Note: As we enter Primary Election Season, we'll be writing about (and to) all of the candidates. Below, Anne Dachel expands upon an interview to add more pressing questions about the autism epidemic. Questions it's likely that no candidate will want to address.
By Anne Dachel
Andrew Wakefield made some very important comments during his talk in early Dec, 2015 in Green Bay, WI.
Besides giving us shocking statistics on how autism will bankrupt this country while officials look on unconcerned, he announced a documentary that he's been working on to be released in April, right in time to be an issue in the 2016 presidential election. It will cover the fraud and cover-up on the part of government officials concerning vaccines and autism.
(And how could a disorder affecting 2 percent of U.S. children with no known cause or cure not be a worthy subject for the candidates?)
Here is what Hillary Clinton had to say about autism on Dec 29.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, spoke at a town hall meeting about developmental disabilities and autism. December 29, 2015 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
When a young audience member asked about her plans for dealing with those disabled with autism, this was Clinton's three minute response:
Great question. ....I was very proud that the United States became the first nation in the world to open schools to people with disabilities. ....I worked on that when I was with the Children's Defense Fund, and we went door-to-door asking people, "Do you have a school-age child not in school?"
We found blind kids, kids in wheelchairs, and kids with behavioral problems, and then gave all that data to the Congress. The Congress acted and schools were opened, and then the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed--another great accomplishment, a bi-partisan accomplishment, that really made a huge difference. So now we have to do more to make sure we provide supportive housing, that we support families. The biggest concern people talk to me about when they have children with disabilities, in particular autism, is, what happens when they're no longer there to take care of their children and how will that work out.
I'm actually rolling out a plan about autism in about a week where I talk about all the different things we need to do to try to support families and people who are diagnosed as on the autism spectrum disorders.
How many of you know somebody with autism?
Well you know the latest data from the Centers on Disease Control is that one out of 68 children have some feature that would place them on the autism spectrum, so that's something we need to deal with.
We'll be addressing that.
I guess my line would be, we as communities need to support families, need to support people with disabilities so they can so as far as their talent, their hard work, their skills will take them. And I think there are a lot of opportunities we're just learning about that we can apply, and that I will talk about when I roll this out.
It was exasperating to listen to Hillary Clinton talk about autism with absolutely no agenda except for support.
She asked audience members which ones knew someone with autism and her response to the number of hands immediately raised was, "Wow."
Wow? Hillary Clinton is 68 years old. How much autism did she see when she was growing up? I don't care if the label "autism" was out there, did she know children with the symptoms of autism when she was growing up in Chicago in the 1950s?
I take umbrage at her insinuation that until the Individuals with Disabilities Act was passed in 1975 and updated in later years, these children were neglected. For over 100 years, the state of Wisconsin has provided homes and care for people with developmental disabilities. In 1895, a state home for the disabled was established here in my little city of Chippewa Falls with over 1,000 acres, as well as similar sites in other places in Wisconsin. Since the 1820s, Wisconsin has provided education and training for the blind. Since the 1850s Wisconsin has had state facilities for both the blind and the deaf to help them achievement full and productive lives. Many of my relatives were teachers for the disabled. I can't imagine that other states were not equally involved in addressing the needs of the disabled.
Clinton seems to imply that until her work on IDEA, all these people were left at home to fend for themselves. Clinton worked on the Children's Defense Fund right out of college. How much autism did she see back then? When she went door-to-door forty years ago, how many parents had a child who couldn't speak, was in diapers as a teenager, had been a normally developing baby but regressed, and who would bolt out the door and into traffic?
(BTW...I have no personal animosity against Democrats or Republicans. I've been to both Democratic and Republican congressional offices in Washington advocating for autism and I've been snubbed equally by both. I remember distinctly the treatment at Herb Kohl's office, Republican, and Dave Obey's, Democrat. Both leading politicians refused to do anything. I remember the trips to Washington quite clearly, even after 10 years.)
I would love to attend one of Hillary Clintons speeches and ask her about autism. I would have more specific questions (highlighted in boldface.)
You cited an autism rate of one in every 68 children. Did you know that in Nov, 2015, the CDC has updated that number to now one in every 45 children?
Is that at all concerning?
With every increase we are told that officials don't know if the new numbers mean more children have autism. Instead they tell us that it may all be due to "better diagnosing and an expanded spectrum," although the definition of autism was expanded back in 1994.
When will the increases stop?
Why is it that we all know a child or young adult with autism, but very few people know someone who's middle-aged or elderly with autism?
Ms Clinton, you mention that autism parents have told you that their "biggest concern" is what will happen to their autistic children when they're no longer here to care for them.
Why is that? If autism has always been here, as doctors and experts tell us, why won't autistic children be able to live out their lives where affected adults are currently living? And where is that? Why can't our health officials, who've never expressed alarm over the soaring rates of children with autism, show us the adult population? These agencies get billions of tax dollars to run health care in the U.S. and they've never referred to autism as crisis.
Ms Clinton, you don't seem to be concerned about what is causing so many children today to be labeled on the autism spectrum. Are you aware that in August, 2015, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey made an official plea in the House begging for congressional action on charges made by a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that his agency had covered up evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism?
Will you look into this charge made by Dr. William Thompson?
Ms Clinton, for years HHS/DOJ/Federal Court of Claims has recognized and compensated autism as a vaccine injury at the same time the CDC has been adamant that their vaccine program is not related to autism. How can millions of dollars be paid to some children who become autistic after vaccination, while many others are denied compensation?
This would be only the beginning of the many questions I would have for any candidate running for the presidency in 2016. Right up there with health care and terrorism should be AUTISM. During the next ten years half a million children with autism will age out of school with no place to go. The next president better worry about this. It's going to be happening under their watch.