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The world of autism can be confusing, which is why the autism community doesn't need individuals fabricating false information. Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault, both doctors within the autism community, are basing their practices on a condition called Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder — one they claim results from the emotional stress from a relationship with an autistic individual.

While stress may be a reality for some, CADD isn't based on science or research. By promoting CADD without evidence, Attwood and Hénault demonstrate a lack of respect to the concerns of the autism community. The endorsement of CADD allows partners of autistic individuals to use their autism as a scapegoat against them.

Write to Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault asking them to either confirm CADD's existence through tested research or to stop promoting it once and for all.

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Dear Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault,

As two distinguished professionals, it's irresponsible for you to promote a condition or disorder that doesn't have any base in science or research. Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder, you claim, is a condition in which individuals have sustained emotional trauma from a prolonged relationship with someone with autism. While it may be true that autism causes emotional stress, creating a disorder without scientific evidence is dangerous for the autism community.

CADD favors those who are affected by autism by branding them with an uncontrollable condition that is caused by someone with autism. This makes it very difficult for someone with autism to defend themselves in family law cases. They cannot help they have autism, and giving their partners a scapegoat isn't fair. Your actions are unjustly putting those with autism at a disadvantage.

CADD has never been proven or accepted by the medical community as a real disorder. Please stop promoting CADD until you have proven its validity with science and research.

As autism professionals, you should know better.

Sincerely,

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Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
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Oct 11, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Aug 14, 2017 Renella Kendall
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Jul 14, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
May 10, 2017 Michalla Sutton
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Apr 17, 2017 Janet Flatt
Feb 27, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton Wow, "CADD" which I had never read about before, it is just incredibly stupid and unbelievable! How about a syndrome based on dealing with Alzheimer parents (as I have done)...thats pretty stressful! Or a syndrome based on any problematic condition?
Feb 25, 2017 Melissa Mercey
Feb 13, 2017 julian zrnic
Feb 7, 2017 Beverly Folkes
Feb 3, 2017 Anthony Charles
Jan 30, 2017 Brian Le Flem
Jan 25, 2017 Darnie Hibbler-Nelson
Jan 24, 2017 Dr. Connell Walker The time for disrespecting what we don't know about is over. There is so much helpful knowledge about autism around. Speaking for myself, it's always a good choice for me to let learning lead the way.
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 22, 2017 Haley Carriere
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Jan 18, 2017 Paul Williams
Nov 24, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 6, 2016 Kimberly Foster
Nov 2, 2016 Becky Bunch
Oct 25, 2016 Marsha Croner
Oct 13, 2016 Cindy austin
Sep 24, 2016 Sylvia5 Deanda
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Sep 8, 2016 Lauren Amick
Sep 4, 2016 Roxanne Pranger
Sep 1, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Aug 29, 2016 Diane Kehoe No professionals should describe and name disorders that haven't been thoroughly researched and the results accepted and published by reputable journals in the field.
Aug 17, 2016 (Name not displayed) Stop doing this because it's affecting our children and thousands of other children and keeping them from getting the much needed help that they deserve
Aug 9, 2016 carlos felix
Aug 3, 2016 Linda Franks
Aug 3, 2016 SAKSHI GURUNG
Jul 14, 2016 Kris Wildman
Jun 26, 2016 Natalie Bieniarz
Jun 26, 2016 Jessica Robinson
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Jun 10, 2016 Patricia Hilton Please except our children. They are great kids if you just give them a chance.
Jun 5, 2016 Sarah Gray Oh, now the normals are trying to blame US for their own neuroses!
Jun 4, 2016 Ashley Waller
Jun 3, 2016 AniMae Chi

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