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Win An Autism Puzzle Piece Quilt!

Quilt_2Managing Editor's Note: Check out this gorgeous quilt that's a raffle prize at the DAN! Conference which begins today. You don't have to attend to win.  Send your check to ARI to buy tickets today (see below!)  Here are the details from Lynda Huggins:

Attached is a picture of a portion of a beautiful Puzzle Pieces Quilt that my dear friend (college roommate many years ago) has made to be raffled at the upcoming DAN Conference in San Diego .  Puzzle fabric surrounds the larger puzzle pieces.  It is a twin/throw size, valued at $300, one of a kind treasure! 

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Biological Drugs Produce Side Effects But Vaccines Don't?

BiohazardManaging Editor's Note:  This article says, "The drugs are known as biologicals because they're made from living material and they typically affect the body's disease-fighting immune system." Doesn't that sound similar to vaccines? I'll look forward to the comments.

CHICAGO - Nearly a fourth of widely used new-generation biological drugs for several common diseases produce serious side effects that lead to safety warnings soon after they go on the market, the first major study of its kind found. Included in the report released Tuesday were the arthritis drugs Humira and Remicade, cancer drugs Rituxan and Erbitux, and the heart failure drug Natrecor. All wound up being flagged for safety. That might surprise some doctors who may have thought that these new treatments might be safer than traditional chemical-based medicines.

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Autism One Radio: Heather Bruce

Autism_oneThis just in from our friends at Autism One.

On "The Candy Store" Hosted by Robert & Sandy Waters

Everyone Mark Your Calendars!!!

The Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin's sister Heather Bruce will be a guest on our Radio Program "The Candy Store" on Autism One Radio.  Mrs. Bruce will be calling us from Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday, October 22th, 2008 @ 10 a.m. EST.  Heather Bruce will talk about her 13 year old son who has autism and what she thinks about her sister being "The Republican Vice Presidential Candidate".  Also, what her sister "Sarah Palin" will do for children with disabilities if elected among many other topics.  We invite everyone to tune in!!  If you miss this special and interesting interview it will be in the archives after it air's.

Faith, Love & Hope,
Robert & Sandy Waters 

Huffington Post Adds Autism Page

Autism_2 Huffington Post has added a page called "AUTISM: Some news is so big it needs its own page."

We kind of think it needs its very own blog. But we sure are glad to see a major national blog following in our footsteps.  ;)


Autism '08

Obama_mccainThe next president of the United States has autism on his radar screen.  Both candidates mentioned autism in last night's debate.

Denis Leary Responds to Criticism

LearyDenis Leary has made a statement in answer to the uproar of a couple of sentences from his book.  Here it is:
NEW YORK, Oct 15, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Denis Leary issued the following statement today in response to comments about his new book, "Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid."

The people who are criticizing the "Autism Schmautism" chapter in my new book "Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid" clearly have not read it.

Or if they have, they missed the sections I thought made my feelings about autism very clear: that I not only support the current rational approaches to the diagnoses and treatment of real autism but have witnessed it firsthand while watching very dear old friends raise a functioning autistic child.

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"Real" Firefighter Writes to Denis Leary

FdnyManaging Editor's Note:  The author of this letter is a real firefighter. Timothy Dwyer spent sixteen years with FDNY before leaving his career to become full time caregiver for his son who has autism.

October 15, 2008

Denis Leary
The Leary Firefighter Foundation
594 Broadway, Suite 409
New York, NY 10012


Since you make your living off the backs of Firefighters, many of whom like myself have a child with autism which you have now chosen to make fun of, how about you be a man and come to Long Island and see my son’s school.  Observe first hand my fat, lazy, stupid child suffering from autism.   I bet you wouldn’t last 10 seconds with my son or on the fire floor.   You wish you could walk in my shoes.  I am a founding parent of the ELIJA School for children with autism spectrum disorders in Levittown, NY and a 20 year NYPD/FDNY veteran.

There are many firefighters struggling with autism and all your foundation does is buy tools for the city, just more shit for them to carry. You do nothing for Firefighter’s real problems.  So come on out, get your head out your ass and pry open that fat wallet of yours that was filled thanks to the real characters of the FDNY. 

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2008 National Autism Association Conference

NachopeismpostcardThe National Autism Association  is pleased to present NAA's National Autism Conference sponsored by Care Clinics.  The conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center & Spa, Broward County's First State-Certified Green Hotel located in Fort Lauderdale, FL on November 13 -16, 2008.

Click HERE to learn more and to register!

Denis Leary on Autism.

AssholeIt might be time to add a new category to our lineup. Denis Leary knows the power of the autism community. That's why he's using us to sell books.  Can we have a giant, "Whatever." for Mr. Leary? 

"There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-ass kids can't compete academically, so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks . . . to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don't give a [bleep] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you - yer kid is NOT autistic. He's just stupid. Or lazy. Or both."

New York Post Gossip section.

(PS) My apologies if you're offended by the graphic. It seemed fitting.

Autism Yesterday at Motherbaby Int'l Film Festival

Autism_yesterday_adThe Motherbaby International film festival is featuring Generation Rescue's Autism Yesterday at its three 2008 festivals including Traverse City, Michigan October 15 - 17.  Click HERE for more information on MIFF.

You can read more about Autism Yesterday HERE.  Purchase a copy at Amazon HERE. View the trailer below.

Trenton Rally for Vaccination Choice October 16th

Join_usManaging Editor's Note:  I'll be speaking at the rally. Hope to see you there!  Kim

One Thousand People Expected To Rally For Vaccination Choice
at the State House in Trenton, NJ on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.

Rally Information: Rain or Shine, Thursday, October 16, 2008, Noon- 2 pm, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ, for more rally details. 

NJ Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk, Board-certified Pediatrician Dr. Lawrence Palevsky and National Vaccine Information Center co-founder Barbara Loe Fisher, will join NJ parents and professionals at a rally in Trenton for vaccination choice.

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Wakefield on Jenny, the MMR and the Fight of His Life

Dr_wakefieldEditor's Note: England's Sunday Express has a great article on Andy Wakefield today with quotes that ought to put the fight back into anyone whose energy is flagging right about now (hey, it happens!). He talks about Jenny McCarthy's courage, his upcoming book and his motivation for persevering. "My sole purpose is to help these children and get to grips with the root of the problem, which is what I am doing," he said. "Despite having discovered an apparently new disease my colleagues and I are being vilified purely because of the vaccine association. This link has threatened Government policy and drug-company profit. What we're witnessing over the triple jab is a propaganda campaign based on who has the biggest budget. I have none while the budget of the UK Government and its allies is limitless." Yes, but Andy has allies, too, including Age of Autism and its thousands of readers. -- Dan Olmsted

Read the article HERE.

A Playground for Autism?

Merry_go_roundA playground designed for kids with autism? I can't decide whether this is human kindness or discriminatory. $25,000 spent on a playground for children with autism. My Lord. When the cute kids are 25 will they still be welcome on the jungle gym?  It makes my head spin.  Read more HERE.

Presidential Politics Autism Style

White_houseClick HERE for a good laugh featuring a dear member of our community during this Presidential political season. Hint: There's no McCain, no Palin, no Obama and no Biden. Those folks are best discussed elsewhere.

I'm sure many of you will enlighten those who are unfamiliar with the candidate in the comments section. You can make your own version at the end of the 2 minute clip.

Front and Center: Follow-Up on Rep. Maloney’s Autism-Vaccine Briefing

FollowupManaging Editor's Note: Many people worked hard to make this post possible. Thank you to David Kirby and Mark Blaxill, Kelli Ann Davis of Generation Rescue, John Gilmore of Autism Action Network and several others. Please read the post carefully, there's a call to action. It requires some thought and will take some time. Our kids are worth it.

By Jeanne Cantkier, Pamela Felice, Lisa Rudley and Angela Warner.

Warrior Help Is Needed and Necessary!

On September 24, 2008 our community experienced a monumental and potentially game changing moment. Thanks to the organized efforts of our dedicated community, there was standing room only at the Autism-Vaccine Briefing hosted by Rep. Maloney and presented by David Kirby and Mark Blaxill.

As a community, it is absolutely imperative that we follow-up now with our legislators to keep the Autism-Vaccine issue front and center. Getting all those people in the room together was just the first step. They have listened, and now we need to let them know what they can do to help our children. Remember, they work for us, the people!

Regardless of whether you initially contacted your Representative or Senator about the Autism-Vaccine briefing, we need you to RALLY NOW to follow up. Contact information to participate in the follow-up and a list of the Senate and House members who attended or sent staff can be found at the end of this post.

Here’s What You Can Do:

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Any Ideas for Jacob Hood, Scourge of Evil Science?

Tv_producerEditor's note: I was flipping through the Washington Post TV insert and saw that a new show debuts tonight. It's called Eleventh Hour, and it stars Jacob Hood as "a brilliant scientist ... whose passion is tracking down those who use science for evil instead of good." Each week, the show "delves into topical and science-based mysteries." So I was just wondering -- do any of you have script ideas we could suggest to CBS? You know, any situation in which science is used for evil instead of good? Any dramatic plot lines in which the truth comes out  and justice prevails? Gosh, I can't. But if you can, please post them as comments and next week we'll send them off to the show's producers. -- Dan Olmsted

KOMU's Ashley Reynolds Wins Emmy for Autism Series

Ashley_with_emmy_3Congratulations to Ashley Reynolds, our Age of Autism Best Media winner for 2006 (HERE) on winning a coveted Emmy!

For the Mid-America EMMY Awards, KOMU TV 8's Ashley Reynolds from Missouri, won the student category for the Combating Autism From Within Series. 

"It's an amazing honor to win such a prestigious award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 2008 Emmy Awards.  It's a great feeling to be recognized by the academy for our hard work. It was privileged to be among hundreds of the best journalists in the Midwest.  This would not have been possible without input from the autism community. 

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Leather Meets Lace Fundraiser for Generation Rescue at Playboy Mansion

Leather_meets_laceOn October 4th members of the Motorcycle Charity Associates will host the 2nd Annual Hollywood Leather Meets Lace Ride.  The event begins at 9:00 am PT on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.  Motorcycle enthusiasts and celebrities will join together to ride for Generation Rescue to support families and children with autism. 

Later that evening, the event will move to the famed Playboy Mansion where Jenny McCarthy, board member, spokesperson and mother warrior for Generation Rescue will host the 2nd Annual Leather Meets Lace event. Full details on the event are at the Generation Rescue events page.

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First National Public Opinion Survey: Americans’ Knowledge and Understanding of Autism, 2008

FitSchool of Psychology
Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Florida

The first national survey of the public’s knowledge and understanding of autism was conducted for the School of Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.  The survey includes responses from 1000 men and women, 21 years old or older, randomly selected from throughout the nation. The poll has a plus or minus 3.1% confidence interval at a 95% level of confidence.  The telephone interviews were conducted between August 1 and August 29 by GDA Education Research, Mount Pleasant, SC.

• With autism now the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States, more than 80% of survey respondents say every state should have an early intervention program for children from birth to age three. An even larger percentage (83%) thought that finding a cure for autism should be a national priority. This at a time when the Centers for Disease Control reports that autism affects one in 150 children born in the United States.

• Nearly one in four (24%) respondents said that because vaccines may cause autism it was safer not to have children vaccinated at all. Another 19% were not sure.

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Caddy Day is Over at Age Of Autism

Many of you have expressed surprise that we had the equivalent of "Caddy Day" in the comments section today on the "Jenny Vote" post.  It seems the folks at Science Blogs enjoyed their time here, doesn't it? Ecorazzi, a gossip site, announced that they'd "poll mobbed" the site. We simply repeated that. And in they came in droves to show us their best cannonballs on the topic of vaccines and autism. But don't worry. They're gone now. Back to their hidey holes, pharmaceutical companies (waving to Merck) and blogs.  We now return to a clean pool. 

Amanda Peet, How Much Are They Paying You?

Hooker_takes_moneyBy J.B. Handley

I hadn't really been paying attention, until an alert AoA reader pointed out a sentence buried in the VaccinateYourBaby website (that features Amanda Peet as the campaign spokesperson):

"Every Child By Two's Vaccinate Your Baby campaign is made possible through an unrestricted, educational grant from sanofi pasteur."

For those of you new to this debate, "sanofi pasteur" (why did they put it in small caps?) is a vaccine company. I guess "educational grant" is intended to throw people of the scent that Sanofi is paying someone to endorse a product from which they profit immensely. We already know that Every Child By Two is largely funded by Wyeth, another vaccine company. (Read "ECBT: A Front Group for Wyeth" HERE.)

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Strange Bedfellows


From PETA about drinking milk. Thoughts?

Reminder - This is Your Chance to Influence Federal Autism Spending - Comments Due Tuesday

BillionsBy Jim Moody, Esq.

If you don’t like the way your tax dollars are being spent, or not spent, on autism research, this is your chance to speak up and take action.  The strategic plan (SP) for autism research will guide federal spending on autism research for the next five years, subject to annual updates.  The draft plan (HERE) was released for comment August 20 (HERE)

Comments are due by Tuesday, September 30, and should be emailed to  There is a suggested limitation of two pages.  See the above request for further details.  A few thoughts on possible subjects for comment are summarized below.

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MySpace: Ask The Candidates

CandidatesWhat Questions Would You Ask The Presidential Candidates? MySpace has an "My Debates" forum where you can post your question to Obama and McCain.

DEADLINE For Comments: Tuesday, September, 30, 2008

You can submit your question HERE.   

Capitol Hill Briefing on Autism Transcript

David_speaksManaging Editor's Note: The following provides a transcription of David Kirby's presentation to members of the Senate and Congress at Representative Carolyn Maloney's meeting on Wednesday, September 24, 2008. The audio was spotty in places, the transcription is as close as was possible under the circumstances.

Capitol Hill Briefing on Autism -- Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Slide Presentation by David Kirby - Rush transcription by Nancy Hokkanen
(Power Point Slides are viewable at and HERE.


Thank you very much, and I thank you all for coming here today. I know there’s a lot going on in Washington this week, but I think the turnout speaks to the fact that this is a very, very serious issue.

We have people from the left and the right and center representing offices in this room. Autism, of course, is a nonpartisan issues, quite a bit like the financial crisis that we’re all trying to deal with right now. And the parallels go beyond nonpartisanship: The financial crisis is a real threat to our country, and so is the autism crisis. And I hope you will go back to your various offices and talk about ways that Congress can respond even better than it has so far to this crisis.

This is a national emergency.

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Long Island NY: Hearings on Vaccines and Autism

By Louise Kuo Habakus

Nassau and Suffolk County Legislators and Asm Marc Alessi
Demand Answers For Our Children
Health Committee Hearings on Vaccines and Autism
September 25, 2008

Last night was my eighth wedding anniversary.  We had a romantic evening, wading through my two-hour parent vaccine choices presentation to pick the slides for my ten-minute testimony before the Health and Social Services Committee of the Nassau County Legislature today.  Ain't love grand?

Louise Kuo Habakus

This morning (Thursday), I made it to Mineola, NY from Middletown, NJ without getting lost once.  It did take me three tours around the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building before I chose to ignore the "wrong way" and "do not enter" signs into the parking lot, however. 

John Gilmore, Bob Krakow, Rita Palma, Evelyn Ain, Alan Scherr and I were there to tell the truth about vaccines and autism. 

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Discovery Health Presents: The Kirtons, Autism x6

Autismx6_2Meet The Kirtons. Wednesday, October 1st of Discovery Health. Check your local listings. You can visit the Kirton's blog HERE.

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- When John and Robin Kirton first married, they knew they wanted to have a large family -- but like many couples, they had no idea what they were in for. Today, the Kirtons are the parents of six children -- each of whom has been diagnosed with autism.
Discovery Health presents an intimate view of life with multiple autistic children in AUTISM x6, an hour-long special premiering Wednesday, October 1, at 8 PM (ET/PT). Read more HERE.

Mark Blaxill: The Feeling in the Room

FatherManaging Editor's Note: Mark Blaxill is one of the original Father Warriors in our autism community. I'm proud to be his colleague here at Age of Autism.  KS

By Mark F. Blaxill

My reaction to the Maloney briefing surprised me (for those who missed it, thanks to an invitation from Rep. Carolyn Maloney, David Kirby and I gave presentations on the autism epidemic and on the connection to vaccines on Wednesday to a standing room audience in the Cannon House Office Building). For a moment, and mind you it may be a brief moment, I felt a renewed faith in the power of American democracy. One reason I am feeling hopeful is because of all of you here at Age of Autism. You made this happen.

Because of the work you all did in reaching out, calling your representatives and giving them a strong reason to attend, we had a great session. So I’d like to say thank you to the readers of Age of Autism. Thank you for providing a small little civics lesson for how democracy can work, and should work more often. And as part of my thank you, I’d like to report back here and give you more details about what so many of you have asked. What was the feeling in the room? But first, let me tell you why my own feelings surprised me.

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Father Warrior on the Maloney Vaccine Meeting

Warrior_father_silhouetteManaging Editor's Note: There are plenty of Warrior Fathers in the autism community. Meet one below:

By Louis Conte

I must admit that lately I have been in awe of many members of our community.  Since March of this year when John Gilmore introduced the Polings to CNN and the world, I have been overwhelmed by the courage of so many to simply tell the truth about autism and vaccines and what has happened to our children. A recent example was Katie Wright’s post here about her son and everything she and he had gone through while just trying to take a simple family vacation. Ms. Wright’s post should be required reading for any medical professional who minimizes the suffering that autism brings.

On September 24, 2008 David Kirby and Mark Blaxill delivered some of that same courage and truth to Washington and informed our nation’s leaders about what has really caused the autism epidemic.

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"A Change in Attitude Toward Our Community"

AchampManaging Editor's Note: It's a day for Mother Warriors.  Here, A-Champ's Bobbie Manning talks about yesterday's meeting in DC.

Hi everyone,

Wanted to offer my impressions of yesterday's briefing.

First, David and Mark's presentations were terrific... as they always are.

I was very, very impressed with staff attendance at the briefing and the attention they paid to the speakers. It was standing room only and actually exceeded my expectations given the current financial crisis going on.

I observed a lot of notes being taken. A staffer from Sen. Lautenburg's office was next to me and had five pages of notes.

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What David Kirby Told Congress

David_speaks_2HERE is David Kirby's slide presentation from the Vaccine/Autism meeting in DC yesterday.

What Age of Autism's Mark Blaxill Told Congress

Mark_blaxillMark Blaxill, Age of Autism Editor at Large and SafeMinds director, described the urgency of the autism epidemic and how Congress can address it during Wednesday's standing-room-only briefing on Capitol Hill. HERE are slides from his presentation, titled, Why the Autism Crisis Has Become So Controversial and Why Families Need Your Help.

Attendance at Rep. Maloney's Autism-Vaccine Meeting

Veni_vidi_viciSIGN IN SHEET AT MALONEY BRIEFING (Subject to updates)

Zach Wamp (R-TN)  - Attended in person, plus staffer
John Barrow (D-GA) – Attended in person, plus staffer

The following Representatives sent staff members (Note: Rep Maloney, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, was at a hearing with the US Treasury Secretary on the economic crisis).

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Libby Rupp is a Warrior Mother

Warrior_mom_photoManaging Editor's Note: I wrote the headline. Libby wrote this post. And take 8 minutes to watch the decline, fall and RISE of Libby's beautiful daughter, Miss Isabella.

By Libby Rupp

The mitochondrial disorder specialist that diagnosed Hannah Poling (HERE) and co-authored the study “Developmental regression and mitochondrial dysfunction in a child with autism” based on her case, last week told a group of parents in Minnesota that despite increased risk of complications, he supports a regular vaccine schedule and that he would never recommend chelation therapy to any of his patients.

In an address Sept. 12 to the Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter of the United Mitochondrial Disorder Foundation, Dr. John Schoffner said chelation is dangerous and that there are no studies showing that chelation benefits children or adults. He was unfazed when told that there are no studies, period, and that it is unfair to state there are no studies on the “benefits” when there are no studies on either side of the debate.

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Katie Wright: One of Jenny McCarthy's "Mother Warriors"

Warrior_mothersBy Katie Wright

Like millions of moms and dads of autistic kids I absolutely adore Jenny McCarthy. Jenny had the courage to share her own devastating experience with autism with the world and inspire and empower parents in the process. No one in the public eye was talking about hope for our kids beyond early intervention until Jenny. Jenny McCarthy traveled around the country listening to parents and shared their struggles with the mainstream autism world that had been dismissing our stories, minimizing children's pain and ignoring successful biomedical interventions. We watched on "Larry King" as the president of AAP claimed he had never had seen one bad vaccine reaction in his practice and that injecting anti-freeze or aluminum into babies was as safe as "breathing air." The president of the AAP was so soundly out-debated by Jenny in their last "Larry King" appearance it was almost embarrassing to watch.

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Standing Room Only at Maloney Meeting

Live from Washington, DC. Representative Carolyn Maloney's autism/vaccine briefing. David is speaking live now. 

Follow up: David presented a truncated version of his presentation, hitting on the salient points for brevity.  Mark Blaxill then introduced himself as the parent of a child who had regressed into autism and spoke about the need for research. Both are excellent speakers and bring a gravitas, knowledge and sincerity to the ever present questions of vaccine safety.

STATS (sent by David who is on the train back to NYC.)

Summary - 135 people in room for 80
2 US Reps in person
58 Reps sent staffers
30 Senators sent staffers
Some of those who sent staff - Obama, Kennedy, McConnell, Byrd, Feingold, Kerry, Hatch, Waxman, Murtha, Pallone
Also present - AAP AMA CDC FDA Autism Speaks - America's Health Insurance Plans - AHIP!



Is Your Sen. or Rep. Attending Rep. Maloney's Vaccine-Autism Meeting?

RsvpTune into Autism One Radio TODAY at 1:50pm Eastern for a Curt Linderman's interview with David Kirby before the meeting. And then listen to the meeting live. - details to follow at their site.

The following provides a running tally of the Senators and Representatives who have RSVP'd in some fashion for Representative Carolyn Maloney's (D-NY) vaccine-autism meeting on Wednesday, September 24th at 2:00pm. Click HERE for details. Are your government officials on the list yet?  We've learned that you need to ask for the email address of the "Scheduler" for your Congressperson.  Send that person an email.


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Every Child By Two Accuses Us of "Sidetracking" Research

Temper_tantrumManaging Editor's Note: The full court press to convince the American public that vaccinations are safe spills over into your government.  This one sounds more like a temper tantrum. Below is the letter sent by Amy Pisani of Every Child By Two telling your government officials why Representative Carolyn Maloney's briefing is irrelevant: "There is no debate..." She uses Dr. Paul Offit's book as her backup.  And she has the GALL to accuse us of sidetracking research away from finding the true causes(s) of autism and treating children...   

Today you have been invited to attend a briefing to provide "updates on the recent autism-vaccines debate".  While I recognize that most of you will likely be dealing with other priorities and will not attend the Maloney briefing, I write to you this morning because I feel it is critical to clarify that there is no debate among the scientific community regarding vaccines and autism.  Instead, the debate rages on in the media due to the efforts of those who wish to sidetrack critical research away from finding the true cause(s) of autism and treating children and their families struggling with this condition.

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Jenny McCarthy on Oprah: Sneak Peek for Age of Autism!

LucyBy Kim Stagliano

I got a welcome surprise tonight! An email with three clips from the folks at Oprah and permission to show them to you before the Jenny program airs tomorrow!  You'll need Apple Quicktime to run the clips.  If you can't open them here, they are up in video format on my Kim blog (blogger is a bit kinder than our platform here) at Enjoy! Kim

Jenny walks with a Mom
Oprah is exuberant 
Jim Carrey

Autism One Radio Airs Maloney Autism Vaccine Meeting

ListenTune into to WEDNESDAY 9/24 at 1:50pm Eastern to listen to Rep. Maloney's 2:00pm meeting, prefaced by an interview with David Kirby.

Dr. Rahul K. Parikh, I Am Becoming Embarrassed For You

Misinformed_sourcesBy David Kirby

Some Pediatricians are thoughtful. Others are just plain, (well, let's be polite) "belatedly informed."

To wit: The recent book review by Rahul K. Parikh, M.D, in Salon: (HERE)

In his overly simplistic way, this pediatrician from Northern California, who has repeatedly ignored third-party invitations to debate me in an open forum, praises Dr. Paul Offit for his attacks on groups like DAN! and Generation Rescue, while holding up Autism Speaks as a bastion of rational scientific thinking, one that does not succumb to what this doctor calls the "slanted science" of thimerosal research:

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Extra! Read All About it! Autism & Vaccines in the News this Wednesday!


Even amid the wars, elections, debates and economic meltdowns that are currently grabbing the headlines, the vaccine-autism debate is still attracting attention. To that end, Wednesday, Sept, 24 promises to be a big day, indeed.

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Email C-Span to Broadcast Maloney Briefing!

EmailInvite C-Span to cover Rep. Maloney's meeting. Just copy and send this post to: Be sure to copy the entire post, not just this intro.

Dear C-Span:  Please send a team to cover Rep. Carolyn's Maloney's (D-NY) special briefing on the vaccine autism debate.

Her meeting is on Wednesday, September 24 at 2:00 PM
210 Cannon House Office Building
Independence Avenue, Washington, DC.

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Win a Free Copy of Jenny McCarthy's "Mother Warriors"

Warrior_mothers_2The winners are Julia Myers, Rhonda Gatewood, and Kimberly Muniz.

Our sponsor OurKidsASD is giving away three copies of Jenny McCarthy's new book, "Mother Warriors." Enter at  Hurry! Contest ends Monday at noon.

If you don't win, you can buy the book now at OurKidsASD HERE for just $13.50. Good luck! (Comments are closed for this post.)

A-Champ Advocates Nationally for Autism Issues

Achamp_2We rarely ask our community for help, but we need your help now. ACHAMP has launched a fundraising effort in conjunction with Autism United to support our highly effective online advocacy efforts. Your donation to the ACHAMP team participating in Autism United's Hope Walk '08 will go directly to defray the cost of our online advocacy efforts, and it will be 100% tax-deductible.

We are all volunteers and we have a tiny budget, none-the-less this is just some of what we accomplished and worked on in the last year alone:

1) We were the only Autism group able to get autism and vaccine
safety questionnaires answered by most of the presidential
candidates. We are working to get more in depth commitments from the
remaining two major party candidates.

2) We are fighting to pass the `Kid-Safe Chemical Act" in
Washington DC.

3) We fought threaten mass arrests in Maryland of parents of
children who did not have mandated vaccines.

4) We fought threatened mass expulsions of school children in
New York who did not have all mandated vaccines.

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Health Care and Autism Debt

Michele and Ralph Iallonardi discussed medical-related debt on a panel with CNN's Roland Martin. As always, Michele and Ralph did a terrific job explaining what we in the autism world deal with in terms of insurance and debt.  They're TV stars!

WINNERS! The Conductors CD Featuring "Smokestack" Joe Hutchinson

ConductorsOur winners are Nancy Smith, "Anne" and Kathryn Johanson.  Please email me your address at KimStagliano at Congrats!

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All aboard for fun!  Win a copy of The Conductors' "Navigating The Spectrum" CD featuring autism Dad and Indie Rocker "Smokestack" Joe Hutchinson. We have THREE copies to give away, just leave a comment with your name.

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CNN's Roland Martin Discusses Autism Debt

IllonardiRalph and Michele Iallonardi of NY will be on "What They're Not Saying...About your Money" with Roland Martin on CNN Saturday night at 8pm. The show will air again at 8pm on Sunday as well.

The Iallonardi's, whom you'll remember from Lauren Thierry's "Autism Every Day" documentary are on a panel, and the discussion is about healthcare.  It is a financial show, and their segment will focus on how insurance does not always pay for necessary treatments, which in turn can put a family in to serious debt.  Michele says their contribution is likely to be brief, but we still appreciate their speaking out of behalf of our situation!

MMR Vaccine Injured Aidan Quinn's Daughter

Aidan_quinnManaging Editor's Note: We report this story with no joy. Although the story clearly bolsters our dedication to continuing to speak out about the lack of vaccine safety. We're not going away. You can write books that call us "fringe" kooks, you can blog that my hair is ugly or that Dan Olmsted is (insert insult here) or that our readers are "desperate." That's a load of crap. Children are being vaccine injured every day, and have been for a long time. Here's another. God bless her.

Irish Voice, NY  IRISH American actor Aidan Quinn

Ava Quinn has, however, been a joy to her parents, Aidan and his wife Elizabeth Bracco (sister of Lorraine Bracco of Sopranos fame.) But it surely hasn't been easy for the family, which also includes a 10-year-old girl. Ava was, according to her dad, a perfectly normal baby, until she got vaccinated.

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FDA Says Bisphenol A is Safe. JAMA Studies Say Otherwise.

Who_caresHow is it that the FDA is telling Americans that Bisphenol A is still safe when studies are proving otherwise? Yet again, our health takes a backseat to commercial interests.

Association of Urinary Bisphenol A Concentration With Medical Disorders and Laboratory Abnormalities in Adults
        Iain A. Lang, PhD et al
        JAMA. 2008;300(11):(doi:10.1001/jama.300.11.1303).

Read the article HERE.

Bisphenol A and Risk of Metabolic Disorders
        Frederick S. vom Saal and John Peterson Myers
        JAMA. 2008;0(2008):300111353-1355.

Read the article HERE.