The First Dads of Autism: Life Lessons and Early Patterns from the Leo Kanner’s First 11 Fathers

Interesting patterns of father’s experiences in autism were set at the outset of the Age of Autism and have included abandonment, avoidance, anger and advocacy. Taking a historical perspective on the first fathers of the autism epidemic, this discussion will reflect on the lessons for the fathers in the epidemic period of autism.

Mark Blaxill, MBA

Mark Blaxill is the father of a daughter diagnosed with autism, Chairman and co-founder of the Canary Party, editor at large for Age of Autism, a director of SafeMinds and a frequent speaker at autism conferences. He has authored a number of scientific publications on autism. He received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public/International Affairs at Princeton University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He co-authored a book with Dan Olmsted, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Man-made Epidemic (Thomas Dunne, 2010).