Dr Mitzi Waltz

Missing the signs of abuse: National Autistic Society talk

I would like to share this lecture on an important topic, which I delievered to the National Autistic Society’s conference on safeguarding and autism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxgshGfFLK8 Advertisements

Autism and health disparities

One of the nicest things about my current post is that I’m working in a transdisciplinary department, and that means having the opportunity to look at issues that are interconnected. One that urgently needs addressing is autism and health disparities, as outlined in the 2016 Westminister Autism Commission report: https://westminsterautismcommission.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/ar1011_ncg-autism-report-july-2016.pdf Drawing on research from Sweden […]

Career moves

In 2017 and 2018 I have had the privilege to work with the Athena Institute at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, teaching two courses on disability issues, taking charge of some important departmental reports, supervising student research. So far it has been one of the most enjoyable period of my working life. It has meant learning from […]

When deadly care failings are not ‘shocking,’ but predictable…

The Mazars review reveals shocking failings (well, they should be shocking) at Southern Health, an NHS Trust in which thousands of people with intellectual disabilities and mental ill health have died in recent years (including the son of one of my Disability Studies colleagues). It’s not the first report to highlight the issue. These failings […]

Autism: A basic guide for prison officers

The National Autistic Society has recently published my guide to supporting prisoners with autism spectrum disorders. Currently it’s available to members of the (free) Network Autism site here

Stem cell “treatment” cons and autism

The UK magazine Autism Eye has recently published my feature article about stem cell con operations targeting families of children with autism: https://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/231390619?access_key=key-qJ2qURxSdBCVYlveOtC3&allow_share=true&escape=false&show_recommendations=false&view_mode=scroll It’s hard to believe anyone would take such horrifying and costly risks–but having investigated this world, I think it’s marketing that is the key to this and other autism “treatment” frauds. As […]

Assessment, assessment costs, and the public

In my work as an expert witness I am often asked to assess children or adults who are or may be on the autism spectrum, and who may also have a complex individual picture that includes specific learning difficulties, intellectual disabilities, problems with adaptive function, or additional disabilities. That’s time-consuming, but important so that the […]