The Los Angeles Times highlights a medical intervention, building the story around Chase Brown, a young man who has made recent progress in his struggle with Fragile X:
Great caution is necessary. A pilot study of the use of minocycline for treating regressive autism found negligible clinical improvements.
Minocycline, the medication Chase has been taking for almost eight months, is one of several drugs that might correct — even reverse — many of the brain perturbations of fragile X and several other developmental disorders, including autism.
The medications are still far from proven: Large-scale trials may take several years to complete. But if they live up to their promise without dangerous side effects, they could accomplish what no medication has been able to: cure a genetically based intellectual disability.
The article also touches on neurodiversity:
Not all parents hailed this "ray of hope." Reacting to the news on a blog called Contrarian, Jenn Power, a Canadian mother of twin boys with Down syndrome, echoed the views of many who have been active in promoting the rights of those with intellectual disabilities.
"They do not need a needle in their brain to make them more functional, to help them find their car keys," she wrote. "What they need is a society that values what they have to offer."