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His name was Bernie Rimland, PhD. He had something to say about the terrible misconceptions concerning autism. In 1956 his wife gave birth to an autistic child and Rimland embarked on a mission to disprove the popular concept blaming Mom. “Rimland’s goal was to produce a document that would examine the refrigerator-mother theory as scientifically as possible.”
” It was not even a close call . As soon as Rimland began testing out a few basic facts about the world’s known population of autistic children, the mother blaming concept completely collapsed. ”
Your heart will break as you read of autistic children institutionalized, some for life. You also read of ordinary mother and father heroes who refused the status-quo.
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