SafeMinds joins the autism community in mourning the death of Dr. Jeff Bradstreet. Jeff was remarkable. Always working so hard for our autistic children, recognizing that they suffered from comorbid conditions long before the medical establishment. You see, Jeff was one of us, a parent of an autistic child. He understood our heartbreak, our hope, our struggles, and our happiness over the “small” things: a new word, better behavior for one day at school, more smiles indicating our child felt better… a brown, formed poop. He rejoiced when we rejoiced. With his death, there is a hole left in the universe; and a Grand Canyon sized gap in the autism community.
Jeff wasn’t just an autism clinician treating our kids. Following a protocol that seemed to work for one child, then forcing our children’s square needs into round holes. He searched for answers for every child’s medical needs knowing that every child was an individual.
Jeff was a thinker… always making things happen. Publishing science. Understanding that every research paper adds to the knowledge needed to tackle and stop the autism epidemic. He collaborated with so many other doctors in the US and other countries, continuing the vision of Dr. Bernie Rimland, who wanted autism doctors to share their knowledge of what was working.
Jeff was a hard working autism advocate as well, traveling on his own dime to talk to Congressmen, Senators and government agency leaders about the biomedical needs of his patients that might help direct the government science to more fruitful areas. His input was invaluable to the meetings. His knowledge of the biomedical needs of the kids was unsurpassed. He forgot more than many doctors know. Read more here.