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Asperger Syndrome

March 10, 2014

(March 10, 2014) Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, who killed 20 young children and six adults in Newtown, Conn. at Sandy Hook Elementary school, has broken his silence for the first time. 

Peter Lanza spoke with New Yorker writer Andrew Solomon in a series of inteviews for an article published today. In the story, Lanza discusses Adam's diagnosis with Asperger Syndrome, telling Solomon, "Asperger’s makes people unusual, but it doesn’t make people like this."

December 16, 2013

In a recent interview with The Daily Mail, writer and actor Dan Aykroyd discussed his Asperger's diagnosis. In the interview, Aykroyd says his Asperger syndrome contributed to the inspiration for the hit movie Ghostbusters, telling the Daily Mail, "One of my symptoms included my obsession with ghosts and law enforcement -- I carry around a police badge with me, for example. I became obsessed by Hans Holzer, the greatest ghost hunter ever.

December 08, 2013

Boyle, a 52-year-old church volunteer who became a global singing sensation, told Britain's Observer newspaper she had been diagnosed a year ago and spoke of her relief after years of bullying for her learning difficulties.

"It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid," she said.

September 08, 2013

A family finds a medical home in Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network and gladly "gives back" to autism research by becoming part of the network's patient registry. 

By Rachel Nuwer

Autism Speaks offers perspective on new report finding no increased autism risk associated with eating mercury-contaminated fish during pregnancy
July 24, 2013

A new study found no increased risk of autism associated with mothers eating large amounts of mercury-contaminated fish during pregnancy. The researchers tracked the development of children born to Seychelles Islanders, who tend to eat relatively large amounts mercury-contaminated fish. They looked for any link between autism behaviors in the children and mercury levels in the mothers. They found none.