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July 15, 2014, Autism File: Meet Lou Conte, author of the blockbuster novel "The Autism War": A Must-Read!

July 13, 2014, WDRB 41 Louisville:  Local salons fundraising for Bluegrass Center for Autism

July 12, 2014, Belleville (IL) News Democrat: 'A way of life': Belleville educator creates summer program for kids with autism | Education

July 11, 2014, Montreal Gazette: Misconduct by researchers can have lasting effects

July 11, 2014, National Geographic: The Sexual Politics of Autism

Autism File

Law enforcement officer, parent, and advocate Lou Conte is creating quite a stir in the autism community with the publication of his novel The Autism War earlier this year.  A medical thriller that not only reflects the ongoing battles between parents who believe their children were injured by vaccines and the powerful forces trying to silence them, but also points out some of the many struggles autism families face on a day-to-day basis.  Autism File Editor-in-Chief Polly Tommey and Mr. Conte visited recently to discuss the many parallels between the book’s plot and characters to the real-life events and people in the autism/vaccine-injury debate. 

Belleville (IL) News Democrat:

WDRB 41 Louisville

Autism is a growing epidemic in our country, but fortunately a local center is here to help.

"It's been life changing because we were in a really dark place," said Shawna Blair, a parent and stylist at Blades Salon and Spa.

You will never see a major network, CNN NBC, Fox, ever call autism "a growing epidemic."  The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune---will never use the "E" word when talking about autism.

They've all been well-schooled to pretend that regardless of the rate, all the autism is normal and acceptable.   BUT... these local news stories--where they actually talk about THE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM--do recognize that autism is AN EPIDEMIC and it's a crisis of needs that are not being met.  Listen to the news anchor and the parents being interviewed.  Parents are left on their own to come up with ways to accommodate their kids' disability.  It's a pretty pathetic situation for a nation that claims to have the best health care/education system in the world. 

The really big puzzle/mystery

You will never see a major network, CNN NBC, Fox, ever call autism "a growing epidemic."  The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune---will never use the "E" word when talking about autism.

They've all been well-schooled to pretend that regardless of the rate, all the autism is normal and acceptable.   BUT... these local news stories--where they actually talk about THE CHILDREN WITH AUTISM--do recognize that autism is AN EPIDEMIC and it's a crisis of needs that are not being met.  Listen to the news anchor and the parents being interviewed.  Parents are left on their own to come up with ways to accommodate their kids' disability.  It's a pretty pathetic situation for a nation that claims to have the best health care in the world. 

The really big puzzle/mystery about autism is the fact that NO ONE ASKS WHY.  Even the people who acknowledge that more and more children have autism can't seem to bring themselves to demand answers. 

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Belleville (IL) News Democrat

When Chris Gibson saw a need for a summer camp for children with autism, the Belleville educator created one in her own backyard for 10 children. Now four years later, the ADAPT4Autism camp has grown to 40 children and is held at Christ Church in Fairview Heights. .  . .

Gibson, 39, of Belleville, who works full time as the autism consultant for Belleville School District 118, said she can't believe how much ADAPT4Autism has accomplished over the last four years.

"We've gone from that backyard experience where I served 10 kids to now serving over 100 families," with programs throughout the year, she said. . .

"Sigh". . .   This lady saw a need.  The number of participants is growing. 

I personally have questions:

Why aren't there summer camps like this everywhere?  How unfeeling, selfish, and blind have we been that we've done nothing for these disabled kids in the past? 

Chris Gibson is 39.  She doesn't acknowledge that this a steadily increasing problem that no one can explain.  Autism is now an accepted fact of life for children in America.  Every mother who gives birth to a son should be advised that her baby has a greater than 2 percent chance of developing autism.  Learn the signs.  We can't prevent it.  Autism is the mysterious malady that strikes without warning.  There's nothing a mother can do.

We're almost to the point, after years and years of steady propaganda about autism, where we EXPECT children to be autistic.  Think about it.  If the government, the media,  the medical community, educators, and parents seem so accepting, individual moms and dads learn to quietly hope for some help---and never ask why.

I remember one parent group meeting I was at over 10 years ago where a mom asked why there were so many children today with autism.  She couldn't understand it.  She had never known a child like her daughter when she was growing up.  ...No one said anything.  I don't think any of us had ever thought about it.  Nothing else was said.

Seriously...autism is now 'a way of life' for children.  A very appropriate headline for this piece.

Read more here:

Montreal Gazette

Actress Jenny McCarthy may have helped the anti-vaccination movement pick up steam with her assertion that childhood vaccines may cause autism, but the real reason there has recently been an alarming resurgence of measles is because of a research study that fuelled the idea that childhood vaccines could be harmful.

In a recent study, the American Academy of Pediatrics found many critical flaws with that paper and a second Wakefield paper, including the fact that the incidence of autism in both vaccinated and unvaccinated children was never studied. It also outlined four subsequent studies that have been done showing that MMR vaccines do not cause autism.

This is AN OPINION PIECE--it trashes Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Wakefield as the people responsible for the "anti vaccination movement."  (How would the press cover up this controversy if they didn't have Jenny and Andy to blame?)  There are never two sides to this issue, according to the media.

In addition, Karen Seidman refers to a vaccinated/unvaccinated study and the claim that it's never been done, as if it has been. 

There's no comment section here, so I can't point out all the FACTS that dispute everything Seidman writes about. 

Reporters continue to do what they're told.  They exclusively rely on the claims of federal health officials and mainstream medicine and present them as fact.  They never talk to those who challenge the belief in a one-size-fits-all vaccination schedule.  AND THEY NEVER EVER SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH A GENERATION OF SICK CHILDREN THAT NO ONE CAN REASONABLY EXPLAIN.

National Geographic by Virginia Hughes

Imagine you walked down the street and asked random people what autism is. What would they say? My guess:They'd talk about social skills, and the rising prevalence, and probably the vaccine nonsense. And they'd almost certainly mention that it happens to boys

The idea that autism is a mostly male disorder is pervasive in the news, pop culture, and scientific circles. And it's not just an academic curiosity. Last year a popular fertility clinic in Sydney, Australia, reported that about five percent of couples went through in vitro fertilization just so they could select a female embryo and thus lower the kid's risk of developing autism.

The sex skew in autism is real: A diagnosis of autism is almost five times more common in 8-year-old boys than in 8-year-old girls, according to the latest statistics from the CDC.

Imagine you walked down the street and asked random people what autism is. What would they say? My guess:They'd talk about social skills, and the rising prevalence, and probably thevaccine nonsense. And they'd almost certainly mention that it happens to boys

National Geographic has been a strong supporter of vaccine safety over the last few years.  .

It seems there are "diagnostic biases" when it comes to autism.  Of course this has nothing to do with with autism is really doing to our children.  National Geographic doesn't even give us the autism rate. 

All I can gather from this is that we should find MORE GIRLS WITH AUTISM.

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Comments

John Stone

Alli

A very interesting point. In fact the book seems to have gone through about 5 editions between 1943 and 1965 - so between the point where the condition was first identified but was vanishingly rare to the time when Rimland first published (Kanner apparently endorsing his view that the condition was an impairment rather psychogenic). I wonder whether they ever got round to mentioning it?

I wonder indeed when it became a significant risk worth mentioning in standard books about child development?

PS I remember an anecdote (can't remember who told it) about a veteran US psychiatrist who heard Kanner speaking about autism in the late 40s - thought it was all fascinating - and then waited 15 years before he actually encountered a case.

John

Alli Edwards

Anne,

I bought a book from an old book shop the other day called 'Child Development' by Breckenridge and Vincent, from 1960, publisher W.B. Saunders Company (Philadelphia
And London).
There is not one single mention of the word 'autism'.....anywhere.....yet the condition existed at that time. Now everyone knows someone with autism, it's in every school, and in every child development book or article published.


Twyla

Although the Montreal Gazette does not provide space for comments, the writer's email address is shown at the end of the article. It would be great if a lot of people could email her why you believe your child's autism was caused by vaccines - your experiences, the research you have read, etc.

Rae

A National Geographic article claiming that few girls get autism is illustrated by an image of a girl with autism.

@Bob

Hilariously, David Gorski ("Orac") pleads his case that he's not in it for the money today in his latest screed, "And they Say I'm in it for the Money." In reality, he and all his blogging/writing friends like Willingham, Mnookin, Deer, Hughes etc. etc. (many general interest "reporters," too) at Forbes or "Science"blogs get more money with more controversy, comments. They are the biggest hucksters around. Capitalism based on suppressing real science about the disaster that is autism. Be proud of the role you are playing. The damage continues...

BoB Moffitt

Anne asks:

"How would the press cover up this controversy if they didn't have Jenny and Andy to blame?"

The "press" relentlessly continues to demonize Jenny and Andy .. using them as props .. much like waving a "bloody shirt" .. to decieve the public into believing it is "they" who are evil.

Anne writes:

"Reporters continue to do what they're told. They exclusively rely on the claims of federal health officials and mainstream medicine and present them as fact."

With all due respect to Anne .. in my humble opinion they do not deserve the label "reporters". They are nothing more than gainfully employed "willing dupes" .. "useful idiots" .. shame on all of them.

False scientists make me laugh

Really, what a big nothing the National Geographic article is. Duh, there are also girls diagnosed with autism, maybe they are slighty underreported. So that means basically the numbers could be even higher? Yet, as Anne, Maureen mention, NG or Virginia Hughes couldn't care less. More "Science"blog bullcrap that they think is 'quirky interesting', not a crisis. NG: not genuine.

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