Bernard Rimland | (November 15, 1928 – November 21, 2006) | An American research psychologist, writer, lecturer, and influential person in the field of developmental disorders. Rimland’s first book, Infantile Autism, sparked by the birth of a son who had autism, was instrumental in changing attitudes toward the disorder.
He promoted several since disproven theories about the causes and treatment of autism, including vaccine denial, facilitated communication, chelation therapy, and false claims of a link between secretin and autism.
He also supported the ethically controversial practice of using aversives on autistic children, and was one caught misquoting colleagues to make it seem as though they were in favor of his position when they were not. (via Wikipedia)