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A Sad Announcement from Age of Autism

Dan headshot for bookWe are heartbroken to announce that our dear friend, our brilliant colleague, journalist par excellence, dedicated book co-author, the heart, soul and leader of our "rebel alliance," Dan Olmsted,  passed away this weekend. 

Age of Autism has been a family for many years, and to all of you, we send our condolences, as we are grateful for yours. 

We will share more information as it becomes available. And the rebel alliance will carry on in his name, we assure you.

Mark Blaxill, Kim Stagliano and the entire Age of Autism Team


Morag MacDonald Lyons

who wrote for Dan a requiem
what a wonderful thing to come across and read
in the middle of such sad circumstances
In my ignorance I did not even know what a requeim was
thank you ,your words will be very comforting to people. very wise words of comfort
aye fond kiss eddie reader sings a comforting farewell to dear Dan
but people are never forgotten
even in the buildings in the castles UK It says
Royals at Rest
"Above lofty timbers .the walls around are bare , echoching to our laughter .as though the dead were there "

John Stone


It is distressing to see this stuff, and significant to see the way it is structured. Of course, it does not make any direct personal claims about Dan, but it makes sweeping false claims about the present state of vaccine science, and no doubt it will be maintained by a pharmaceutical guard which will change anything back in seconds and probably automatically. By implication it makes Dan sound eccentric, flate earthist etc., but what they are actually doing is discrediting Wiki as a source.

The problem that we actually confront is that as these bullies become less and less credible their power becomes more and more frightening.

Kate C

I am so sorry. When I found this website, I felt hope again. I hadn't felt hope since meeting Andrew Wakefield. It was just so obvious that Dan and the other contributors wanted to help our kids.


During this sad time, I am troubled by a HUGELY misleading and defamatory article that I read about Dan on Wikipedia. It isn't right that this misinformation stands. Anyone that can help me edit this site, I would appreciate it. Tom. I have a Wikipedia account, but I never edited an article before, and can't figure out how to do it.

Tom Petrie

This is very sad news....

My heart and prayers go out for Dan and to his family during this difficult time.

Dan worked tirelessly on educating people everywhere on how to make our children healthier and the lives of their parents better and less stressful. He was for objective science not hype, speaking truth to power, not nonsense. He was, in short, a man of stature and integrity!

He will be missed greatly!

Paul Picha

Dan: you will be missed for your relentless courage and never ending pursuit of truth. You've given away a lifetime of service for our kids. YOU WON'T BE FORGOTTEN. Paul Picha

Cait from Canada

I was shocked to get this news today, when I arrived home from a few days away without internet access. I didn't know Dan personally, but I will miss him. My heartfelt condolences to Dan's colleagues at Age of Autism, and to his family and friends.


Dan Olmsted love to you on your new journey, thank you for being here and making a difference to humanity in such a big way. I dont know you and only heard about your passing from this world yesterday via Dr Andrew Wakefield.

I have not read any of your work as yet but am eager to.

My heart tells me how beautiful your heart is, your light shines so brightly over all of us here in earth.

Bless you on your journey!

R's dad

As one of the many who knew Dan only through this website and his books, but gleaned enough to know that this was an exceptional journalist, a very good man and a class act in everything he did, I am stunned and saddened by this news. It will take a while to fully realize what we have lost in him.

And now it's up to me, and each one of us, to carry his baton forward in any way we can.


He is my hero!

Lisa Blakemore-Brown

What a terrible tragedy ! Will this nightmare never end ?? Night night God Bless Dan.


The poem, "A Requiem to Autism", dedicated to Dan Olmsted and posted below by an anonymous poster, is so deeply moving and such a tribute to his noble commitment to our kids.

So beautiful. Thank you, Anonymous.

Kim Oakes

How can you cry for someone you never met? Well, you can. Thank you, Dan for all that you did to help all those you never met. If you hadn't renewed our hope, then today we would have no hope at all. God Bless.


God Bless Dan, loved reading his well documented articles, he always had you anxiously waiting for more, a true hero in many respects especially to the vaccine injured, just loved that man.


This is the AoA post I never wanted to see. I am sad beyond belief that Dan is gone. My most sincere condolences go out to his family and everyone who loved him.

Patricia Hilton

This is such sad news. Dan was so dedicated to our cause, awesome man who will be missed forever. My condolences to everyone at Age of Autism and to his Family and everyone that knew him. RIP DAN. There will never be another person that will fill his shoes.

Jenny Allan

Epitaph On A Friend - Robert Burns

"An honest man here lies at rest,
The friend of man, the friend of truth,
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd,
Few heads with knowledge so inform'd;
If there's another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this."

"Burns Nicht" in Scotland tonight. My family will raise a toast to Dan as we enjoy our haggis with 'bashed neeps and chappit tatties'.

Sheryl Kauspedas

Shock and awe. The shock of one gone too soon, and the awe of the incredible inspiration Dan has given us. The first steps of my journey to learn all about vaccines and autism began with Dan's study on the Amish. I know I speak for all of us in counting the blessings we will enjoy from Dan's writings and studies. May God comfort his family and friends and all of us in the vaccine-aware community as we deal with this profound loss.

Maggie Gardiner

Utterly bereft to read this news. Thanks for fighting the good fight on behalf of all our children, Dan. Why is it always the best people in life who are taken too soon?

Ted Kuntz

I want to express my gratitude to Dan. He is my hero. He walked this challenging path before many were knowledgeable and courageous enough to walk it. We will honor him by continuing the struggle until it is won.


For Dan:

I'll tell you what:
When it comes to "womens'" rights
Neither Michelle Obama nor
Oprah Winfrey nor
Rachel Maddow nor
Ellen Degenerous
were on that stage two days ago
Where are those bitches's clip boards?

When it comes to mother's rights,
i sure wish Shelia Ealy, and Mary Holland, and Polly Tommey, and Ginger Taylor, and, and, and, and on and on and on.... had a chance on that stage.

How cowardly of those aforementioned bitches

The most emphatic THANK YOU to the one bitch who didn't give a damn.....

Because frankly my dear..........


Such a tragic loss. I am so very sad to hear this. My condolences to you all at AofA - Mark, Teresa, Kim, John, Anne and everyone. You are a wonderful team and I'm glad that you have each other. It's just heart wrenching. My thoughts go out to everyone on this site, those that knew him personally, and to Dan's family. May peace come to your hearts soon.

CT teacher

So very sad. My condolences to his family and everyone at AoA. RIP, Dan. You have done so much to help so many.


Very sad news,

RIP Dan, you made tremendous inroads for this most perilous of paths, and set the ultimate example for those dedicated at AOA.


I am so very, very sorry to hear the news of Dan's passing. My prayers are with his family and friends. I am so thankful for his contributions to our community.

Theresa Wrangham

Dan will be missed - he had courage and integrity and walked the talk. Thank you Dan and rest in peace.

Shelley Tzorfas

It is both sad and scary to lose a person who has contributed so much to the vaccine Autism link. I have been in this fight for 20 years and the tragedies keep growing amongst our children. Our heroes cannot last forever. More work must be done and the pace must be ramped up until all mainstream news shares the information and apologies to the nation's families. We cannot afford to wait until the only adults alive are to young to know what healthy kids used to look like before 1986, before vaccine makers were given permanent immunity while children's immunity was gravely lost.

Donna L.

I am just stunned. What a tremendous loss. I never once imagined that he wouldn't be here to see this catastrophe through to the bitter end.
My deepest condolences to Dan's family and close friends. I hope he knew just how very much his work, his words, and his humor was appreciated.

Kathy Sincere

Dan touched so many hearts and minds, including mine. I had high hopes of meeting him one day. Age of Autism, the book and this website, are wonderful beyond words. Thank you, Dan, for all your hard work and your insightful, inspiring writing, and God bless you.


What ever this world is to be, it is better because of Dan. Its hard for me to say rest in peace, because he is, not was, such a powerful voice for those whose voices have been suppressed. My heart aches.


Dear Dan, I love reading your articles. You are SO helpful in exposing the truth! May
your spirit continue your noble work. Love and Prayers to your family and friends.

Morag MacDonald Lyons

Sincere thoughts and prayers with family and friends at this very sad news .
I'm sure people all over the world will be very sorry to hear about this.
A skilled, gifted, and talented willing worker who has helped so many ordinary families.


The last of a poem...

Love is wise tender and calm
Love is a virtue true and divine
Love is not of this world
Love is somewhere beyond the blue

George Egba

Here's To Dan!

Thank You for drawing your pen as a gleaming sword.


Dan allowed himself to be an instrument of truth, and that truth saved my oldest boy's life. Without that truth, my other kids probably would never have been born, so thank you, Dan, for helping to give me my family. To his family and his colleagues here at A of A, I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find the strength to take your grief and turn it into something beautiful and true. Saint Dan Olmsted, pray for us.


You don't know me, Dan, yet you changed my life. I wish I could have known you. You were, and will continue to be, and inspiration.

For Dan, A Requiem For autism.

Look about, young man, and see what’s to be seen.
Close not your eyes upon the woes of the world, but witness and thereby solve.
Stand within and reach out, erasing boundaries and pulling together.
Speak words for those whose lips cannot move.
Whisper softly your witness and take joy at the thunderous chorus that crushes its lonely echo.
Drop your words and watch as the ripples lap gently at the far shores.
Celebrate the baptism of the unseen as they wet their feet in damned waters,
Who eye the quiet silt and stagnant slime and become thirsty for the clear, rushing waters.

Look about, smithy, and see what’s to be done.
Stop not the swing of your tool nor unbend your back.
They fill the lakes and rush on, kicking up the dust from 1989 and sweeping away base camp idolaters.
Words without walls, iron to anvil, one child is lifted and millions more to come.
Hubs of strength and beauty, transformed by you this afternoon out of relentless invisible flame.
They will forge the way back down the path, back to where the bend in the road hid Eden from their eyes.
With scythes from your fire they take down the brambles.

Look about, wise one, and see what’s to be seen.
Trouble yourself not about what could have been, but revel in what became.
Knowledge flows like spilled ink off the pages, censoring redaction.
People pick up brushes and dip them in the beautiful colors, erasing the damns.
They overflow the lakes and rivers, painting new life in fields where satellite browns once celebrated destruction and death like a flag before autumn ever came.
They shout your witness and it bounces off the mountaintops, echoing across the world.
Their backs will be strengthened as they carry your weight and face the flames.
Clearing streams flow around us and we dance to their joyous sound while the children splash about in the truth, loving seeing hearing smelling tasting feeling speaking.

Look down, good soul, and see what’s been done.

Cherry Misra

Dan was perfect - just perfect- for the place he was in. I often marvelled at how Age of Autism remained that same beacon of decency, kindness, and truth that it was when I first saw it so many years ago. The battle against the Vaccine Holocaust is sometimes tiring and sad for me, but yesterday evening I felt so light and happy and the thought of the grand party we would have at the end of the age of autism came to my mind and I, swore that no matter what I would reach for that event . I saw in my mind all those smiling glowing faces, bursting with joy in the brightly lit , sparkling banquet hall. Most of all I saw Dan Olmsted. Dan, we are going to reach that distant shore, and celebrate for you , and carve your name in the white marble of the Autism Holocaust Memorial. How can we give up when you never did.

Maria Russo

So sad to read the news about Dan Olmstead passing away. My condolences to all of you at AOA.


This is devastating news! My deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.


I'm so sorry to hear of Dan Olmsted's death--what a shock, and what a loss. He was our brave hero when we had almost no one that was willing to stand up for us. I'm so sad. I want to express my deepest sympathy to his family.


My deepest condolences to Dan's friends and family.His death is a huge loss to our community.
This was such a shock, its hard to find the right words to say. Thank you, Dan for everything.


I am so, so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Sad news indeed. He will be sorely missed by so many. Rest in peace Dan, and thank you for all you did for the autism community.

Linda L

My condolences. Dan gave me hope when I had none. Thank you and I hope you find peace.

Levi Quackenboss

You have saved countless lives, friends. Rest in peace.

Birgit Calhoun

I am so sad and shocked that this man full of integrity and good will is not going to be part of our lives any longer. I am so sorry. What' is going to happen next?

Stand Up

Dan, THANK YOU for all of your work and dedication to raising awareness and empowering parents and individuals.

God Bless you and your family.

Jen Travers

I am at a loss for words. Dan was a hero, a mentor, a calm voice in the storm to so many. I cannot believe that he is gone. My deepest condolences to his family.

mary podlesak

I came to Age of Autism hoping to find out if the alleged grand jury and raid at the CDC actually happened. Dan's death is an indescribable loss for his family and for those of us seeking answers and justice in the autism epidemic, requiescat in pace.

Jennifer and Keith Horne-Roberts

'Now he is with the Angels'.
Dr.Bradstreet wrote this when we lost our beautiful son, Harry Horne-Roberts, as a result of anti-psychotic drugs prescribed without the knowledge or consent of us his parents. Harry was injured by MMR Pluserix aged one, and grew up autistic. We lost him aged 20.

Dear Dan Olmsted, we are forever in your debt, we in the autism, vaccine-injury community.
You were a shining light, and your work will live forever. We in the community will continue your wonderful work.

Thank you forever, and God Bless you among the Angels.

Betty Bona

I, like many others, casually expressed gratitude while posting responses to some of Dan's writings on this site. I don't post often, so I'm sure my true gratitude was never revealed. I always thought I would have more chances to give my thanks. So, Dan, I will give you my most sincere thanks now. I hope you knew how much you have meant to so many of us in this community. Your absence hurts.


Saturday morning will not be the same. Like a call from a good friend, every week I so looked forward to those warm, wise, witty, informative and inspiring Weekly Wraps. Dan's journalistic presence, his gentle energy and strong spirit, was steadfast in the fight for the world's innocent against a man-made scourge that he was determined to uncover and wipe out. He made ending the Age of Autism and the Vaccine Holocaust his life's work. Mankind is the beneficiary of the tremendous effort that Dan poured into saving it. He was one of the few professional journalists who would bravely stand up and honestly and exhaustively investigate, speak the truth and provide an outlet leading a wonderful dedicated and talented team to get that truth out to a misinformed, embattled, increasingly poisoned, public. Dan, you were a great man. Thank you for everything you gave. I hope that G-D will now put you to work on the other side leading the Rebel Alliance.

Dolly LaBelle

Sad, and shocked. But his work will live on. My deepest sympathies to family and friends!


I only "knew" this warrior through this forum, brilliantly resolute in his configuration of words and powerful concepts, his poisoned-tipped arrows from his quiver of truth ripping through, with fierce precision, the bullseye of lies, distortions and pernicious propaganda that seemed to have been so anathema to him.

While the mighty may have fallen, judging by the influence of his prolific works and deeds, the mighty certainly did not go out like a punk...and for this, we, the parents and advocates of the injured and maimed that he seemed to have been so committed to having vindicated, are eternally grateful.

I look forward to reading his (sadly), final, and (hopefully) unamended, upcoming book.



I am so shocked and sorry to hear this. God is blessing him as he has blessed all of us.


Dan, I loved your piece on the Amish and so many more. You were a wonderful journalist and author. Thank you

Richard P. Milner

Great sadness at the news. We've lost a brave, effective and ethical voice who will be greatly missed.

Jan Martin

As a parent that has fought along side many other parents, I was upset to hear that Dan has passed on. Anytime we lose one of our soldiers in the autism community it is never an easy thing. I wanted to express true gratitude for all his work in the autism community. You will be greatly missed and your purpose not forgotten.

Christina Waldman

My condolences to all who knew him and whose lives he touched.


Dan Olmsted was a sort of Andrew Wakefield of journalism, unafraid to speak the truth and following daringly wherever it led him. In co-founding Age of Autism he created an institution strong enough to survive without him, which is what a real leader does.


I am so very sorry for such a terrible loss. God's Blessings to his family, friends and colleagues.

John Duncan

I spoke to Dan on the phone just days after my daughter Anna died and passed on the information surrounding her death. I had found the start of the series on the internet that by happenstance was being written around the same time. She died just 10 days after her MMR vaccination. He wrote two moving and informative additions to his "Pox" series about Anna's case. He was a beacon of light from which we have taken our torches. RIP Dan Olmsted.

Charles Acquaah

Is this true or am I dreaming? Unbelievable!! I just read your Saturday post yesterday and you're no more??? May your soul rest in perfect peace, Dan. I trust your effort won't be in vain. May God be with you till we meet again.

Maureen McDonnell, RN

If I am feeling this level of deep sadness and shock as a mere fan of Dan's amazing articles and books and as someone who only met him on a couple of occasions, I can't imagine the intense grief and sense of loss that his family and close friends are experiencing!

I will always remember his sharp wit, brilliant writing skills and dedication as a tireless warrior of our cause!

Rest in Peace Dan....

J Fenech

Oh Dan - thanks for everything. So sorry I never got to meet you and shake your hand. God bless you and your family.

Dorie Southern

Unbelievable, sad, shocking. It's not over till it's over. Dan's work will go forward.

Kathleen Tanenbaum

We are shocked and heartbroken. Dan will remain in our hearts always as we go forward. We will always be grateful for him.

Shay Totten

Such sad news. I first encountered Dan, like many people, through his powerful UPI columns. When I was the editor in chief at Chelsea Green Publishing (back in 2007-2008), I proposed the idea of turning those columns into a book. Eventually, he worked with another publisher and Age of Autism, the book, was borne. We talked more recently about his new, forthcoming book and I, too, am looking forward to it. Dan's work and legacy will live on thanks to this site, his books, and his columns that will endure and give folks a reassuring hand on their shoulder that, no, they're not alone.

Beth in NC

Rest in Peace Dan. You deserve a Pulitzer, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Hollywood Star. Your legacy will live on and you will always be a great American hero.

Please do what you can for the children of the world on the other side. I know you will.

God bless, and condolences to your family, friends and colleagues at AoA.

Nonna Mary

Heartbroken at the passing of Dan Olmstead.......a cornerstone of AOA. Your words always validated what my heart held! My sincere condolences to your family and many friends!

Mark Wax

May God rest the soul of Mr. Olmsted. My sincere condolences to his family and all who knew him. Dan is a hero.

Hans Litten

Dan Olmsted if you can hear me up there (for that is where you must be by now) .
I am forever grateful for your Amish community reports early on in this debacle .
Rest assured , the fight will go on with more determination than ever .
I feel we are as close to the tipping point as we have ever been and its a shame you didn't see it.

Thanks for all you did .

Regarding the rest of you involved in this fight , we cannot afford to lose any more important people , so look after yourselves .


While Dan and I have disagreed on some issues, we did agree on most. And without him, I would have had no voice during one of the darkest periods of my life.

Hope comes in many forms. And at a time when it seemed like the world had turned its back on our vaccine ravaged children, Dan was one of the few who had the courage to shine a light on what most just wanted to ignore.

We have hope now, that better days are coming for the worlds children.

Thank you for that Dan, may you RIP.

Science is pure.  People are corrupt.

There are some children whose lives have been spared the utter devastation of vaccine injury thanks to his decade of tireless effort; it is however incredibly sad that he will not see the end of the holocaust.

Fear no more the frown of the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Brian Hooker

I am shocked and saddened by this news! Dan was a true hero in our community and fought everyday to spread the truth regarding the autism epidemic. Much love and many prayers for his closest friends and relatives.

Brian, Marcia and Steven Hooker



Although I never had the pleasure to meet you Dan I am certain that you knew the above declaration to be true.

I did read many of your articles and I was always thankful for what you and others contributed to AOA.

I really expected to meet you one day and share the victory of the cure for the plague we call autism.

I guess we will have to discuss it in heaven.


angus files

Terrible news your spirit lives on and walks around us Dan thank you and bless your family at his difficult time

Brett Wilcox

Dan's contribution and legacy lives on.
Rest in peace, my friend.


I cannot believe my eyes, reading this sad news.
RIP, Dan. You are already missed.

Denise Anderstrom Douglass

Well, I did not expect this news tonight. It feels as if I have lost a brother or a son, although I never met him. My most heartfelt condolences to his husband and family -- I feel strongly that he will be irreplaceable. But what he started cannot now be stopped. Like Laura wrote, the fact that he did all this with "no skin in the game," is incredible to me -- maybe to you also?-- because it is a fact that many of us have very close relatives who cannot face that inconvenient truth that they have pretty close "kin" in this game! Well shame on them. Dan Olmsted, you are a hero. I can't see real good right now, can't see into the future due to the mess of salt rimmed tears splatted all over my glasses. But Dan Olmsted can see just fine. I believe. Thank you and rest in peace now.

Julie Penny

I am stunned. This is an inconsolable loss to our community. Dan has profoundly advanced our cause and knowledge base, and we are so, so grateful for his consistently great work in ferreting out the cause of the autism epidemic; the polio trail to fungicides. Dan was a gifted talent. A journalist worth his salt with his steady, probing investigations. The AoA and his books (co-authored with Mark Blaxill) have been candles of light illuminating our bleak way down this unwanted road. He gave us hope. His wonderful colleagues at AoA, his readers here will sorely miss his voice. Thank you, David Kirby for including all the words to the lilting "Danny Boy" that I'm sure left many of us teary-eyed. My condolences to Dan's family, and his friends. God speed Dan. You've helped us immensely. And, on dark nights with clear skies I'll look for your guiding star above us. We'll get there yet. We'll prevail.

Tim Lundeen

So sad... thanks, Dan, for all you did.

Carolyn Coughlin McDonough

Dan was a hero in every sense of the world. And those who were close to him, his family, thank you for supporting him in this difficult and important work. This site has been a lifeline to myself and so many others. This is so hard to believe. What a gifted journalist and beautiful beautiful man.


My heart is broken.
Dan, thank you for given my son a voice, a loud voice, on this battle.
I'll never forget what you have done to our community.
Thank you from the bottom of my broken heart.


Dan very graciously posted my responses when I disagreed with him. That was the kind of guy he was. I won't forget that.

I'm as anti- vaccine holocaust as you can get, but Dan outworked everybody. You advocated for millions of children in great danger, Dan, and God knows this. RIP DO!

Karen Woytowitz

Deepest sympathy to Dan's family, and all in the Age of Autism community. Such an enormous loss. RIP Dan...your mission will continue through the many lives you've touched.

Jeanne J

My heart is broken. I thank God for Dan asking that initial question, "Where are the Amish children with autism". Since then, I have looked forward to every word that he has penned. May he always be remembered as one of the greatest heroes in the war to end this age of autism!


Oh no... I'm so sad to hear this news. Dan's columns were some of the first that I encountered along the way on this journey of understanding the devastation of our vaccination policies. I remember reading his columns and thinking "this can't be right, can it?"... And it was... And it is...

Blessings to his family and friends... Thoughts and prayers are with you.


I was lucky enough to meet Dan and Mark at the Brown Bookstore in Providence when they spoke about their book Age of Autism. And his age of polio series was mesmerizing! He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the whole age of autism team.


My husband and I are so shocked and saddened by Dan's sudden passing and wish to pass on our condolences to his family and friends. There is not a day goes by when we don't log onto AOA to get the truth in journalism because we certainly don't get it from mainstream and government news stations here in Australia. Dan will always be greatly appreciated and will be deeply, missed by our autism community around the world not just for his contribution to journalism but for just being a lovely caring human being. R.I.P.


Dan, you did such good in this world. Your heart is irreplaceable, and mine is broken at this news. You are sorely missed, already.

Rolf Hazlehurst

For almost 15 years, I have been on a quest to find and reveal the truth of what happened to my son, Yates and a generation of vaccine injured children.

Throughout the journey, Dan Olmsted and Age of Autism have been a beacon of light and hope guiding me forward.

We will reach the point where the truth is accepted as self evident.

When we reach the moment of truth, it will be in large part because of the work and sacrifice of Dan Olmsted.


Let's all try to be the Dan we want to see in the world.

Anne McElroy Dachel

I don't know where to start. Ever since I got involved in this, he's been there. I talk to him all the time; he's been a constant support.

Where would we be without him?

Sym and Wade Rankin

The world is a far sadder place without Dan. He was everything a good journalist should be: smart, articulate, and dedicated to the truth. Long before "fake news" became an Orwellian buzz phrase used to create a false credibility for the mainstream media, Dan knew the difference between the truth and propaganda, and sacrificed much for the truth. It was a privilege to have known him.
-- Sym and Wade


Such a huge loss to our community and the profession of journalism. I remember buying him a drink at the bar after the vaccine march in Chicago a few years back. So kind. So engaging. So smart. Tears and prayers for his family and our community who must carry on without him.

Karen Maroot

So sorry for this loss. My heart goes out to his family. :-(

Catherine DeSoto

Oh No. What a shock to see this news.... such a talented courageous person, a life lived strongly and one that Mattered. Rest in peace with that knowledge.


Absolutely shocking and sad! We will miss you Dan. It's a pity you won't be around to see our victory. Yet, your legacy will always inspire us.

Ilonka Michelle O'Neil

I am so sorry. A tragic loss for the autism community.


I considered Dan a friend, a mentor, and someone that could lift you up from the deepest despair. I swear he never forgot a single word you had said to him ever no matter how many years had passed and that is a rare talent. He told my story in his column way back in 2003-04? and we have stayed in touch ever since. I was always shocked that a reporter of his caliber ever asked "my opinion" on things. He especially encouraged me to keep writing which was the greatest compliment of all. I am at a loss for words and there is a hole in my heart. What a man, what a hero, what a loss!

go Trump

...So sorry & sad. Sending prayers to the families / especially Kim & Mark and to all those who knew him well.

We now have even more help from above.

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