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Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Read Anne's commentary after the jump.
April 25, 2013, The Province: YouDocs: Absolutely no link between vaccines and autism, so get you and your children inoculated

April 25, 2013, NBC 6 South Florida: Miami-Dade County Public Schools Throw Massive Prom for Students With Autism

April 25, 2013, Union (SC) Times: Creating awareness of Autism

April 25, 2013, WHEC Rochester, NY: Autism Awareness Month

April 25, 2013, UK Telegraph: Mother of autistic boy still fears MMR vaccine

April 24, 2013, Boston Globe: Parents applaud autism study recommendations Autism study suggests new model for providing services

The Province
Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen: "The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yet another study showing there's absolutely no link between vaccines and autism, and that overall adverse effects are rare. ...

"But the suspicion that vaccinations are linked to developmental problems in children is widespread."
I can't believe these two smiling doctors had the nerve to make this ridiculous claim in the face of so much evidence showing just the opposite.  I posted 12 comments.

NBC 6 South Florida

"Dressed in their gowns and tuxedos -- senior prom is a special time for high school student everywhere, and for the third year, Miami Dade County Public Schools threw a massive party for more than 600 students with autism."
It's hard to know how to talk about this. YES! I want every autistic student to participate in every aspect of high school! But .... look at this story.  A prom for 600 high school students with autism in Dade County Florida. 600!  And no one knows why they have autism. Likewise, no one knows where they'll all end up someday after high school.  Very strong forces are making autism into a normal and acceptable part of childhood. No comment. I had nothing to say.
Union (SC) Times

"According to the Autism Speaks website, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. Government statistics suggest the prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually. There is no established explanation for this increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered. Studies suggest boys are more likely than girls to develop autism and receive the diagnosis three to four times more frequently. Current estimates are that in the U.S. alone, one out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism."

This is a perfect example of why we're losing credibility. Here's a feel-good piece from Union, SC.
An autism fundraiser only seeks "awareness."

Autism Speaks only asks us to "know the signs."
The rate is wrong. We're told it's one in 110, but no matter, one in 50 wouldn't be a matter of concern either.

Prevalence is increasing 10-17 percent a year because of "improved diagnosis" and something vaguely referred to as "environmental influences."

There are endless stories like this. They're everywhere. Why should anyone be alarmed about autism? Why look for causes when autism seems a natural and acceptable part of childhood?
Isn't that what April is all about?
WHEC Rochester, NY

I hate this kind of coverage. It's 4 minutes of autism-is-not-so-bad-all-we-need-are-services.
No explanation for why this darling seven year old has autism.
She's obviously happy. Mom's not worried. A couple more years of April-Autism Awareness and anyone raising concerns about an epidemic will be seen as totally irrelevant. (Which is what I feel like after seeing this feel-good report.) There was no place for comments.
UK Telegraph

The reporter said that "Wakefield was completely discredited" for daring to point out a relationship that he was seeing in children who regressed into autism and bowel disease following the MMR vaccine. If that were really true the controversy would have died out years ago. 
Boston Globe
"When Michael Borr's son, who is now 23 years old, was diagnosed with autism in the early 1990s, the prevalence of the developmental disorder was around 1 in 10,000 children, he says. Now it's 1 in 88.

"'I used to say the tsunami's coming,' said Borr, chairman of Waltham-based Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts. 'The tsunami's not coming. It's here.'

"Borr and other advocates of increased support services say they're hopeful that recommendations contained in a report released last month by the state Autism Commission will lead to improvements in how services are offered to people living with the disorder. In its report, the state commission, created in 2010, outlines dozens of recommendations that touch on housing, schooling, insurance, and employment, among other areas.

"State Senator Richard Ross, a Wrentham Republican who is on the Autism Commission, cautioned that funding will be an issue in attempting to implement the recommendations....

"The causes of autism - and of the increase in prevalence - are not fully understood, although Borr said better diagnostics are likely responsible for part of the rising number of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum...."

The tsunami is here but the funding is not.  It simply doesn't make sense that there are 75,000 people in MA with ASD. That number comes from applying the rate of autism across the population--and no one has ever been able to do that. The autism numbers come from studies of CHILDREN. A once rare disorder is now so common that everyone knows someone with an autistic child and mainstream medicine is at a loss to tell us why it's happening. Officially, autism has no known cause or cure. There's nothing a new mother can do to prevent her child that was born healthy and is developing normally from also ending up on the autism spectrum by age two. Experts tell us that 80 percent of Americans with autism are under the age of 18. Imagine the drain on social services in MA when the generation of children with autism ages out of school and is dependent on the taxpayers of the state. Maybe when this happens we'll finally address autism as the health care emergency that it truly is.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.



We need regression awareness. Everyone thinks all kids are born with autism. March should be Regression Awareness Month (with a red light instead of a blue light).


More from the UK media on private schools... the comments are of the Monty Python school of education, hilarious.


I hate to say it, but I feel the only answer people will have for this is genocide. Look at the course of hiistory. I pray for my kids.


Thought you might be interested in this choice piece of media headline from the Daily Mail. Poor old Prof is annoyed.
In the UK we have still got our great 'Public Schools' or confusingly as you will understand them 'Private Schools' and the Government thankfully can't touch em!! Yeah!!
Long live Independant Schools and long live independant thinking.....

cherry sperlin misra

A few days back I sat with an American pediatrician who explained that the reason why her child's school could not provide music and art classes was because the special needs classes are eating up the school funds. She began with "I hate to say it, but.." Whats the word here, friends .."Irony"? I think we need a stronger word.


Anne Dachel,

I thought that you may be interested in the latest from Australia.

Check-out what the Australian Skeptic [sic] (Rachel Dunlop), is writing about vaccines!

We all know her links with "Big Pharma" so this latest scaremongering is only proof that more and more parents are realising the damages that are caused by the vaccines- including Autism.

Elizabeth Gillespie


They will never find the cause of autism because there is no money to be made in that only lost (lawsuits).
They will develop a wave of new medications to "help" those with autism because that is profitable for politicians(bribes), media (advertising) and big pharma (profits).

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