(born 1961) is an individual diagnosed with autism
and an autism researcher. challenging the ethical
and scientific foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis
(ABA)-based autism interventions. She also challenged the medical necessity of ABA for individuals with autism
in the Supreme Court of Canada
in Auton v. British Columbia
, 3 S.C.R. 657. Dawson's work has generated considerable controversy. In the mid 2000s, Michelle Dawson joined Laurent Mottron
's research team.Collier, Roger. "" (). The Ottawa Citizen
. Retrieved: 22 Feb. 2008Wolman, David. "". Wired
. Retrieved: 17 Mar. 2008
Dawson says that most scientists try to determine how autistic brains are broken, but Dawson thinks it would be more useful to try to determine how autistic brains work rather than how they are broken.
She has collaborated with Dr. Laurent Mottron to publish research papers, with Dr. Mottron estimating that Dawson contributes about 20% to the finished product.
- , Dawson's website
- , Dawson's blog