Does growing awareness really improve lives of people with autism?

10/12/2009 | Times (London) (subscription required), The

Increased awareness about autism may have alleviated the stigma once associated with the condition, but it may also be trivializing its impact on the lives of those who have the condition, writes British physician Michael Fitzpatrick, whose son has autism. In this opinion piece, Fitzpatrick argues that a growing cultural fascination with autism -- seen more and more in movies, television and novels -- has done nothing to help people with autism cope with the realities of their disease.

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