After the completed application materials are received, candidates will be scheduled for an intake interview. If the candidate is not a good fit, we will contact the family as soon as possible. At the interview parents will meet with staff to discuss in more detail the goals for their children. The children gather together with other applicants and engage in fun activities led by Aspire staff. Aspire takes great pride in its careful placement of participants into groups with peers that are well-matched for each other. Criteria include: age, interests, communication style, and level of self-awareness. Aspire intake sessions only take place in our Lexington office.
When the High Court reviewed the General Medical Council (GMC) case against the senior author of the Wakefield Lancet paper, Prof John Walker-Smith (Wakefield having been denied funding to appeal) he was completely exonerated. If any of the central charges against Walker-Smith had been upheld he could not have been cleared. If the paper – as alleged by Times newspapers – had been based on a protocol submitted by Wakefield to the Legal Aid Board Walker-Smith could not have been exonerated, if there had been misreporting, if there had been unauthorised or unethical procedures, Walker-Smith could not have been exonerated. The Times got it wrong and the GMC got it wrong (and between them they had arranged to hide the fact that the principle reporter, Brian Deer, was the only author of complaints against Wakefield ).