April 9, 2014, KPLC 7, Lake Charles LA: Homes for adults with autism giving families peace of mind -
April 8, 2014, USA Today: Social media bring politics to the corner office
April 8, 2014, Washington Times: EDITORIAL: An outbreak of common sense on vaccines
Fifty years ago, autism was only diagnosed in one out of every 10,000 children. Now, the Centers for Disease Control says one in 68 children has the developmental disorder.
That creates a big concern for aging parents as they ask themselves "what's next" for their child with autism.
These stories are always the same. While the national press overwhelmingly denies a real increase in autism and blames bad genes, old dads/moms and fat dads/moms, etc., these local stories show us the reality. The autism generation is aging out of school with nowhere to go. There are waiting lists now. What's going to happen when more and more young adults are added and parents everywhere just can't provide for them anymore?
This is the disaster that will be dumped on the states. No one at the CDC, CNN or the NY Times will be interested. They believe this just can't be happening---these people have always been here.
Likewise, the National Autism Foundation lost the support of Chili's simply because it refuses to condemn parents who choose not to vaccinate their children out of fear of a link between autism and inoculations that include mercury-based preservatives.
Critics - including hundreds who posted comments on Chili's corporate Facebook page - argue that the growing movement against forced vaccinations has allowed diseases once nearly-eradicated in the U.S. to return in greater numbers.
Those diseases, including polio and measles, are sometimes fatal, always debilitating and often terrifying for families who've suffered from them.
So is having an autistic child wander from home, possibly never to return.
I posted comments. (I'm not sure what the comment was all about, since there was no acknowledgement of the lifesaving work of NAA in preventing deaths from wandering.)
The childhood scourge of measles is making a comeback. The highly contagious disease was all but eradicated in the United States more than a decade ago, but an outbreak in California has infected 50 persons so far this year. It's happening largely because people who should know better are taking medical advice from quacks and porn stars.
Even well-meaning restaurant chains like Chili's have become unwitting accomplices in the movement to stop vaccination campaigns. Chili's planned to host a "Give Back Event" on Monday in which 10 percent of customers' checks would be donated to the National Autism Association in recognition of National Autism Awareness month. It appeared to be a harmless philanthropic gesture, except that the autism association reveals its true agenda on its website, saying that "vaccines can trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children."
The notion that vaccines and autism are linked was born in 1998 when a medical researcher named Andrew Wakefield falsified data to create the appearance that a common vaccine led to an increase in rates of autism. The British medical journal The Lancet formally retracted the study, conceding that "evidence" had been falsified. Mr. Wakefield lost his medical license.
The media is in a frenzy to attack anyone linking vaccines and autism and they'll sink to any level to do it. I posted comments.
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