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The Misbehaviour of Behaviourists - Michelle Dawson

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Michelle Dawson
02-11-2016
12:00 PM ET (US)
For those interested, I've added a few updates to my post about autism and assisted dying, see the comments http://autismcrisis.blogspot.ca/2015/12/no...assisted-dying.html which include a link to the panel's report and some musing about the notorious notwithstanding clause, which it seems ASAN wants to invoke.

There is also a new autism-relevant paper on assisted dying for "psychiatric reasons" in the Netherlands http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2491354 (open access). My related tweet is here https://twitter.com/autismcrisis/status/697759587311734784
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Michelle Dawson
01-27-2016
12:46 AM ET (US)
Alex's excellent 2015 running highlights http://therunman.blogspot.ca/2016/01/my-20...ing-highlights.html including the Boston marathon. Great photos as usual.

At a much slower, totally plodding level, this recent big-N study http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-016-2704-x addressed the main point we made in a letter published in 2012 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-012-1628-3 In fact that main point was first expressed in a tweet https://twitter.com/autismcrisis/status/181848260502224898

And the new study supports that main point: self-injury in autism is still largely unexplained by the most strongly suspected factors ("These results reiterate criticisms cited by Forgeot d’Arc et al."). This is in great contrast to popular assumptions that self-injury in autism is easily predicted by autism "severity" or measured intelligence or verbal abilities and the like.

Of course it's also possible we still have no idea how to define and/or assess self-injury, "severity", intelligence, verbal abilities, and so on, in autism. In any case, things are far more complicated than is usually claimed.
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Michelle Dawson
12-25-2015
09:50 PM ET (US)
Happy Christmas and holidays and all the best for the new year to everyone.

Here are lighthouses from all around the world http://www.theguardian.com/community/ng-in...es-around-the-world
Edited 12-25-2015 11:10 PM
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jypsy
12-10-2015
01:50 PM ET (US)
Congratulations Michelle,

Hope you are having a good day today.

Thank you ..... !
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Michelle Dawson
12-08-2015
05:25 PM ET (US)
"To mark the 40th anniversary of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse will honour 40 individuals committed to the daily struggle for the advancement of human rights."

That's from a press release http://www.cdpdj.qc.ca/en/medias/Pages/Com...e.aspx?showItem=700

French press release is here http://www.cdpdj.qc.ca/fr/medias/Pages/Com...e.aspx?showItem=700

The website is here http://40ansdelacharte.org/

And I'm one of the 40 http://40ansdelacharte.org/ambassadeur-fr-48-Michelle_Dawson

Can retire now for sure! Or maybe not.
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Mark kent
12-08-2015
01:10 AM ET (US)
my blog

http://mark-kent.webs.com

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Michelle Dawson
12-07-2015
09:39 PM ET (US)
And forgot to mention, wrtAUTISM has a new look http://withrespecttoautism.blogspot.ca/ The redesign, if that's the right term, was not 100% intentional. *sigh*. But it's still there and you can still use it to keep up on (idiosyncratic) autism-relevant blogs.
Edited 12-07-2015 09:40 PM
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Michelle Dawson
12-07-2015
09:22 PM ET (US)
Very sorry about the spam (the deleted messages) and for my usual slowness in getting caught up.

Mark, thank you for the link to your site. The site for Laurent's group, with which I collaborate, is here http://www.lnc-autisme.umontreal.ca/default.aspx (in French). "Pour nous joindre" has address info, so do all our papers (here https://scholar.google.ca/citations?hl=en&user=KEZhoqYAAAAJ or here http://www.sentex.net/~nexus23/cv.html ).

Thanks so much for the kind words, HAAA. I've found Twitter more productive than blogging, for science communication. And I think all researchers have a responsibility to communicate about research to other researchers (in any field) and to everyone else. This is harder to do in autism than it should be, all the more so for an off-message autistic who is a slow plodding writer to boot. But am doing my best.
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HappyAspieAngry Aspie
12-04-2015
08:19 PM ET (US)
Great encouragement that you are back in action on the pages of The Autism Crisis. This will inspire and motivate not just Autistics but all friends and allies as well. I am motivated to return from my brief retirement as an activist, and to resume working for the benefit of Autistics, and all who suffer from the label of disability.
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Mark kent
12-02-2015
02:52 PM ET (US)
my blog http://mark-kent.webs.com

what is your university address michelle


          mark

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Michelle Dawson
12-02-2015
01:52 AM ET (US)
Notes on autism and assisted dying http://autismcrisis.blogspot.ca/2015/12/no...assisted-dying.html

New post (first since 2012!) at The Autism Crisis. How I came to write it is explained in the post.
Edited 12-02-2015 02:12 AM
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Michelle Dawson
10-01-2015
02:49 PM ET (US)
Autistica asked me to write something for their blog series on what history can tell us about the future of autism research.

Here's the post http://www.autistica.org.uk/autism-history-dawson/ and here's how it ends:

"It is remarkable that while alarming claims about “costs of autism” are everywhere, there has been no concern whatsoever about the high costs, at every level, of autism-specific low standards. What is the way forward? We should listen to what history tells us. We should stop segregating autistics from the basic rights and standards everyone else can take for granted. Then we can see what else is needed."
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Michelle Dawson
09-22-2015
02:26 AM ET (US)
Also just noticed, future IMFARs, now all the way to 2020! http://www.autism-insar.org/events/event-future

In 2019 it is in Montreal--again. IMFAR was here in 2006.

And in 2020 it's Seattle--again. IMFAR was in Seattle in 2007.

The other city which has had 2 IMFARs is San Diego, which held the first ever IMFAR in 2001 (back when I was delivering mail), then the 10th anniversary IMFAR in 2011 which I attended
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