Bernard Rimland

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"A research psychologist, Dr. Rimland studied the relationship between nutrition and retardation, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, delinquency and, primarily, autism since the mid-1960’s. He was the director of the Autism Research Institute, editor of the Autism Research Review International, and founder of the Autism Society of America. His book Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior is credited with dramatically altering the field of psychiatry with the recognition that autism is a biological disorder, not an emotional illness. Dr. Rimland served as the chief technical advisor for the Academy-award winning film Rainman.

"Dr. Rimland was awarded NAA’s Pioneer Award at our first National Autism Conference, he passed away soon after. Dr. Rimland’s presence is and always will be missed in the autism community." [1]

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  1. National Autism Association Honorary Board Members, accessed Febuary 11, 2020.