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That Shouldn't Happen: The Just World Fallacy and Autism

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Heaviness: Euthanasia For Expediency

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Instructor of English and psychology and mother to three on the autism spectrum.

Writer of the site countering.us (where most of these articles will have first appeared) and co-administrator

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One of the things that gets bandied about with regular frequency is the proportion of severely impaired individuals on the spectrum and the accompanying rates of ID.

There's a tremendous amount of research literature that does not make it into public consumption. Coupling this lack of trickle down with a voracious need to feel certainty where none may exist, many parents faced with an autism diagnosis will gravitate towards those individuals who offer the certainty they are seeking. They find this certainty, these assurances, not with mainstream medicine or psychology, but with alternative medicine and snake oil salesman who offer guarantees that cannot be delivered on.