Listen in live via conference call. Details below. You might want to re-read JB Handley's piece
 Grinker's Stinker: His Wife Runs the IACC before you listen in. I assume they're going to have everyone on mute. If they don't? Give our love to Joyce. Ask her if she still believes that there's no autism epidemic like her husband.

There will be a meeting of the Strategic Planning Workgroup formed by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) on Monday, April 21st from 11 am to 6 pm EST.

Workgroup members will review current funding for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research, proposed research initiatives and resources. They will then discuss and make recommendations on prioritization of research initiatives for the IACC strategic plan for ASD research.

The workgroup meeting will be open to the public through a conference call phone number and a web presentation tool on the Internet.

Members of the public who participate using the conference call phone number will be able to listen to the meeting but will not be heard. There may be an opportunity for members of the public to submit written comments during the workgroup meeting through the web presentation tool. Submitted comments will be reviewed after the meeting.

Individuals who plan to use these electronic services and need special assistance, such as captioning of the conference call or other reasonable accommodations, should submit a request to Tanya Pryor.

Tanya Pryor
Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 6187, MSC 9669
Rockville, MD 20892-9669
Phone: 301-443-7153
Fax: 301-480-4415

To register for the meeting, please go to the link below:


The conference call phone number is 1-641-715-3222 and the access code is 693-119-101.

If you experience any technical problems with the conference call phone number or web presentation tool, please contact GoToMeeting at 888-259-8414.

For more information on the IACC, please see the link below:




No ruckus=no attention.
No attention=nobody on our side gets to sit at the table.
No quality tough diplomacy = no results/change.

One without the other won't work.

I couldn't sit at the table. I'd probably freak out and jump accross the table and kick some Ass! Nothing would get accomplished. I consider some of these people evil, not misguided do-gooders.

If you/we need people to make a stink-I'm your guy.
Age of Autism ROCKS!

Kelli Ann Davis


Can’t tell for sure what the intent is behind your comment considering your “signature” but what you’ve stated is a given. I think just about everyone in our community “gets that” -- left to their own devices, no one in the “establishment” is going to *voluntarily* do any research which would implicate vaccines.

So then we’re left with two choices at that point: we can sit back and let the millions be spent on whatever they decide without having any input or we can *try* and interject ourselves into the process.

(Hint: I’m not willing to sit by and twiddle my thumbs)

THAT was the point of yesterday’s meeting. Everyone in that room knew where Mark stood on this issue – his message was strong and consistent.

Diplomacy has nothing to do with *watering* down the message -- rather it has EVERYTHING to do with the method of *approach*. I think sometimes people forget that fact and automatically think "sitting down at the table" equates with "weakness of message."

Case in point: At the recent NVAC meeting in DC during my public comment time I made it very clear that I didn’t think Lisa Randall’s involvement in the meeting was a good decision considering that she worked for IAC which is funded by 5 Pharmaceutical companies and two branches of the CDC.

Diplomatic? Yes. Wimpy? Never.

Sandy Gottstein

Hey, Ruckus? I think you may be right. Maybe I didn't make the point very well, but that was the conclusion I drew in the AofA column I wrote awhile back called, "WHY SO LITTLE HELP FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN?" (http://www.ageofautism.com/2008/02/why-so-little-h.html ). It certainly seems to be the only conclusion that makes any sense, it least in my mind.

All the best,


Could it be there is no standardized coding system for autism research because they don't really want to spend any dollars on autism. Maybe the thought process is, nobody is going to make us do this so why bother. Because if someone were to do some *real* autism research the finger would come back to vaccines - in a big way. Now who would want to do such a thing?

Kelli Ann Davis


I can’t believe they don’t have a STANDARDIZED coding system for autism research!

How do we REALLY know how much they’ve spent over the years???

You’d think coding would be the FIRST STEP.

YIKES folks!

Kelli Ann Davis


And so *exactly* how do you propose to “stop the insane vaccination schedule” specifically?

By YELLING at buildings? By issuing threats to those who have the power to make the necessary changes?? Do you honestly think they are going to be “open” to what you have to say if you approach them in that way?

And how do you plan on “winning” this battle without research to back you up? Do you honestly think stepping into a courtroom without enough solid research and yelling at the judge to “LISTEN TO US” is going to win your case???

I’m not suggesting that *ruckus* isn’t necessary – quite the contrary – we need it and I think JB is one of the best when it comes to this. But, the fact is, both ruckus AND diplomacy are needed to “get what we want” and this meeting tomorrow is all about DIPLOMACY.

Approximately $650 million has been allocated to autism research over the next ten years due to CAA.

Personally, I can’t think of ANYONE better suited to be in that room tomorrow than Mark Blaxill, Martha Herbert, and Lyn Redwood (to name a few). Their efforts will help in making sure that money is directed towards the research that will help us in “making our case” stronger!

About 2 ½ years ago, Mark and I spoke to a leader of a major AID’s organization. We were “picking his brain” on the processes they used to get the change they wanted and I was surprised that many of the points he was making our community was already doing.

There was one statement that he made which I will never forget and I believe it’s extremely important to remember:

“While there were hundreds of thousands of marchers on the Mall outside, I was sitting inside the White House discussing our issue with the Vice President.”

Bottom Line: Ruckus AND Diplomacy are needed and I, for one, am thankful that Mark, Martha and Lyn are willing to devote their personal time and energy to this important issue.



"Workgroup members will review current funding for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research, proposed research initiatives and resources. They will then discuss and make recommendations on prioritization of research initiatives for the IACC strategic plan for ASD research."

Ah good, yet more waste of taxpayer dollars. Nice thing to do when the economy is sinking. More goofballs with still more goofball initiatives.

Let me say this once more - THERE IS NO RESEARCH TO BE DONE. STOP the insane vaccination schedule, and autism WILL go away. LISTEN TO US, yes I am screaming now. STOP wasting everyones valuable TIME on empty agendas, precious lives are being lost each day.

You will be unable to stem the tide of disease that will wash over into your lives. This once upon a time great superpower will bite the dust. There will be no man (or woman) worthy enough left to run this country. The losses will be so great there will be no resources to fix the infrastructure that is breaking, people will rise in revolt. All will come to naught, mend your ways before its too late. I am warning you yet again.

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