Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee biased against environmental studies
IACC head Dr. Thomas Insel has failed in his duty to effectively and responsibly allocate federal research money for autism, according to the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy. A July 2012 report says Insel has been transparently biased against studies of environmental causes of autism, especially mercury-containing childhood vaccines.
The federal panel charged with allocating funds for autism research has squandered hundreds of millions in taxpayer money on ideological, nonscientific priorities. Its decisions have been financially irresponsible and practically ineffective. Its chairman should be fired and many board members replaced.
So says the Brooklyn-based Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) in a stinging critique of autism policy under the Bush and Obama administrations titled "A Critical Review of the Performance of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee" (IACC).
"From the controversial appointment or retention of committee representatives, to the troublesome history of committee members themselves, to the lack of accountability for the few advances made in autism research, to the questionable direction of the Strategic Plan, it is fair to state that the IACC is not living up to Congress’ and the public’s expectations," the July 10, 2012, report says.
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