Family: Dr. Bernard Rimland was survived by his wife Gloria, and three children (Mark, Paul, and Helen Landalf). Mark Rimland is his oldest son who had one of the earliest diagnosis of early infantile autism and his condition inspired Dr. Bernard Rimland's work with autism.
Katie Burns wrote this documentary on the far reaching effects of Dr. Bernard Rimland's work, particularly as he challenged Bettelheim's theory of Refrigerator Moms causing autism and changed the approach to autism forever.
Leader of Autism Organizations: Dr. Bernard Rimland was the founder of the Autism Society of America, and he also served as the Executive Director of the Autism Research Institute. Both of these organizations continue to play an important role in the autism community. On September 28, 2011 Dr. Stephen M. Edelson was named an Autism Light for his work in succeeding Dr. Bernard Rimland as Executive Director of the Autism Research Institute.
Author: Dr. Bernard Rimland was a prolific writer and penned the following books.
- Infantile Autism (1964)
- Modern Therapies (1976)
- Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD (1998)
- Tired - so Tired!: And the "Yeast Connection" (2001)
- Vaccines, Autism and Childhood Disorders (2003)
- Treating Autism (2003) - Written with Dr. Stephen M. Edelson
- Recovering Autistic Children (2006) Second Edition
Hollywood: Dr. Bernard Rimland served as a consultant to the 1998 movie Rain Man. He helped Dustin Hoffman clarify the traits of autism. See http://www.drbilllong.com/Autism/Rainman.html for more information on that role.
You can find out additional information on Dr. Bernard Rimland at the following websites.
- Tributes to Dr. Rimland at Autism Research Institute Website
- Tribute from Autism Society of America
- Tribute on Adventures in Autism Blog
- Wikipedia Page
- New York Times Obituary
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Photo: The Photo in this post was given for this purpose by a representative of the Autism Research Institute.