By Anne Dachel
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Nov 19, 2014, Washington Post: Pope's call to help the vulnerable turns to the autistic at Vatican conference
Nov 19, 2014, TheWrap.com: Jerry Seinfeld Flip-Flops on Autism Remarks
Citing Pope Francis's call to "draw near to new forms of .?.?. vulnerability," the Vatican will host its first-ever event on autism this week. . . . .
Bob and Suzanne Wright, Catholics and co-founders of the major U.S. advocacy group Autism Speaks, will give a presentation at the conference.
"We speak at colleges and places like that, but they don't reach large audiences," said Bob Wright, former chairman of NBC/Universal and grandfather of a teenage boy with autism. "Then we started with the religious aspect, but the problem is there aren't any leaders who have large numbers. Most religions are split up. We zeroed in on the pope, and this pope in particular, because he has such a gift for reaching out to people, and he wants the church to be more inclusive."
Organizing any conference on autism - which affects one in every 68 children, according to Autism Speaks - is challenging because of the range of opposing views on such issues as the role of vaccines in autism spectrum disorder. The conference doesn't appear to touch on vaccines but includes a presentation on other potential environmental impacts.
With this attitude.......the truth will be nicely covered up.
Comedian says he's not actually on the spectrum for the disorder
The autism spectrum officially does not extend to Jerry Seinfeld.
Backing away from comments he recently made on "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams," the "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" funnyman told "Access Hollywood" that he is not, contrary to his previous insinuations, on the autism spectrum.
Hopefully Jerry read what Kim Stagliano had to say in the Washington Post: For some parents of autistic children, Jerry Seinfeld's self-diagnosis was 'a slap in the face.'
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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 is on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.