Report on the 11th Autism-Europe International Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland

The 11th Autism-Europe International Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland I returned last week from the 11th Autism-Europe International Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. Autism Europe's congresses are held every three years and this year the event was hosted by one of the worlds oldest and most respected autism associations, the National Autistic Society - UK.  The theme of the three-day event was “Happy, Healthy and Empowered”. Professionals came from 60 countries to share the most recent developments in diagnosis, early intervention, assistive technology, education, support, employment ... Read more

A History of Diagnosing Autism

A History of Diagnosing Autism Autistic people have always been a part of human society. Uta Frith’s analysis of the depositions of 29 witnesses in the case of Hugh Blair, son of a Scottish landowner, who in 1747 appeared in an Edinburgh court for a decision on his mental capacity argues that Blair was autistic. John Haslam published “Observations on Madness and Melancholy” in 1809 where he describes a boy with many of the classical traits of autism.     Autism comes from the Greek ... Read more