed in 1988 at the age of two. Few people did at that time. Mr. Markin’s journey over the next two decades – from his initial quest for knowledge, to what it was like living in a household consumed by chaos, to the unique living arrangement he fought to make happen when Eric became an adult – is detailed with brutal honesty and raw emotion. The author’s wit, wisdom and honesty evoke both humor and pathos throughout the narrative.
Provocative and meticulously researched, Challenging the Myths of Autism looks at the most prevalent fallacies, explains how they developed, examines why dispelling them matters and, most importantly, sets out a new understanding that will change the way parents and professionals view autism. With examples from his own practice, Alderson charts a whole new realm of possibilities for treatment and research.
For centuries, medicine has made reckless use of one of earth's most toxic substances: mercury—and the consequences, often invisible or ignored, continue to be tragic. Today, background pollution levels, including global emissions of mercury as well as other toxicants, make us all more vulnerable to its effects. From the worst cases of syphilis to Sigmund Freud's first cases of hysteria, from baffling new disorders in 19th century Britain to the modern scourge of autism, THE AGE OF AUTISM traces the long overlooked history of mercury poisoning.
Now, for the first time, authors Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill uncover that history. Within this context, they present startling findings: investigating the first cases of autism diagnosed in the 1940s revealed an unsuspected link to a new form of mercury in seed disinfectants, lumber fungicides and vaccines. In the tradition of Silent Spring and An Inconvenient Truth, Olmsted and Blaxill demonstrate with clarity how chemical and environmental clues may have been missed as medical "experts," many of them blinded by decades of systemic bias, instead placed blamed on parental behavior or children's biology. By exposing the roots and rise of The Age of Autism, this book attempts to point the way out – to a safer future for our children and the planet.