Aug 20, 2014, King5 TV Seattle: Seattle Children's changes lives of young adults with autism
Aug 20, 2014, Discover Magazine: Robert Kennedy Jr. and Mark Hyman to Appear on Dr. Oz Show - Collide-a-Scape
King5 TV Seattle " What happens when they age out of the school system? Then what?"
Children on the autism spectrum and their families have more resources than ever before, but a gap existed when they aged out of the school system.
Now, Seattle Children's Hospital is helping fill that need with a program that started with this family's dream.
Autism mom: "You know, we spend our lives in the first 21 years of their lives getting our children ready to go out in the community. The reality is right now our community is not ready for children like Alyssa."
I posted this comment:
Dr. Gary Stobee: "We've made great progress in early intervention services and inclusion in schools. We're hoping we're going to see similar progress in this next generation to come for our adults.
Stobee's statement seems to imply that for some unknown reason, we've been failing to provide for this large segment of the population in the past.
While it is encouraging to see such positive things being done to address the needs of adults with autism, one very important question remains: Why can't these young adults simply access existing programs for autistic adults? And if there simply aren't any, what does that tell us about autism? A once rare disorder is now so common that everyone knows someone with an autistic child and mainstream medicine can't tell us why. U.S. health officials have attributed the explosion in autism to better diagnosing by doctors and an expanded definition, still no one has been able to show us a comparable rate among adults--especially adults with severe forms of autism whose symptoms are easily recognized.
There is no known cause or cure for autism. There's nothing a doctor can tell a new mother whose baby was born healthy and is developing normally so that her child doesn't lose learned skills and regress into autism by age two.
This is what's happened to the autism rate:
In 1994 the definition of autism was broaden and the numbers increased dramatically.
1995: 1 in 500
2001: 1 in 250
2004: 1 in 166
2007: 1 in 150
2009: 1 in 110
2012: 1 in 88
2014: 1 in 68
Two months ago Dr. Stephanie Seneff, research scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), made a dire prediction: "At today's rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic."
We need to do more than just provide services for the next generation because we'll never be able to afford it. We need to honestly address what's happening to our children.
UPDATE: On the same day (August 20) that Kennedy taped a segment on the Dr. Oz show, he was interviewed on Good Day New York (a Fox affiliate), and the Leonard Lopate radio show. Lopate was very skeptical of Kennedy's claims and challenged him with good questions.
My posted comment:
During his interview on My Fox New York, Kennedy made a number of critical statements, one of which needs to be addressed. He said,
"And that's what we've said, show me a single scientific publication that says that thimerosal is safe and I will walk away from this issue. But I couldn't find one and we had the best science researchers in America looking for this for three years. We couldn't find a single publication to support CDC's statements."
Show us the science. Thimerosal was invented by the drug company Eli Lilly in 1930. They tested it on 22 patients dying of meningitis who were all dead by the end of the study. No matter, Eli Lilly said it was safe and after the creation of the FDA, its use was just continued. Seventy-five years after it was created, as the controversy over vaccines and autism grew more heated, the CDC came up with a number of population studies showing no link between thimerosal and autism. (These studies are the weakest kind of science, easily flawed and the results manipulated.)
Regardless, health officials don't have a single toxicological study showing mercury in vaccines is safe. Not one.
That is the simple truth.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.