By Kim Stagliano
Alison Singer, formerly Executive Director and once the darling of Autism Speaks, (now with Dr. Paul Offit's vaccine protection organization using children with autism as human shields) signed onto the following open letter to Autism Speaks asking them to rethink their stance on vaccinations. Perhaps she forgets Suzanne Wright's statement back in 2006? (See video below.)
Have you seen the AS Wiki page? "Autism Speaks believes that vaccines have been shown to be safe for the vast majority of children, and that vaccines are important for preventing serious diseases such as measles and mumps." I don't think J.B. Handley wrote that, do you? Maybe someone still has a set of keys to the AS Rolls Royce.
We have three words for Ms. Singer, Dr. Offit and their ringmates: Twenty. Million. Dollars.
Letter Urges Autism Speaks to Correct Website Statement Regarding Autism and Vaccines
(September 10, 2010—New York, NY) —The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced that it has signed on to an open letter written by the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) to Autism Speaks, calling for Autism Speaks to revise statements posted on its website regarding autism and vaccines to bring them more in line with current science.
On its website, Autism Speaks writes, “Several epidemiological studies have explored whether either the MMR vaccine or thimerosal, a preservative previously used in vaccines, are linked to autism, and these studies have not supported a link. But these studies were not designed to identify effects in a small population of potentially vulnerable children due to rare genetic and/or medical conditions.”
The letter from ASAT asks Autism Speaks to correct its website, specifically where Autism Speaks suggests there is a credible scientific rationale for a “vulnerable population” hypothesis, the implication being that there is a group of children for whom vaccines may cause autism. No data yet exist that support a “vulnerable population” hypothesis; it is entirely theoretical. Moreover, because no criteria are offered by which a parent can determine whether his/her child is in this supposed “vulnerable population”, some parents may assume his/her child is in the risk group, and may then choose to withhold potentially life-saving vaccinations.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her Kimoir, All I Can Handle; I'm No Mother Teresa (A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism) debuts November 1st from Skyhorse Publishing. Visit her website: Kim Stagliano.