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"Fourteen Studies" Presented by Generation Rescue at Autism One

Fourteen studies Autism One begins this week in Chicago. Dan, Mark and I look forward to meeting you. Our sponsor Generation Rescue is presenting their Fourteen Studies throughout the day on Saturday. Thanks to Julie Obradovic, Mother Warrior herself, for her time. 

Many people and organizations claim the "science" published thus far allegedly looking at the relationship between vaccines and autism is both qualitatively and quantitatively conclusive. Often the studies to which they refer are cited in books, articles, and medical literature as proof that vaccines don't cause autism, and they are used as an excuse for why research money would be better spent elsewhere. A closer look at this "science" and the authors behind it, however, demonstrates profound conflicts of interest, a substantially inadequate methodology for identifying susceptible subgroups, and a complete lack of an authentic control group. Has the issue been investigated in an honest, objective, and thorough manner? This presentation will simply put forth the facts and let you decide. For anyone who has ever faced an unpleasant pediatrician's meeting when presented with methodologically flawed studies or those who would like to be prepared in advance, this presentation is for you.

Speaker: Julie Obradovic

Time:  60 minutes, throughout the day Saturday

Location: Wells Room, Lower Level

Congratulations to Autism Votes for Getting CT Insurance Passed in Senate

Ct Looks like we're a giant step closer to insurance coverage for autism here in Connecticut. Thank you to the folks at Autism Votes for their hard work.
Help for kids with autism advances (HERE)
By Ken Dixon
The Connecticut Post
Updated: 05/15/2009 04:12:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD -- Health-insurance companies would be required to cover the costs of diagnosis and critical therapies for children with the spectrum of autism than affects one in 115 kids in Connecticut, under legislation that was approved Friday afternoon in the Senate.

The bill, which passed 35-0 after about 45 minutes of debate, next moves to the House. If it becomes law, Connecticut would become the 10th state to mandate insurance coverage, including board-certified behavioral analysis and treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

The legislation would cost about $1.2 million in additional insurance premiums a year, but could save the state that much money per autistic person over the years between age 3 and 55.

"There are times when children don't have a chance to get up at bat and it's extremely painful for our families," said Sen. Joseph J. Crisco Jr., D-Woodbridge. "I personally feel that the parents and grandparents and loved ones of these children are the true heroes, 24 hours a day and all they're asking for is an opportunity, an opportunity to live a better life."


The Maine Event: CDC and DHHS Host Groundbreaking Autism Conference for Doctors

Progress By Ginger Taylor, MS

On Tuesday, May 12th in Augusta Maine, the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Department of Health & Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics - Maine Chapter, the Maine Medical Association, the Maine Osteopathic Association, the Maine Emergency Medical Services, the Autism Society of Maine, the Downeast Association of Physician Assistants, national figures in autism research, causation and treatment, state developmental pediatricians, state DAN physicians, biomed parents, non biomed parents, and autism treatment and therapy providers of all kinds met to do something that has never been done before in this country.

Listen to one another.

Maine has always been one of the most progressive and no nonsense states in the US, and they proved it again this week by casting aside the fear of what might happen if we talk openly about even the most difficult of all the autism issues to forge new ground and dare to initiate new partnerships in serving people with autism.

THIS is the conference I have been waiting for.

THIS is what should have been happening all along.

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Doctors Writing Books, Making False Promises and Fudging Data for Profit

Kuklo Yesterday, the New York Times confirmed HERE that physicians have been known to publish studies that lie, and write books with the goal of affecting medical commerce.  By doing so, they can dupe patients into accepting medical care that is not proven safe or effective. Dr. Timothy Kuklo took advantage of US soldiers. That's pretty bad. Almost as bad as taking advantage of infants and children, don't you agree?

A former surgeon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, who is a paid consultant for a medical company, published a study that made false claims and overstated the benefits of the company’s product in treating soldiers severely injured in Iraq, the hospital’s commander said Tuesday.

During his time at Walter Reed Dr. Kuklo was extensively involved in research and writing about various Medtronic products, including editing two books published by the company and conducting three studies that were approved by his Army superiors, according to his list of publications and an Army report.

Comments Due Today: Support Researching the Health of Unvaccinated Children!

Little scruples Reminder: Comments in Support of Vax/Unvax Research Program and Other Gaps in Vaccine Safety Science are due by 5:00 EDT on Wednesday, and should be submitted electronically to  Written responses should be addressed to National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 715-H, Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Vaccine Safety RFI. 

By Jim Moody, Esq.

The Vaccine Safety Working Group (VSWG HERE) of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee released its draft report HERE on April 14 making 17 general and 15 specific research recommendations to improve vaccine safety research at CDC.  Although written in polite bureaucrat-eze, the report is a stunning denunciation of poorly performing and inadequate CDC five-year vaccine safety research agenda HERE conducted by CDC’s Immunization Safety Office (ISO).  CDC conceded on page 33 that “[u]sually simultaneous vaccination is incompletely studied at time of licensure.”  The draft agenda also admitted on page 17: “Little is known about the immune gene expression changes that occur after vaccination; even less is known about immune genes expressed during an [adverse event following immunization].”

The last Action Alert was posted on AoA on March 13 HERE.  This described progress so far, emphasizing the work of a “writing group” that met in Salt Lake City composed of stakeholders on all sides of the vaccine safety issue that had recommended (HERE) a comprehensive program of human and animal research centered on an examination of the acute and chronic health outcomes of unvaccinated children to establish baseline data against which adverse events following immunization (AEFI’s) could be measured.  The VSWG draft report adopted this recommendation. 

This is by far the most important recommendation coming from the senior vaccine advisory committee as it is a recognition of this crucial gap in safety science.  The 1986 Congressional mandate for safer vaccines set forth in Section 27 of VICA simply cannot be carried out without adequate baseline data on the health of unvaccinated children. 

Comments on the draft report are due Wednesday and should strongly support this recommendation.  Commenters may also want to stress that CDC is completely conflicted and inadequate to properly conduct vaccine safety research. 

It is impossible for CDC to be both lead vaccine cheerleader and, at the same time, adequately evaluate vaccine safety.  For further information on the need for an independent Vaccine Safety Commission to implement a “safety first” agenda, see the comments HERE filed in the related proceeding to evaluate the draft National Vaccine Plan by Safeminds (endorsed by Autism Action Network, Autism One, National Autism Association, Talk About Curing Autism, and US Autism and Asperger Association).

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A of A Contest: Win Rupert Isaacson's The Horse Boy Audio Book from Hachette

HORSE_BOY Congratulations to Curtis Buxton, Anne Shaw and Diane P.!

We have three copies of the audio book version of The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson, courtesy of Hachette Books.   Read by Rupert himself (imagine hearing the tale in Dad's own voice!), you'll receive nine CD's to enjoy at home or in the car. You can download them into an mp3 file to listen on your iPod as well.

THE CONTEST IS CLOSED. You can buy a copy of the hardcover or audio book at THESE locations.

When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

THE HORSE BOY is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure. In Mongolia, the family found undreamed of landscapes and people, unbearable setbacks, and advances beyond their wildest dreams. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story--of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.


Meet the Editors of Age of Autism at Autism One

Rapt Managing Editor's Note: This announcement is from our friends at Autism One. I'm eager to meet Abdulkadir and to introduce him to you. See you there! (We have some surprises.)

Saturday, May 23, 1:45 - 2:35 pm

Location: Executive Forum

Age of Autism’s most recent addition to the AoA team, Abdulkadir Khalif, will be joining Dan Olmsted, Mark Blaxill and Kim Stagliano for an interactive presentation of how Age of Autism has become a media leader in presenting the issues important to the biomedical autism community, with more than 2,100,000 visits. You’ll also learn how you can participate as a contributor to the site. A special feature of this presentation will be when Abdulkadir Khalif and Hodan Hassan of the Minnesota Somali community join Dan, Mark, and Kim to describe the high ratio of autism in the Minnesota Somali community and what has - or has not - been done. This is just exactly the type of up-to-the-minute relevant reporting that Age of Autism provides.

Autistic Children in Oklahoma Deserve Insurance Coverage: Nick's Law

Nicks law Managing Editor's Note: Wayne and Robin Rohde sent this letter to the editor to several newspapers across Oklahoma in an effort to pass Nick's Law for autism insurance coverage.  Take a look at Nick.  Tell that beautiful boy his life isn't worth the cost of insurance coverage. Then prepare to take care of him for the rest of his life to the tune of millions of dollars. Don't be pennywise and lifetime foolish voters.

Dear Editor:

As the parents who have been at the forefront in trying to obtain healthcare coverage for the 6,500 children in our state with autism and who helped write Nick’s Law, we would like to set the record straight on this legislation.

Autism is a medical condition. It not only affects the child’s ability to speak, socialize and process information, but in many children, severe gastrointestinal issues, the central nervous system and the immune system are compromised.

Autism’s symptoms can be very mild to very severe. Autism is treatable and with treatment, many children can lose the autism diagnosis. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism. The CDC has reported a utism is more prevalent than all pediatric cancers, diabetes and Aids, combined. In Oklahoma we lose a child a day to autism (450-500 year).

Nick’s Law requires private insurance companies to cover medically necessary and clinically proven medical treatments for children who have been diagnosed with autism by a licensed healthcare professional. Self-insured and federal employers are not required to abide by Nick’s Law. Small business owners may choose to opt out of coverage under Nick’s Law.

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The Doctors TV: Jenny McCarthy and JB Handley on Autism

The doctors Tune in to The Doctor's (HERE) today to watch Jenny McCarthy and J.B. Handley (co-founder of Generation Rescue) discuss autism.  Click HERE to find your local listings.

Watch Part One HERE.

Watch Part Two HERE.

Watch a Web Exclusive w/ Dr. Kartzinel HERE.

Autism One Radio Presents Linderman Live with Polly Tommey Today

Autism one radio Special on Autism One Radio
Tuesday, May 5

Special Time
3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Curt Linderman
Linderman LIVE!

Guests:  Polly Tommey, Jim Moody Esq, Dr. Carol Stott, and Rosemary Kessick.

Following Polly Tommey's widely publicized campaign to meet with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the government's approach to autism remains a puzzle in the United Kingdom.  The personal letter sent to Polly by Mr. Brown alongside a flurry of recent announcements and statements issued promised much; however, action to make a difference continues, as in many other countries, to be frustratingly slow and activity seems uncoordinated across government departments.

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Autism One Conference: Residential Think Tank

Picket fence The NYT referred to AUTISM ONE  as an "anti-vaccine conference."  Idiots.  Check out the Residential Think Tank on Friday, May 22 at Autism One in Chicago. Thank you, Autism One, for acknowledging the needs of families affected by autism.

"Join us as we come together for the common cause of developing a plan of action to provide humane and considerate environments that are safe and provide the quality of life our loved ones deserve." 

Friday, May 22:  8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Are you concerned about what will happen to your child if they are not recovered by the time they age out of state-provided services?  We are, too. Join in on a residential think tank with steering committee members of the Autism Human Rights and Discrimination Initiative and others who are working on a safe, fulfilling future and residential solutions. Panelists include Mika Bradford, CN; Krysti DeZonia, EdD; Lark Eshleman, PhD; Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA; Sonja Hintz, RN (moderator); Oliver Jones, chairman of The Autism Trust; Cheryl Kilmer, CEO of TERI, Inc.; Jackie Marquette, PhD; Melissa Olive, PhD, BCBA; Rick Rollens, Calif. Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism; award-winning author Chantal Sicile-Kira; Polly Tommey, founder of The Autism Trust; and Terri Williams, MBA.

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Thank You Angela Moore Jewelry for the Autism Awareness Collection

Angela moore bracelet2 Congrats to MT, who won the Angela Moore hair tie.

We'd like to thank our friends at Angela Moore jewelry, who generously donated four items from their Autism Awareness Collection to Age of Autism.  We gave away one item each week in April. 

The Angela Moore "Autism Awareness" collection was created to help increase awareness in the treatment and understanding of autism.  15% of the proceeds from this collection are donated to the Autism Society of America including The Rimland Center.

What great gifts for Mom, Dad (don't forget the necktie for Father's day!) teachers and therapists as the school year draws to a close.   Go to Angela Moore to start shopping! 

Meet Dustin Nunn, Author, Cartoonist, Adult with Autism

Dustin and book We're happy to introduce you to Dustin Nunn, a twenty year old author and cartoonist in Marietta, Ohio who also happens to be an adult with autism.  A loyal A of A reader (shout out to AK!) sent us a link to Dustin's site. We hope you'll buy a copy of his book HEREYou see, at Age of Autism, "awareness" didn't end on April 30th, nor does support within our community.

Here's what Dustin says about himself, "When I was born, not only was I born with a talented gift of drawing, I was born with autism and I am a slow learner at things. I like playing video games, surf around on YouTube, and spend time with family and friends. I don’t play video games as much because I like to stick with my artwork."

Check out his site Dustin and Darling here.  There's a news clip video below where you can see Dustin and his wonderful, supportive parents.

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Swine Flu, Part 2 – Media’s Vaccine Injury Dichotomy

Safety first By Nancy Hokkanen

The specter of swine flu has commanded international attention, and media coverage already has saturated our minds. Each day brings new revelations regarding this disease’s source, spread and treatment. If you Google “Swine Flu” you’ll get 200,000,000 hits.

Infectious disease creates an uneasy intersection of the public and the personal. People who’ve suffered a vaccine injury, or have family members that did, are watching quite cautiously as government, industry and the medical community respond with policies that affect their loved ones, and billions more.

Quite predictably the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is finding itself haunted by the ghost of vaccines past, as many consumers are old enough to remember a previous flu epidemic whose public health response is frequently described as a debacle. This week National Public Radio ran a 3:47 segment titled “Lessons From 1976 Flu Vaccinations.” The report on All Things Considered stated that the swine flu immunization campaign eventually became “seen by some as a dangerous overreaction... harmful side effects from the vaccine did appear.” (HERE)

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CT Rally for Autism Insurance Reform

Insurance money RALLY 5/1/2009

This is our day to speak on behalf of families in Connecticut who are dealing with the challenges of autism…

WHAT: Rally in support of the Senate Bill 301 Autism Insurance Reform Bill

WHEN: Friday, May 1st at 10:00 am

WHERE: North Steps of the State Capitol Building, Hartford, CT

WHO: Senator Jonathan Harris, Senator Majority Leader Martin Looney,
Speaker of the House Chris Donovan and hundreds of autism advocates
and supporters.

DETAILS: People are urged to invite their legislators to the rally and are also encouraged to meet with them after the rally and urge them to vote in favor of SB 301.

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11/4/79 60 Minutes Episode Exposed Swine Flu Vaccine Injuries, Lack of Safety

Swine flu shot By Kim Stagliano

Read this transcript from a 1979 episode of 60 Minutes where Mike Wallace talks to President Ford, Judy Roberts (injured by the 1976 swine flu vaccine, paralyzed similar to Gardasil injury) Dr. David Sencer and others about the Swine Flu vaccine of 1976. Note the admitted lack of safety and informed consent to the public, even as TV ads frightened American citizens into getting a shot. Think anything has changed today?

60 MINUTES, Sunday Nov 4, 1979


MIKE WALLACE: The flu season is upon us. Which type will we worry about this year, and what kind of shots will we be told to take? Remember the swine flu scare of 1976? That was the year the U.S. government told us all that swine flu could turn out to be a killer that could spread across the nation, and Washington decided that every man, woman and child in the nation should get a shot to prevent a nation-wide outbreak, a pandemic.

Well 46 million of us obediently took the shot, and now 4,000 Americans are claiming damages from Uncle Sam amounting to three and a half billion dollars because of what happened when they took that shot. By far the greatest number of the claims - two thirds of them are for neurological damage, or even death, allegedly triggered by the flu shot.

We pick up the story back in 1976, when the threat posed by the swine flu virus seemed very real indeed.

PRESIDENT GERALD FORD; This virus was the cause of a pandemic in 1918 and 1919 that resulted in over half a million deaths in the United States, as well as 20 million deaths around the world.

WALLACE: Thus the U.S. government's publicity machine was cranked into action to urge all America to protect itself against the swine flu menace. (Excerpt from TV commercial urging everyone to get a swine flu shot.) One of those who did roll up her sleeve was Judy Roberts. She was perfectly healthy, an active woman, when, in November of 1976, she took her shot. Two weeks later, she says, she began to feel a numbness starting up her legs.

JUDY ROBERTS: And I joked about it at that time. I said I'll be numb to the knees by Friday if this keeps up. By the following week, I was totally paralyzed.

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A of A Contest: Angela Moore Autism Awareness Hair Tie

Angela Moore Hair tie The Winner of the necklace and pendant is S. Sanford. Congrats! 

Our friends at Angela Moore have generously donated four items from their Autism Awareness Collection to Age of Autism.  We'll be giving away one item each week in April! The Angela Moore "Autism Awareness" collection was created to help increase awareness in the treatment and understanding of autism.  15% of the proceeds from this collection are donated to the Autism Society of America including The Rimland Center.

For ponytails or pigtails, you'll tie things up perfectly with this Angela Moore double bead hair tie.  Leave a comment to enter. (If you've any trouble commenting email

Chantal Sicile-Kira on HuffPo: Autism South of the Border

Mexclinic2 Click HERE to read and comment on Chantal Sicile-Kira's post on HuffPo.

Autism knows no geographical boundaries, so in honor of World Autism Awareness Day, I decide to head south of the border instead of attending awareness events in the United States. When I arrive in Puerto Vallarta, Bryan McAllister is waiting for me at the airport. I have come to spend a week with Kerri Rivera, director of the AutismO2 clinic, the only place in Mexico that offers biomedical and behavioral treatment - and hope - to Mexican families impacted by autism.

Google and Autism Society of America (Boulder) Announce Project Spectrum

Spectrum basement Managing Editor's Note: Congratulations to SafeMinds President Theresa Wrangham on Project Spectrum. In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, Google is recognizing Project Spectrum on the Google home page. Click HERE for your FREE DOWNLOAD!

By Theresa Wrangham

Four and half years ago my best friend Sue Thomas and I gave an Autism 101 presentation to a local software company who had called our ASA chapter to ask why children with autism liked their software program - SketchUp.   After looking at SketchUp, it was clear that this 3D modeling software used by architects, engineers, game developers and other design professionals played to the visual and spatial strengths of people on the spectrum.  These humble beginnings led to so much more for children with autism.  Following our presentation, we were amazed to learn that employees wanted to donate their time to work with our chapter to understand the needs of our children and they ultimately created "Project Spectrum" (HERE)

Along the way, this company was acquired by Google, which supported the continued efforts to introduce SketchUp to children with autism. 

Today Project Spectrum is an ongoing initiative at Google working to provide people on the autism spectrum with software and guidance that may help them to express an idea or even develop a life skill, and the Boulder, Colorado chapter of the Autism Society of America  continues to act as a resource for Project Spectrum.   It was especially inspiring to our chapter that when the program was officially launched in 2007 and teachers from across the globe sent comments about how excited they were by the potential of this free educational tool. 

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Grant Helps Parents Attend S. Carolina Hope For Autism Conference & Vaccine Risk Symposium

Charleston From Dr. Renee Tocco, We have had the blessing of being the beneficiary of a financial gift given to us for the purpose of helping parents come to the Hope For Autism Conference and the 2009 International Vaccine Risk Symposium, May 15 - 17 in Charleston, SC.

We will give the half price tickets to the first 50 people that email or call and mention being a recipient of this donation.  You may call 843-766-1969 or email . Please see for all conference details.

This conference features David Kirby, Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, Dr. William Shaw and Dr. Andrew Moulden of Canada.  In case you aren't familiar with Dr. Moulden, he is featured in a new DVD on vaccine safety.  Here's more:

Do vaccines cause injury including Autism? 

Dr. Andrew Moulden, says yes, absolutely, and discusses his findings in a video interview.

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A of A Contest: Danson: The Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child’s Innermost Thoughts and Feelings

Danson_Cvr Congrats to Shay West who won Autism's Hidden Blessings by Kelly Langston (HERE.)

Leave a comment to win one of two signed copies of a new book by Michele Pierce Burns, Danson: The Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child’s Innermost Thoughts and Feelings. Read more at her website, Danson's Book (Click HERE to purchase a copy from Amazon.) 

"Danson is 9-years old, nearly non-verbal and autistic, these words are Danson's blessing for the world..."

This book represents a selection of Danson's writings from February 2008 to June 2008. Unless otherwise noted, all words were spelled out on his alphabet board. We considered whether to edit the misspellings in Danson's poetry and came to the conclusion that we should leave them as written to give the reader the most authentic sense of his work.

- Michele Pierce Burns

I saw a man in plain life making stars into gold for Mom….  (p.7)

Through these words and other poetic writings, a 9-year old child speaks.  Danson was diagnosed as “mentally retarded” and functioning at a 1.9 year old level just 2 years ago.  Miraculously, while being nearly non-verbal, he now communicates through the Rapid Prompting™ Method, by pointing to letters on an alphabet board. 

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Generation Rescue Seeks Community Input on White House “List”

Speak up By Kelli Ann Davis

Last Wednesday, the White House held a special disabilities briefing with the CEOs from 75 non-profit organizations which included Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks.  When I found out about the meeting on Friday, I immediately made several calls to top White House officials in an effort to set-up a private meeting between us since we were not invited to this important briefing.  Within a few hours of my calls, I received an e-mail asking me to submit a “list” outlining key “issues to discuss” in response to my request. 

In December, Generation Rescue submitted several “high priority issues” to the Transition Team (thanks to Julie O. for helping me comprise the original list) but now, I’d like to expand and refine the list and I’m asking for input from the community to help me do this. 
Please feel free to add your own “high priority issue(s)” which you think the White House should address and/or comment on any of the current issues already listed below:    

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OK City Insurance Rally 4/21

Ok seal By Wayne Rohde

We are an alliance of Oklahoma citizens and businesses united in the fight for fair and quality healthcare coverage. We believe that health insurance companies have controlled the Oklahoma State Legislature for too long and operate with no accountability or transparency.

We aim to change that.

We are rallying Tuesday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m. on the Grand Staircase at the state Capitol. Legislators, activists, health care providers, clergy and others who have suffered from health insurance company delays and denials or have seen others suffer.

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Now "Tweeting" at "FromAgeofAutism"

Twitter You can click over there on the left sidebar to follow Tweets from the Editors and Contributing Editors at Twitter.  Our official name is Come follow us and learn when Kim is having her fifteenth cup of coffee, when Kent is enjoying the California sun or when Jake is late to class! 

We're also on FaceBook as a group called, Age of Autism.  Thanks to Cathy Jameson for setting up a great looking fb page for us. We hope you'll become a fan.

Popular Science Fiction is Little Comfort to Parents of Children with Autism

Safety first sign Managing Editor's Note: This post is from our sponsor SafeMinds. "Vaccine safety is a primary concern of the general public. An investment in a national vaccination program with a SAFETY FIRST agenda is necessary and it needs to be transparent and accountable to an independent public oversight board with the guiding principal of improvement in total human health outcomes inclusive of reduction in vaccine-associated adverse events as well as occurrence of infectious disease."

By Theresa Wrangham

It was very exciting to see autism take the spotlight on Larry King Live earlier this month.  The offering of science fiction by Dr. Fisher and Dr. Wiznitzer in stating that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is listening to the concerns of families of children with autism; implying that autism screening, as recommended by AAP, is happening as early as 18 months; that there is value in having a child diagnosed with autism due to services and money that follow the diagnosis; there is no autism-vaccine link; and everyone's favorite - autism is a highly genetic disorder is wearing a little thin. 
These doctor's opinions do not jibe with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 2007 surveillance study, Harvard's study on autism's cost to society and families, vaccine court rulings, or the recent U.C. Davis MIND Institute study.  The CDC's study found that children with autism had a documented history of concerns regarding their development before three years of age, with the median age of earliest documented autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis ranging from 49 to 66 months.  In simple terms, the study found that parents voiced developmental concerns early to their pediatricians and yet screening that should have been performed by pediatricians were delayed resulting in late diagnosis. 

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A of A Contest: Angela Moore Autism Awareness Pendant

Angela moore pendant Congratulations to Maria Milik who won the necktie!

Our friends at Angela Moore have generously donated four items from their Autism Awareness Collection to Age of Autism.  We'll be giving away one item each week in April! The Angela Moore "Autism Awareness" collection was created to help increase awareness in the treatment and understanding of autism.  15% of the proceeds from this collection are donated to the Autism Society of America including The Rimland Center.

Set on a crisp white background, this pendant features puzzle pieces in a rainbow of happy colors and includes an 18" sterling silver chain. Leave a comment to enter. (If you've any trouble commenting email

Manhattan Candle Lighting for Autism 4/22

Manhattan On Wednesday, April 22nd from 6PM to 7PM, NAA NY Metro Chapter is inviting all families (from the Metro area) to join them in the first Candle Lighting Ceremony to honor Autism Awareness Month.  It will be held at City Hall in New York City.  Councilmember Garodnick is sponsoring this event.  All Manhattan borough council members and Mayor Bloomberg are being invited to join us at the event.  Please arrive at 5:45 PM to allow time to go through routine security.  Please bring a picture of you child as we will be asked to raise our pictures during the ceremony in honor of Autism.

If you live in one of the 5 boroughs of Manhattan, please contact your local councilmember to join us.  Go to this site and enter your address to find contact information for your council member HERE.  Please call as it makes a difference!!!   We are hoping for many media sources to cover this event.

Happy Anniversary to the EOHarm List

Jump out of cake This month marks the fourth anniversary of the Environment of Harm list created and moderated by Lenny Schafer. Happy Anniversary, Lenny.

Lenny also provides the Schafer Autism Report, an online newsletter that gives you the current autism news at a glance and a calendar of events around the world. If you are not a subscriber, please go to and click through to a paid membership. Lenny's work has been invaluable to our community.


Ball State 4/20 Flu Shot Debate CANCELLED

Cancelled We've been alerted by Tony Farmer at Ball State that the flu shot debate scheduled for Monday, April 20 has been cancelled due to a sudden scheduling conflict (nothing nefarious, just one of life's curveballs.)   We'll let you know if/when the event is re-scheduled. Thank you.

The York Theatre in Elmhurst IL Hosts Autism Friendly Hannah Montana Showing

Hanna montanaManaging Editor's Note: There are movie theaters around the country offering autism friendly showings. This is the first I've seen with a movie for a slightly older crowd. It's great!  Special thanks to the Johnson family who own the Classic Cinemas chain in IL.

On Saturday, April 18, 2009, the York Theatre, located at 150 N. York St. in Elmhurst, will feature Hannah Montana: The Movie, but with special accommodations for children with special needs.

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CDC Can Find Two Tainted Spinach Leaves. Fails to Alert DC to Lead Problem.

Lead pipe Managing Editor's Note: has been quick to ignore the impact of mercury in children, however, they seem to have a clue that lead is bad, and that the CDC is capable of putting children last.

April 10, 2009 | From 2001 to 2004, Washington, D.C., experienced what may have been the worst lead contamination of city water on record. Tens of thousands of homes had sky-high levels of lead at the tap, and in the worst cases, tap water contained enough lead to be classified as hazardous waste. Not that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the government oversight agency for public health, was worried.

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This Little Piggy Crashed the Market

Animal farm3 -RED copy1 By Adriana Gamondes

Someone I know in the U.K. faction of the vaccine injury movement recently sent me an email with a link to an article by Simon Baron-Cohen, asking whether I might like to “have a go” at him (HERE).  I opened the link, glanced at the photo of a dapper Baron-Cohen in a Cambridge archway (looking either like he was bracing himself for an earthquake or posing as a saint in a niche) and thought, “No, I’m just too tired”. But I did read the article and leave a comment.

The gist of Baron-Cohen’s piece isn’t really the most interesting aspect of it. What he’s doing is pretty obvious—he’s basically calling for more censorship (than has already occurred in the U.K.) of journalists who write criticisms of the vaccine industry, or who write in support of independent scientists whose work criticizes the vaccine industry. 

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A Message from SafeMinds and Deirdre Imus

Protecting children Fifty years ago, parents had a good understanding of their responsibilities. They were our lifeline and provided us with food, clothing, shelter, education, and, of course, love. Like parents throughout history, they did whatever was in their power to keep us safe and protect us from harm. But in today's society, what does it really mean, to "keep our children safe, protect them from harm"? In today’s society, the responsibility of raising -- and protecting -- our children has become a lot more complicated.In 1998, when my husband and I opened the gates to the Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer, we witnessed on a daily basis the many challenges kids face trying to cope with their disease. As the years went by, we began to notice the increased number of children battling not only cancer but also other serious illnesses like asthma, severe allergies, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression and autism spectrum disorders.

Why are so many childhood diseases on the rise?

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Autism vs Sweden (ABBA dabba don’t)

AbbaBy Dr. Ken Stoller

I was first contacted by Magnus’s father in 2007, he is a British national living in Sweden as a translator. His son Magnus lost his speech (bilingual in both English and Swedish) at 2.5 years of age coincident to being weaned off breast milk. He started walking on his tiptoes, stimming, spinning and had a constant high-pitched humming. There was also a total loss of eye contact. His parents did their best to implement suggested biomedical interventions, such as removing dairy and gluten from his diet. In December of 2002, a fever set off his first documented seizure from which he continues to suffer.

This story is all too familiar, but what is unique about Sweden is that insurance plans do not pay for treatment of congenital problems, so in Sweden all the experts believe there is only one type of autism… congenital autism.

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Age of Autism Will Save You Twenty Bucks on Max Wiznitzer.

Before you pay $20 to hear Dr. Max Wiznitzer in Austintown, Ohio, be aware that he explained on Larry King Live that there is no autism epidemic, just better diagnosis. (You can watch the show again tonight to see for yourself.) He said symptoms of autism ameliorate with age.  (Talk about false promises.) He said there is no link between autism and vaccines. (He should chat with Bernadine Healy.) He did not say that he is a paid expert witness against families who file in the vaccine court.  (So we did.) In our opinion, his outdated thinking on autism could lead to families seeking help for their children down the wrong path. (Click the photo to enlarge it. And thanks to AK for sending the clip.)


Volcom Youth Against Establishment Creates TACA Autism T-Shirt

Volcom-autism-t-shirt Check out this fabulous T-shirt from Volcom. Click HERE to learn where you can buy yours. Proceeds support our wonderful sponsor TACA.  TACA helps families with kids on the spectrum at the grass roots level. Buy a t-shirt. Or 20.

Is the IOM in Compliance With FACA?

Toe the line By Kelli Ann Davis

If you’ve been reading Age of Autism on a daily basis over the last week, then you’ve most likely read several of my pieces regarding the new IOM Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines which Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded for $1.7 million in September 2008.  And if you are an avid, daily reader of AoA and have been following the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) meetings over the last 2 years, then you know about the multiple FACA violations (one example here (HERE) which finally cumulated in the January “surprise revote” to withdraw two vaccine studies that had been inserted into the Strategic Plan at a previous meeting.  At that time, Generation Rescue announced it had consulted with a prominent DC law firm to assess possible legal recourse for the multiple violations and that process is still on-going. (HERE)

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UPDATE: Generation Rescue Urges Comments to IOM

Update memo By Kelli Ann Davis

UPDATE:  Generation Rescue received a letter this morning from Dr. Judith Salerno (HERE), Executive Director of the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  As I indicated in my earlier piece today (HERE), it is imperative that our community submit comments to the IOM website before tomorrow’s cut-off date (Click HERE and scroll down to the bottom) in an effort to make changes to the current Committee membership and Charge.

The following quote from Kathleen Stratton during the November 18, 2008 Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) meeting clearly states that adverse events that are “important to the program” could be added to the list; suffice to say, incorporating autism into the list is within the realm of possibility: 

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Merck Demands Omerta

SilencerMerck proves that the drug war isn't just about pot and coke. For all you MDs, university grant gobblers and public health officials carrying Merck's water (Evian, no doubt) - are any you brave enough to speak out on behalf of your patients regarding drug and vaccine safety?  Or is silence the best medicine?

AN international drug company made a hit list of doctors who had to be "neutralised" or discredited because they criticised the anti-arthritis drug the pharmaceutical giant produced.

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Support Joe Steffy's Poppin' Joe's Kettle Korn

Janet_steffy_poppin_joes Check out this uplifting article (HERE) in US News (via Yahoo) about 23 year old Joe Steffy, an enterprising young businessman with a unique story. (Hint: Down syndrome and non-verbal autism.) 

I'd never heard of kettle corn until I spent a few years in Ohio. It's slightly sweet popcorn. And it's a fine treat!  You can support Joe's business, Poppin' Joe' Kettle korn here: POPPIN' JOE's.

A of A Contest: Angela Moore Autism Awareness Silk Neck Tie

Angela Moore Tie Congrats to Fran Katz - she won the bracelet from last week.

Our friends at Angela Moore have generously donated four items from their Autism Awareness Collection to Age of Autism.  We'll be giving away one item each week in April! The Angela Moore "Autism Awareness" collection was created to help increase awareness in the treatment and understanding of autism.  15% of the proceeds from this collection are donated to the Autism Society of America including The Rimland Center.

Dress to impress with this Angela Moore hand screened 100% silk tie featuring puzzle pieces in a rainbow of colors. Leave a comment to enter. (If you've any trouble commenting email

The Minnesota Somali Autism Study: That and a dollar will buy you a hot dog.

Super duper weenie By Tim Kasemodel
The Minnesota Somali autism study released on March 31st 2009 has created quite a stir, but not as much as it should.  It creates a certain enigma, a conundrum of sorts.  While it attempts to assure the Somali community that the Minnesota Department of Health cares for them and wishes the best for them, it gives them no answers to the questions they have been asking them for so long.

Why?  Why us? they ask.  Yes, the MDH admits the Somali community was right, that their observations were correct.  It appears there are indeed more Somali children receiving autism services than other children.  But the MDH makes the strange disclaimer that the data they used for this study is not actually good enough to say for sure one way or the other.

What?  How much did the taxpayer spend on this study?

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Winner A of A Contest: It's Hip Hop Baby DVDs

Hip hop kids 1 Congratulations to Wendy Crumley!
Kiss the Teletubbies "Bye Bye!"  It's Hip Hop, Baby!  We're happy to have two DVDs to give away from this fun series that engages kids with a beat Mom and Dad will enjoy too.  We have "All Your Child's Favorites" and "Things We Do Every Day." 

Click HERE to visit the It's Hip Hop, Baby site and listen to a sample.

Buy your DVDs at Amazon: HERE. Great for the Easter baskets!

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A of A Contest: Angela Moore Autism Awareness Classic Bracelet!

Angela moore bracelet Our friends at Angela Moore have generously donated four items from their Autism Awareness Collection to Age of Autism.  We'll be giving away one item each week in April. The Angela Moore "Autism Awareness" collection was created to help increase awareness in the treatment and understanding of autism.  15% of the proceeds from this collection are donated to the Autism Society of America including The Rimland Center.

We begin with the gorgeous Classic bracelet, set on a crisp white background, this bracelet features puzzle pieces and a rainbow of ribbons in happy colors. Leave a comment to enter. (If you've any trouble commenting email

MN Somalis Are Now Aware Of Autism. But Still No WHY From Authorities.

Question man By Kim Stagliano

From WQOW (cow?) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A new report confirms that Somali children in Minneapolis are in autism programs at a higher rate than non-Somali children.

But a long-awaited report from the Minnesota Health Department doesn't speculate on why.

The study finds the percentage of Somali children in the Minneapolis district's autism programs is two to seven times higher than for non-Somali children. It was for children ages 3 to 4 for three years starting in 2005.

Some Somali parents have speculated that the higher autism rates were related to vaccines, lead exposure or vitamin D deficiency.

The New York Times reports the story too.

We can assume that the epidemiologists, in an intense and costly effort to solve the mystery, will scour Minnesota Public Television, probe the age of parents and determine that the Somali parents' stress levels are higher than the average Minnesotan without a child with autism in the next decade. Meanwhile, mind the killer pistachios, everyone.

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.

Dokedo Gluten Free Casein Free Play Putty is Great for Easter Baskets!

Dokedo 2 What is dokedo™ naturally scented play putty?

Dokedo™ naturally scented play putty is gluten free, casein free and naturally scented. It stretches, rolls, drips, bounces, breaks, twists, molds, textures, crackles, bubbles, bends, snaps and smells great! Dokedo™ is fun and relaxing for kids and adults.  Created by a Mom, and proceeds go to autism.
Dokedo  Click HERE to order yours today!

Fossil Fool’s Day & Moving Beyond Coal in Colorado

Wind Managing Editor's note: This is from our sponsor SafeMinds. Click HERE to see their flyer on coal plants.

Where: Heron Pond/North Side Park off 53rd Avenue and Franklin St (there’s a sign to turn off) in Denver
When: Wednesday April 1st, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Why: Because spending your lunch break to create a renewable future Beyond Coal will more than fill your appetite. 
Event Contact:  Rebecca Sobel at

What are you doing this April 1st for Fossil Fool's Day?  SafeMinds is joining forces with WildEarth Guardians, Clean Energy Action, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, local neighborhood associations and community members for a press event and rally in front of Cherokee Power Plant in bringing attention to the dangers of coal in our community and asking Governor Ritter and Xcel Energy to lead the way toward a fully renewable economy.   Armed with banners, pinwheels, and other props illustrating the call to action to move beyond fossil fuels, attendees will be sending a clear message to our leadership that “Coal Can’t Fool Us” and calling for a “Cleaner Colorado.”

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New (And Improved?) IOM Panel to Convene on Vaccines

Redux Editor’s note: The IOM is at it again. Julie Obradovic raises some important questions below about the role and accountability of one IOM staffer who has worked on previous vaccine safety reviews, reviews that have shown a greater concern for politics than the truth. (Dr. Stratton:...The point of no return, the line we will not cross in public policy is pull the vaccine, change the schedule. We could say it is time to revisit this, but we would never recommend that level. Even recommending research is recommendations for policy. We wouldn't say compensate, we wouldn't say pull the vaccine, we wouldn't say stop the program (p.74).)
Although it has branded itself as a kind of “science court” for controversial issues, the IOM’s performance as a trustworthy tribunal has been poor: when the rules of jurisprudence are unlikely to lead to the outcome the sponsors and the staffers have been looking for, the IOM changed the rules instead of taking the heat. In October 2006, a few members of the autism community met with IOM President Harvey Fineberg to share a blistering critique. A short version of the materials we presented is (HERE) and a longer version (HERE). Mark Blaxill

By Julie Obradovic
A New IOM Panel
On March 20, 2009 the Institute of Medicine officially notified the public of the provisional appointment of a new IOM Committee related to vaccines. The committee was contracted by HRSA to review epidemiological, clinical and biological evidence regarding adverse health events associated with specific vaccines covered by VICP (Vaccine Injury Compensation Program). Vaccines to be reviewed include Varicella Zoster, Influenza, Hepatitis B, and HPV; additional vaccines could be added to the review if more funding is secured.
The committee will author a consensus report with conclusions on the evidence bearing on causality and the evidence regarding the biological mechanisms that underlie specific theories for how a specific vaccine is related to a specific adverse event. The provisional appointments to the IOM's new Committee to Review Adverse Events to Vaccination have been posted on the Current Project System on the National Academies Website. There is a 20 day period for formal public comment beginning the day of this notice.
The project will be directed by Dr. Kathleen Stratton.
Who is Dr. Stratton?
If Dr. Stratton's name looks familiar it is because this is not the first time she has served on an IOM committee regarding vaccines.  In fact, Dr. Stratton has served on several IOM panels, most famously perhaps as project director for the panel that reviewed the role of Vaccines in Autism (2004). In this instance the panel she directed came to the conclusion the evidence favored rejection of a causal relationship; even more, her committee went so far as to suggest further study of the relationship wasn't warranted.

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Hope for Autism Training Conference & 2009 Int'l Vaccine Risk Symposium

Charleston Managing Editor's Note: David Kirby and Dr. Mayer Eisenstein ("Holistic MD Has 30,000 Patients – Zero With ASD, All Unvaccinated”) are featured presenters at this conference in Charleston, SC.  Visit to learn more!

Hope for Autism Training Conference &
2009 International Vaccine Risk Symposium
Developed for Patients, Families and Practitioners

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 15 - 17, 2009
Registration / Exhibits Begin at 7:00 am

The Charleston Marriott Hotel
170 Lockwood Boulevard
Charleston, South Carolina 29403 US
This exciting, two day conference offers something for everyone. 

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Angela Moore Jewelry Supports The Rimland Center for Autism Treatment

Angela moore bracelet2 Managing Editor's Note:  I'm pleased to announce that Ms. Moore has generously donated four beautiful items from the Angela Moore Autism Awareness collection to Age of Autism, and we will be giving one away each week in April! See the collection HERE. 

Internationally-known jewelry designer Angela Moore will be in the Lynchburg, Virginia area on April 1 & 2 to recognize Autism Awareness month and benefit treatment scholarships to The Rimland Center, a general pediatric practice and autism treatment center founded by Elizabeth Mumper, MD, FAAP.

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