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Book Review: Switched On

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Book Review:

John Elder Robison, Switched On

Robert B. Waltz

Note: all opinions are of the author and do not represent the views of AuSM

The subtitle of this book is "a memoir of brain change and emotional awakening," but if you want an informal description, a better one might be, "Hey, lookee what I found!" It is the story of a well-known autism advocate whose life took a dramatic turn.

This is going to be a long review, so if you just want a quick idea of what the volume is like, let's start with a "good, bad, and ugly".

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Science Fair: The Same and Different

Science Fair

An occasional column about science news pertaining to autism

Compiled by Robert B. Waltz

It Seems the Good Die Young...

This isn't the original study, but here are two examinations of a report that finds life expectancy for those with autism is much less than for neurotypicals. Apparently, in the study, the median age of death for those with autism is 54 -- sixteen years less than for the general population. For some parts of the autism population, it's even lower. Epilepsy and suicide are among the main reasons cited.

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Science Fair: When You Know One Person With Autism...

Science Fair

An occasional column about science news pertaining to autism

Compiled by Robert B. Waltz

Hide and Seek

This probably files under "Told you so," because we already knew it, but this supplies a minor bit of confirmation: Women with autism are better at hiding it because they're more social.

Commentary: Experts have been saying this for years, so it should come as no surprise. And (as usual) the sample size is not statistically meaningful. But confirmation never hurts.

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