National Autism: Awareness Month


There were several mistakes in the article, “National Autism Awareness Month,” that appeared in the last issue of the Navigator. The writer and editors apologize for misrepresenting autism and misleading our readers. 

First, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders. The writer wrote about the disorder as if all levels were the same.

Second, people do not contract autism. Scientists aren’t certain about what causes ASD, but it’s likely that both genetics and environment play a role. 

Additionally, people with autism are rarely psychotic and therefore are rarely treated with antipsychotics.

Finally, we apologize for the overall negative tone of the article.