NOTE: We are not linking the petition demanding that a new book from Skyhorse Publishing never see the light because we refuse to assist these selfish"neurodiversity" community members who think that only their autism (such as it may even be) or their opinion matters. KIM
"I believe that censorship is an insult to true democracy. America needs debate rather than dogma, now more than ever. Whether it's about health or politics, what we need isn't answers to our burning questions. We need the full range of information so that we can weigh the facts, the building blocks of ideas, and then make our own decisions”. Tony Lyons, Publisher, Skyhorse Publishing
By Dara Berger
Recently a group of people have started a petition on change.org asking Amazon to pull my book and refuse to sell it. I find this interesting considering nobody has read it yet, except my publisher and a few people that were offered to review it. How to Prevent Autism will be released July 4th but is available for pre-order.
Why should anyone be able to decide what another person reads, watches or listens to? Books have become one of the last areas of written material besides blogs that are not censored, which is why they need to be protected. Books are an extension of freedom of speech. You can be offended by what someone says or writes but they still have the right to say it. You can choose not to read a book or purchase it. Readers must be able to decide for themselves what information is important for them to learn about.
Amazon banning my book would be the equivalent of modern day book burning. What would come next after that? I truly hope we never have to find out.
Many of you in the autism community know that I have spent the better part of the last year and a half pouring my heart out about the painful journey my family has had to endure in the hopes that I could help others from experiencing the pain and devastation of an autism diagnosis in their child. My book, How to Prevent Autism doesn’t just tell the story of what happened to my beautiful son. It is a compilation of extensive interviews with experts in all areas of medicine including doctors, scientists, nurses, physician assistant and nutritionists. All these practitioners may have different degrees in healthcare but they are all united in one single concept that the risks of autism can be minimized if not prevented. Each one of them offer helpful strategies to prevent what is a devastating illness to many children, especially the ones that never gain the ability to speak, have self injurious behaviors, lack the social skills to make friends, cannot perform basic self-care skills and are not able to go anywhere without a special aide. Autism is a complex illness and not everyone’s experience is the same, which is exactly why they refer to it as a spectrum disorder.
Author and Documentary Filmmaker
Dara Berger is the author of the book titled “How to Prevent Autism”. She is also a documentary filmmaker who is currently working on a film about how to prevent chronic illness in children. Dara served as a Board Member and Co-Chair of the Programming Committee for the National Autism Association New York Metro Chapter for six years. She began her career as a news reporter/producer for a local nightly news program, and subsequently founded her own documentary film production company, Say It Out Loud Productions, Inc. to produce films on meaningful issues. She has recently completed the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s health coach certificate program, which she hopes to use to help other families prevent chronic illness and autism in their children.