HBO have a just released a feature length movie about Dr Temple Grandin, a professor of Animal Science at Colorado University who just happens to have autism. Her life story is an incredible one especially considering she grew up in a time when the current thinking was that children with autism should be institutionalised. Temple has single-handedly increased our knowledge of how people with autism see the world and thus has help shape and improve support services and education for those on the spectrum.
The website HBO have set up for this movie has a page for resources about autism and it is here on this page that HBO have made a very poor choice. They have featured a synopsis and a link to the organisation Generation Rescue. For those of you who have no idea who Generation Rescue are they are an organisation who strongly believe that vaccinations cause autism and that children with autism should be detoxed using homeopathy, vitamin B supplements, chelation therapy and other alternative forms of medicine that they call “biomedical treatments”. Some of these treatments like homeopathy are simply a waste of money whilst others like chelation therapy can be extremely dangerous. This is quackery at its finest and doesn’t do anything to help and support kids with autism. Generation Rescue believe that autism is some horrible affliction that children, given the right treatments, can recover from rather than it being a different way of viewing the world. This site, therefore, should not be promoted alongside a movie about Temple Grandin who, whilst accepting the challenges of autism, wouldn’t want to live her life any other way.