Updated WHO factsheet on autism / by Erich Kofmel

In April 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its factsheet on autism spectrum disorders that is supposed to provide key facts, data, and information on epidemiology, assessment, and management, social and economic impacts, as well as other related resources. While speaking of the human rights of autistic persons, they continue to undermine our human rights by using stigmatizing language such as "disorder" and "burden" and recommending early intervention and behavioural treatment (i.e. normalization, Applied Behaviour Analysis/ABA). The parent skills training programme they mention repeatedly was developed in collaboration with controversial US charity Autism Speaks, but without any input from actually autistic people.