Maybe the Bismarck (ND) Tribune is the most honest newspaper in the U.S. when it comes to acknowledging what’s happening to our children. On a daily basis the mainstream media admits nothing when it comes to autism. They’re not sure of the definition of autism. They don’t know if there’s really been an increase in the number of affected children. (The one in 88 kids/one in every 54 boys could just be more better diagnosing.) And they certainly have no idea what's causing autism—except that it just couldn’t be the ever-expanding vaccination schedule.
Here’s where an article in the Bismarck Tribune really was outstanding. Instead of pretending that autism has always been around—we just didn’t notice it, the June 6, 2012 article, Awareness walk for Autism, made it clear that more and more kids are becoming autistic and that’s not about to change.
The subject of the story was the annual walk for autism to be held this coming Saturday and two things the reporter included really got my attention. Jessica Claymore, a therapist at the Children’s Advocacy Center who works with autistic children, conceded that "the rise in the autism spectrum has caused a shift in professional diagnoses. In a few years they will treat autism as a part of human nature."
In addition, we were told, “The number of children with autism continues to rise, today the numbers are one in 88 but health professionals are estimating in another two years it will be one in 40.”
There was also the usual lack of any explanation for the soaring numbers. “The increase does not seem to follow a specific pattern or cause of why people develop the disorder.”
What was really frightening was the casual admission that there’s nothing we can do; autism has won. We don’t’ know why it’s happening. We can’t stop it. We’d better just learn to live with a lot of sick and disabled kids. Imagine if the subject were kids with measles or whooping cough. Then there’d be alarm. There’d be talk of prevention. There’d be a call to action. But for autism, there’s only hopelessness and helplessness. I guess they’re having a walk because there’s nothing else they can do.
I posted a comment on the article saying, “This blind acceptance of autism makes no sense. Whenever we talk about autism, we're always talking about children with autism.
“We need to stop the epidemic. The one in 88 rate comes from studies of eight year olds, not eighty year olds. No one has ever shown us a comparable rate among adults and that simple fact should scare us all.”
I hope it’ll get some people to question the points made in the piece.
Few papers will ever publish a story like this. Mainstream news outlets never project the numbers getting worse and they’re usually busy trying to downplay the current horrific rate. This story didn’t do that. The Tribune made it clear that when it comes to autism, we have surrendered. Autism is going to consume more and more of our children and we’ll do nothing except watch the numbers get worse. If, as the story announced, “in another two years it will be one in 40,” then should we assume that two years later it’ll one in 20? Two years after that, will every child have an autism diagnosis and will being human mean having autism?
One member of the autism community reacted to the story by saying that it “gives new meaning to the slogan, ‘Every Child By Two.’”
Maybe instead of the title, “Awareness walk for Autism,” a better headline would have been, “Walking off a cliff for autism in North Dakota.”
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism. Subscribe to her news feed at AnneDachel.com.