Conservatives should be allergic to down syndrome advocacy, writes Mark Steyn.
They should be wary of the idea that all-too-familiar media coverage of the disorder could prompt them to seek help.
That was the view of Dr. Kevin Egan, a psychologist at the University of Iowa.
“I don’t think there is any doubt that it has been a big part of the mainstream media for years,” he told me.
Egan said he saw many cases in the media, and he had no idea the numbers were so high.
He said his patients were often told that “all those stories about all the people with Down syndrome are lies, that’s what’s wrong with our society.”
Dr. Egan told me that he saw patients come to him with similar stories about their fears that they were being bullied.
They were scared, he said, of being ostracized or of losing their job.
His clients were scared because they were afraid to be honest.
When the news media did begin to report on the disorder, it wasn’t about “all these stories that are all-bust, all-over the map,” he said.
“It was all about a couple of young guys who were having trouble finding work.
It was all a bit of a conspiracy.
I think that was one of the major reasons that there was a very high incidence of autism in the 1960s and 1970s.”
Eagens parents were among the first to receive an award for his work, given to him by the American Association for Autism Research, for his study of children with autism and their families.
It’s not that there were no positive outcomes for children with Down Syndrome in the study.
There were, but not as high as one might think.
More than a quarter of the families in the sample had no functioning autism.
They had a median age of 3.5, and the average IQ for them was only 86, compared with 92 for children who had normal intelligence.
Still, the researchers wrote, “We are aware that many of the children were identified as having a disability that would make their diagnosis of Down syndrome unacceptably burdensome and that they are now adults with the disabilities they experienced when they were younger.”
In fact, the study did find that about half of the Down Syndrome families were able to have children of their own, and a few had children with “significantly enhanced abilities” like the autism.
In the first half of 2018, the number of children who were identified with autism doubled in Iowa.
In a statement to The Associated Press, the Iowa Department of Health said the increase was “due to an increase in the number and variety of reports from the Iowa Autism Network.”
The increase is a testament to how the data is collected, and it highlights how important it is for people to get involved in research, the statement said.
There is also some evidence that the autism community is beginning to be more open about its own work.
A study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry on July 6 found that parents of children diagnosed with autism had “a higher proportion of positive statements in their social skills.”
A number of recent studies have shown that the more autistic a child is, the more likely he or she is to have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
The AP also reported that a recent study in the journal Autism Research found that children who are diagnosed with a diagnosis have more severe autism symptoms.
The new study suggests that autism is a spectrum disorder, which means it involves some of the same symptoms as other conditions, but has its own set of symptoms and characteristics.
It also found that there are “substantial differences” in how different populations react to the same autism symptoms, such as “inappropriate social responsiveness,” which is not seen in people with other autism disorders.
Autism is a diagnosis made when a person is born with autism, but some people with the disorder do not have the condition.
One of the first cases of autism, known as Asperger’s syndrome, was first identified in 1952.
Dr James D. Schaffner, an autism expert at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said autism is one of those disorders that is “underdiagnosed” and under-studied.
Discovery of autism as a disorder has been going on for a while, he added.
Schaffner is one who has had a lot of success in helping people find their diagnosis, especially when it comes to parents of kids with autism.
He has treated more than 100 families and said that there is often a reluctance to ask parents about the condition of their children.
He said that sometimes parents will try to hide it from their children, even though they may not know that the child has autism.
“It’s like the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ rule,” Schaffners told me in an interview.
“We all know it’s wrong.”