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Paul Shattuck
Paul Shattuck

By Anne Dachel

This is the frightening future for the coming generation(s) of autistic children in America:  DENIAL.

Anyone who reads the Feb 20, 2019 piece in The Atlantic entitled,The Coming Care Crisis as Kids With Autism Grow Up—The number of adults with autism diagnoses is soaring, but there aren’t enough programs and services to meet the demand, by writer and doctoral candidate Noah Remnick,  will understand that members of the press just don’t care.

First of all, the “crisis” Remnick sees when it comes to autism is the lack of services for adults. AUTISM itself is not a crisis, in fact Remnick assures us that autism has always been here, we just didn’t notice.

Although people with autism have always existed, the United States saw a tremendous spike in diagnoses beginning in the late 1990s, due in part to increased public awareness of the disorder and improvements in evaluation.

How is that possible?  How could educators, parents, and doctors over many past generations never have recognized the collective signs and symptoms of autism? Why have schools during the last twenty years had to train teachers to deal with autistic students? (We’ve had disabled children in school by federal law for the past 45 years.)

Remnick acknowledges that the explosion in autism among children began in the last 90s, yet the statistics he cites to compare are from AFTER THE 1990s.

About one in every 59 children is diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up from one in every 150 in 2000.

Sadly Remnick shows no interest in the middle aged and elderly people with autism he claims exist in America. WHERE ARE THE THIRTY, FIFTY, AND SEVENTY YEAR OLDS WITH AUTISM? Why can’t young adults today simply replace them in their living conditions?

That is the logical response one should have for anyone who asserts that “people with autism have always existed.” I would expect a middle school student to ask the questions I just posed. Somehow a doctoral student at Oxford doesn’t. His implication is AMERICA HAS A APPALLING HISTORY OF IGNORING ADULTS WITH AUTISM. They’re out there somewhere left to their own devices as people living in the shadows.

Remnick writes, “About half a million people on the autism spectrum will legally become adults over the next decade, a swelling tide for which the country is unprepared. When they turn 21, these people leave behind all the programming and funding they received under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and enter a labyrinth of government services that vary wildly from state to state. Although people with other disabilities face similar problems, the staggering rise in diagnoses of autism creates a distinctly troubling dilemma in how to ensure that these people are properly cared for.”

Remnick continues, “Amid this surge in diagnoses, many programs for people with autism are overcrowded and ill-equipped to handle the needs of their clients.”

AGAIN, Remnick asks us to leave logical thinking at the door.  IF “the staggering rise in diagnoses of autism” is behind the“swelling tide for which the country is unprepared,” LET’S STOP CALLING IT AUTISM.

If the word AUTISM is the issue, we should go back to whatever we used to label the disorder. Problem solved.

What Noah Remnick reports on is an undeniable truth: America is facing a future of hundreds of thousands of dependent adults who aren’t here currently in any comparable numbers, only he doesn’t see this as the issue. He alludes to adults out there currently, but he fails to tell us that he’s talking about people in their twenties and early thirties.

What happens when people with autism age into adulthood remains understudied. Researchers predominantly focus on early intervention—less than 2 percent of all autism funding is directed to the experience of adulthood and aging—even though people with autism spend a vastly greater proportion of their life as adults. The existing findings are dismaying. About half of adults with autism continue to grapple with aggressive, self-injurious behaviors as they get older, and about half are also unemployed—the lowest employment rate among disability groups. Especially for those with greater challenges, it is more difficult to attain the basics necessary to live a comfortable life: housing, job training, and social opportunities.

To back up his disjointed claims, he cites an expert in the field, Dr. Paul Shattuck.

“It’s as though we never really considered the fact that all of these kids would eventually grow up,” says Paul Shattuck, a professor at Drexel University who studies autism. “Even compared to those with other disabilities, kids on the autism spectrum are having much worse long-term outcomes.”

Shattuck is someone familiar to parents active in the autism community. Nine years ago, autism advocate Katie Wright cited his denial that autism is a modern day epidemic. l  She wrote about Shattuck’s appearance at a CDC meeting on autism prevalence: “Dr. Paul Shattuck and Dr. Peter Bearman gave their usual stump speeches about why the ASD increase is mainly due to greater awareness and parental age.” (At that same meeting there were scientists who were clear that there has been a real explosion in autism among children and it has nothing to do with better diagnosing, but Remnick clearly isn’t interested in their challenging views.)

Incredibly Remnick said he’d followed a family whose autistic son is aging out of school FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. He wrote about the enormous costs involved in providing adult services and the lack of appropriate resources.

The Solomoniks’ struggle to find a program for Anthony is mirrored in families and communities across the country. As the number of adults with autism surges, and as the research lags about how to help them achieve meaningful lives, the availability of affordable, quality programs cannot match the demand. The number of nonprofit programs like ELIJA that offer services tailored to people with autism, such as specialized job coaches, has recently increased. But even the most well-intentioned programs lack research—and therefore clarity—on how to best serve a population so diverse and so deprived. …

We’re left to ponder the facts presented here. Autism has always affected two percent of the human race, but we didn’t know what it was or address it until the last couple of decades. We have a long way to go, and it’s going to incur a big cost.

I’m sorry, but I’m sick of this kind of sloppy, illogical gibberish from the press. Members of the media have collectively turned their backs on the destruction of children around the world. And it isn’t just autism. It’s the myriad of childhood learning and behavioral disorders that have made our kids so dysfunctional.

I write about this disaster every day on LossOfBrainTrust.com.    I have almost 4,000 stories compiled there from the last two years. They are not my words, but the routine coverage by the press. They casually tell us about the universal decline of education, and they do it with no concern about where all this is headed.

Just like Noah Remnick, they’re all in denial. Nothing is wrong here. What they see happening before their eyes is no big deal. Somehow we’ll all learn to adjust to the exploding numbers, the waiting lists, the gigantic costs. That’s what they tell us every day. Even from Oxford, no one can deal with reality.

Postscript:

FYI, this is the mission statement of The Atlantic:

The Atlantic is America’s leading destination for brave thinking and bold ideas that matter. The Atlantic engages its print, online, and live audiences with breakthrough insights into the worlds of politics, business, the arts, and culture. With exceptional talent deployed against the world’s most important and intriguing topics, The Atlantic is the source of opinion, commentary, and analysis for America’s most influential individuals who wish to be challenged, informed, and entertained.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

Comments

John Stone

Eindecker

And what about what happened to our children about which you care nothing at all?

John Stone

Hi Eindecker

I really don’t know where to begin. Perhaps with Heidi Larson’s projection on to “anti-vaxxers” of an obsession with purity (as if they had not mostly vaccinated their children, which is how we all got where we are today).

It seems remarkably unlikely that Costa Rica has not had a single case of measles since 2006 or has the infrastructure to know, but what would it matter if the vaccines worked, which they evidently don’t. Del Bigtree was making the point again the other day in Highwire that we actually had something like herd immunity when everyone caught the disease wild but now everyone gets the vaccine and immunity declines rapidly.

John Pelletier

John Stone,
That people will not listen is the crux of the problem, I believe. It's very difficult to dislodge optimistic beliefs.

John Stone

Cia

If we go by the Northern Ireland figures which are the most complete for the UK the rate for education Stage 5 (the most disabled group) is now 1.74% of children and young people. It tells you the deliberate negligence that we only have these figures for one province of one country.

Will

How dare you people think low IQ is what defines a disability. I knew a man a certified genius who died in 2015 at age 23 that had a severe form of Neurofibromatosis. He was a college senior in a science disciplines at CSU Fullerton at time of his death from NeurofibroSarcoma, a very rare form of cancer much more common in those with NF. About 10% of those with NF will die of this cancer or other rare sarcomas by age 30 and over 25% by age 50. I have this genetic tumor disease myself plus I have so called "high functioning" autism. ADHD like symptoms are more common in NF about 20% vs 5% of autism in NF. Please do not BS and say aspergers is not disabled nor any other disease or medical condition just because of the high IQ of the person suffering from it.

Jonathan Rose

This 2017 report from the Drexel Autism Institute should give a sense of just how desperate things are for autistic adults:

http://www.familyvoicesofca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Natl-Autism-Indicators-Report-2017_Final.pdf

Note that only 14% are employed outside of sheltered workshops, and the high proportion who engage in violent behavior. So where are all the Einsteins? How many are working in those high tech jobs they were promised?

cia parker

John,

So are there figures now on how many autists in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia (the worst affected countries) are severely affected and will require life-long care and residential care when their parents die? I'd be interested in knowing those figures, as well as how they compare to those in earlier decades.

I was surprised when my daughter was in a self-contained autism classroom in seventh grade, and she was the lowest verbal student in the class. The class wasn't what I would consider self-contained, as it spent only one hour a day together working on social skills (like how to negotiate with your teacher for extended time on an assignment-and they thought that my daughter could get one single thing out of something which required a HIGH degree of language use?), and the rest of the time they were in TYPICAL classes, with paras as needed, where, again, my daughter couldn't understand a single thing and no one cared. And the school had no idea at all what to do with her. They were so inept and uncaring that I took her out in November of her eighth grade year. We ran into a boy from the class who greeted her and talked in a way which to me sounded typical. My daughter was in a workshop held by her speech therapist with about eight autistic girls, and again, my daughter was the most severely affected and the only one who couldn't chat the way ALL the others were doing.

A professor designed a social skills program she wanted to try out in my daughter's seventh-grade class, and wanted my permission. But it was NOTHING appropriate, even a university professor didn't have a single clue what the vaccine brain damage does to the language center of the brain. She said she'd give me periodic reports on how my daughter did in it, but I never got one single report. Schools COULD do A LOT to improve their language function, but it means intensive work on the most basic grammatical structures in English. WHICH THEY DON'T DO AT ALL. Language therapy is nothing but "chat" therapy, assuming that the kid really CAN speak but is too shy to do so. Right.

And my daughter is competent in so many ways. She cooks supper independently many evenings, makes her own breakfast and lunch, can do anything I ask her to do around the house. She wants to live independently and asked me a month ago if she would be independent when she got her (part-time, minimum-wage) job. The basic tactfully-expressed answer was no. I don't think all these high-functioning kids in her class should be considered in the group of autists that we're mainly talking about. I agree with John Scuddamore, it's essential that we separate autists into at least three categories, otherwise a lot of people think autism is basically high-functioning/Asperger's, and it's already being taken care of.

John Stone

Grace

You are, of course, right, that it is extremely dangerous to be caught in between. I think they can be pretty ruthless though with physical disability. I remember a relative - many years ago now - with arthritis who had benefits stopped because they could walk 20 ft or something with a stick in front of a doctor (but couldn't walk at all for days after).

Grace Green

John (Stone),
Of course, super geniuses CAN be disabled - eg Prof. Stephen Hawking, but I suppose you are referring specifically to the neurologically or intellectually disabled. However, I think the case that you raise of the Para-Olympic organizers is interesting, as I believe it's likely that those they kick off benefits - like me! - are probably the less visibly disabled, rather than those using wheelchairs or white sticks. I have huge compassion for those who are severely autistic, and their struggling families, but I think that if it were understood how many people are suffering, and how much they are suffering, from "mild" autism, and other effects of vaccines, it might actually have more influence on the public attitude to vaccines. This is why I think it's so important that we remain as inclusive as possible in our opposition campaign.

John Stone

John Pelletier

But I do not think there is an absence of defined evidence: there is an absence of people who will listen. We really also have to be super careful about talking about super geniuses in terms of disability. In the UK the same private company that was sponsoring the Paralympics were also responsible for throwing disabled people off benefits. It is a major red-herring.

There was an Irish psychiatrist, Michael Fitzgerald, who wrote a load of books trying to pretend that most of the major figures of the past were autistic, but frankly it is rubbish.

John Pelletier

@ R Prasad,

Not whitewashing at all. I understand that there is a spectrum, and it likely follows a Gaussian distribution pattern, with exceptional Autists Like Einstein at one end, and severely debilitated Autists like you described at the other, with the majority of affected but not so noticeable falling within two standard deviations of the mean. What we should be trying to demonstrate to pro vaccine zealots is not only that severe cases are increasing in an epidemic way, that there is a clear mechanism by which it is linked to vaccination, and that there are better public health measures that could be instituted as an alternative to vaccination to protect against "vaccine preventable disease.

Valerie

Yep, there is "administrative increase" for sure...more kids are included now and diagnosed at an earlier age. For sure, that's part of the increase in numbers. But NOT the phenomenal increase we have seen. Ridiculous. So, where are all the middle age and elderly autistic people who were perhaps not diagnosed or mis-diagnosed? Are they wandering around the malls? They simply DO NOT exist. Full stop.

Jenny Allan

Thanks Michael - I think that old adage about ' lies, damned lies and statistics ' gave birth to the wondrous 'science' of 'epidemiology' - most people haven't got a clue what it means!!
'BS baffles brains.'

John Stone

But as we all know it is in the end a big distraction to talk about possible genius cases when we are watching industrial neurological harm to children unprecedented in history.

michael

Jenny Allan--"Are we to believe that less than one month later measles cases in Madagascar increased threefold and death rates had increased to 900 cases? Or is this another load of epidemiology predictions and extrapolations based on mere assumptions?"

A little epidemiology 101 vignette goes like this:

STUDENT: Professor, Professor, I'm behind on my measles epidemiology studies!
PROFESSOR: That's OK, you can just make it up.

Hope that clarifies things.

cia parker

They've said for a long time that Einstein was on the spectrum, it would have been high-functioning Asperger's. They say that he only started to talk when he was four, when he started speaking at once with great fluency. However, the first autists on record (reference in the book The Age of Autism) were children who had been developing normally until they got the smallpox vaccination and reacted to it with crazy behavior, losing their language, one little girl started picking up hot coals from the fire with her bare hands. Einstein undoubtedly got the smallpox vaccine and may well have reacted to it.

And I agree with what John Pelletier said, that the important thing is how many autists require special care for their whole lives. It would make the issue clearer and easier to track and compare. Underemployment of those with Asperger's because of their social difficulties is an issue, and it would have to be decided how it should be dealt with.

John Stone

John

I covered a lot of ground in my recent discussion of U.K. autism data, and obviously Dan and Mark covered a whole lot more in their book. There is also the paper from last year, of which Mark was a co-author:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10803-018-3670-2#enumeration<

I don’t think you are introducing issues we have not considered. In the case of the Northern Ireland schools data the group with the highest level of ASD disability (so-called Stage 5) went up from 0.89% in 2009 to 1.74% in 2018. You are not highlighting an issue we have not considered before. I deliberately drew attention to the 1999 data which gave the rate for the 1984-8 birth cohort (widest definition of PDD) as 1 in 500. I point out because a relatively older group (11-15 year-olds) they would have a longer period to receive a diagnosis. The systems in 1999 that were monitoring the older group were also monitoring the younger group, so no difference in criteria. In fact, I don’t believe that during the period there was any significant change in criteria, while local authorities were always tight with recognition because it costs a great deal of money.

R Prasad

@John Pelletier

have you ever heard of Einstein or other genius 'Autistics' banging their heads to the walls, hitting and injuring self and others, unable to walk on full feet, crying for no reason, unable to express their internal pain, frustrated when they are called, having allergies for every major daily foods, repeat words (if they are verbal), repeat actions hundreds of times in a day? I guess not. Please stop whitewashing Autism, you don't know it unless you have a child with severe Autism.

John Pelletier

I was not refuting the current crisis, I was just pointing at a metric that could or should be used to refute the idea that autism rates are rising because of better diagnosis, a position often taken by pro vaccination people to counter the idea that the increase is due to many more vaccines, as the vaccine "schedule" has expanded.

Gayle

The care crisis for people with autism is already here with more and more being diagnosed every day. What will happen to our children in the future? We need research for a CURE now by qualified people who can find the answer and save a whole generation of children from a lifetime of autism. We Must Find the CURE NOW!

John Stone

John

You move rather deftly from the possibility the Einstein might have been autistic to “high functioning like Einstein”, and almost no one has ever been high functioning like Einstein, autistic or not. You might find helpful some of the data in my letter a few weeks ago to the the Chief Medical Officer to the British government:

https://www.ageofautism.com/2019/01/confirmation-bias-and-the-united-kingdom-department-of-health.html

I also warmly recommend the book ‘Denial’ by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill.

John Pelletier

They are sort of correct, Autism has been around for a long time, and people who are "just a little bit" on the spectrum, were likely ignored for many years. There is a theory out there that Albert Einstein was Autistic, and there were anatomical differences in his brain found post-mortem, as there are differences found in the brains of autistic children who meet untimely ends. The difference appears to be an increase in glial cells related to the number of neurons they are supposed to support, and glial cells are extremely responsive to immune stimulation and metal or organic toxicities, as we would have with vaccines. In the cases of children who become profoundly autistic after vaccination rather than high functioning like Einstein, the difference is the former's glial cells stop making connections with other neurons, and the latter's was an increase in connections. What we need to tabulate, is how many people on that spectrum need special care or institutionalization for their entire lives, because that would not increase if it was just a matter of better surveillance.

Carol

Here's a video that Adam Schiff (D, California's 28th) doesn't want you to see, Andrew Wakefield's 2010 Boulder Public Library talk: http://www.screencast.com/users/JerryZimmer/folders/Autism/media/4918a2cb-40eb-4522-aca3-a534585d07eb/embed

Angus Files

"That closing mission statement of the Atlantic reads as if written in Orwell's "1984" language of "Newspeak" .. "brave thinking, bold ideas .. breakthrough insights … exceptional talent .. America's most influential individuals who wish to be challenged, informed "

The world`s becoming a vaccinedome where your new personal Jeesus is Offit.A nobody,a pharma elite,to turn and talk to,to sort out pharma problems like talking thinking humans.
Busy sorting the problem human herds in the vaccinedome with vaccines,and more vaccines.Its always been like this move on folks nothing to see here,please thank you,enjoy your time in the vaccinedome.


Pharma For Prison

MMR RIP

Jt

It is absolutely chilling the way professionals just repeat the mantra: no increase, better awareness, etc.

What strategies/arguments can persuade professionals and laypeople that this NOT better awareness and we face an epidemic that could wreck havoc on our future society?

Or is it simply pointless at this stage in the game?

R Prasad

I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH Noah“CRISIS” Remnick that people with autism have always existed. Their ignorant parents were sleeping through generations and just beginning to have realized increased public awareness. In Northern Ireland, the Autism rate has increased by 100% (YES, JUST ONE HUNDRED PERCENT) in very long 5 years. I guess these parents were also sleeping for 5 years and woke up all of a sudden by looking to Noah “CRISIS” Remnick's "BREAKTHROUGH" Autism piece.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-47028502

Jenny Allan

One of the most significant aspects of measles cases in whatever part of the world is the blatant misrepresentation of the numbers of cases and related deaths. As Hans Litten's link to the Vancouver Sun reports:-
"Measles epidemic in Madagascar kills more than 900, says WHO
JOHANNESBURG — The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths.According to WHO figures, there have been more than 68,000 cases of the disease in which 553 deaths were confirmed and another 373 suspected from measles since the outbreak began in September.
The Associated Press Updated: February 21, 2019"

From the WHO report 17-01-19:-​

World Health Organisation Measles – Madagascar
https://www.who.int/csr/don/17-january-2019-measles-madagascar/en/
Disease outbreak news
17 January 2019
"From 4 October 2018 to 7 January 2019, 19 539 measles cases and 39 “facility-based” deaths (case fatality ratio: 0.2%) have been reported by the Ministry of Public Health (MoH) of Madagascar.

Cases were reported from 66 of 114 total districts in all 22 regions of Madagascar. Among the 19 539 measles cases, 375 have been laboratory confirmed (all are IgM+) and 19 164 were confirmed by epidemiological link. Cases confirmed by epidemiological link are those who presented clinical symptoms based on the case definition and had been in contact with another laboratory confirmed or epidemiologically linked case............In the current epidemic, children aged 1 to 14 years account for 64% of the total number of cases. The age distribution in this group is as follows: under five years at 35%, 5-9 years at 22% and 10-14 years at 19%. Both sexes are equally affected with a male to female ratio of 1.04. The national immunization programme recommends routine measles immunization for children aged nine months. According to WHO and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the estimated measles immunization coverage in Madagascar was 58% in 2017.
More than half of the cases (51%) reported during the current outbreak have not been vaccinated or have unknown immunization status. Madagascar has the highest proportion of malnutrition among children under five (47%) in the African region which can increase children's risk of serious complications and death from measles infection."

So in January 2019 only 379 measles cases were laboratory confirmed out of 19, 539 cases suspected or 'confirmed' by epidemiology- which is NOT confirmation. Also only 39 “facility-based” deaths -whatever that means!

Are we to believe that less than one month later measles cases in Madagascar increased threefold and death rates had increased to 900 cases? Or is this another load of epidemiology predictions and extrapolations based on mere assumptions?

Shelley Tzorfas

Of course it is better diagnosis Dear Dear Atlantic, Noah Remnick, TheTimes, PHD candidates that have no basis or comprehension. Teachers had no idea that children rocking back and forth, banging their heads and throwing the desks outside the windows had something wrong with him? "Let's see" they wondered. Could it be Cerebral Palsy, are they deaf, ADD, do the children have Learning Disabilities teachers thought? By lunchtime the mothers were called to come in. "This is the 3rd time this week your child soiled his pants." "I know you are a very important lawyer for the firm but we cannot tolerate soiled pants in the 5th grade and up." "Is he still wearing diapers at night?" "Yes" the mom replied, when he's at my house. The nurse then told the mother to get Pull-UPS for larger kids or Adult sized Depends. It seems that we are now entering the Age of Diapers for all those young people entering adulthood with AUTISM and nowhere to go. Yes Remnick, let's call it something else, let's even Rename the diaper to "holds em from poopin."

Jenny Allan

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/clamour-vaccines-measles-outbreak-kills-nearly-1000-children/
Measles in Madagascar:-
Quote
"Nearly four in 10 of the population have not received the two vaccinations required to protect them from measles, far below the 95 per cent level that constitutes “herd immunity”, meaning that enough people are protected against the disease to deny it a foothold.
The low uptake has little to do with the “anti-vax” philosophy that has taken hold in pockets of the West. Whereas in the rich world, measles vaccines are abundant and often available for free, most in Madagascar are desperate to inoculate their children but cannot do so."

Interesting to note in the UK report at least this is NOT being blamed on 'anti-vaxxers'; instead parents are struggling to obtain the vaccines. However, the Vancouver Sun seems to at least imply the low vaccination rates are the fault of anti-vaccine publicity.

In the western world measles child vaccination rates are high and a significant percentage of measles cases are in vaccinated persons. Note the Telegraph now states 2 doses of measles vaccine are now required for immunity, although parents were previously assured one dose was enough. The second dose was supposed to 'mop up' the 5% or so vaccine failures the first time.

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Grace

Paul Shattock was not actually the pioneer of the G/C free diet he replicated work which Professor Karl Reichelt was doing in Norway. He was looking at urinary peptides in schizophrenic patients and found similar patterns in autism. Well worth looking up his work which was back in the 80's in Norway. I was fortunate enough to meet with a mother who had met Dr Reichelt and he tested her son's urine and she had started him on the diet with a great improvement in his symptoms .I contacted Dr Reichelt to test my son's urine and with some preliminary work carried out by a biochemist here on the urine sample to reduce a 24 hour sample to something I could send through the post , the findings were the same. hence the leaky gut syndrome began to evolve .I believe Paul Shattock started about 1994 in Sunderland .Unfortunately this dietary approach was never acceptable to the main stream we were just labelled as crazy parents.

Hans Litten

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47332484

Damn the BBC - Disband the BBC

The nasal spray flu vaccine is 87% effective in children aged two to 17 against the main circulating flu strain, influenza A(H1N1)pmd09, Public Health England data indicates.

Meanwhile, the flu vaccine is 39% effective against the same strain in adults aged 18 to 64.

Some 43% of two-year-olds have been vaccinated, compared with 45% of three-year-olds.

"Children tend to be 'super-spreaders' of flu and so protecting them is crucial for protecting the rest of the population.

Carol

I guess it depends what you mean by "services." It seems that young ASD men are being brainwashed by 4chan to kill normies, especially women. Those who think that the ASD crisis doesn't affect them will eventually be administered a short sharp shock. Coming soon: a mass murder near you.

Jonathan Rose

This article states that just over half of ASD young adults have ever had a paying job, but the proportion that currently holds a paying job is considerably less, just a third. And if I'm reading this correctly, just 20% of those work full-time, meaning that at any given point in time, just 7% of ASD young adults are employed full time. Moreover, a high proportion of ASD adults work in sheltered workshops, but isn't there legislation afoot to phase out these workshops or subject them to unaffordable minimum wage regulations, which would effectively leave many of these adults with no employment at all? (You can't pay someone $15 a hour for producing just $3 of goods or services.)

Grace Green

This man's name is unfortunately similar to that of the UK's Dr. Paul Shattock, pioneer of the gf/cf diet which has actually helped so many autistic children, and himself father of an autistic son (born in 1970). Shattuck, on the other hand, is nothing but a social worker, albeit one who has won plaudits from Autism Speaks and IACC (enough said?)

Barry Stern

The Atlantic magazine has become one of the most biased in the country. Too bad, since before the last presidential election it was interesting reading with varied points of view. Today, its extreme and uninformed views on autism and vaccines and hostility toward POTUS are not worth the time. I've canceled by subscription.

Hans Litten

900 dead in Madagascar from Measles - WHO - & its all my fault because vaccine DID cause my kids autism. (I don't believe it anyway to be honest) -

https://vancouversun.com/pmn/news-pmn/measles-epidemic-in-madagascar-kills-more-than-900-says-who/wcm/eb900605-cda8-409f-a167-e462e05aef05

Measles epidemic in Madagascar kills more than 900, says WHO
The Associated Press Updated: February 21, 2019

Measles epidemic in Madagascar kills more than 900, says WHO
JOHANNESBURG — The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths.

According to WHO figures, there have been more than 68,000 cases of the disease in which 553 deaths were confirmed and another 373 suspected from measles since the outbreak began in September.

Those most at risk are infants from nine to 11 months old.
The epidemic is blamed on a low immunization rate for measles across the island nation over a period of many years, according to WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic. The vaccination rate is estimated to be less than 60 per cent, according to figures from WHO and UNICEF figures, he said.

Madagascar has launched a nationwide campaign to try to bring the outbreak under control, through mass vaccination campaigns and surveillance.

Mark Wax

Never argue with a man whose job depends on not being convinced.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
It can be very hard to understand something, when misunderstanding it is essential to your paycheck.
It is rather pointless to argue with a man whose paycheck depends upon not knowing the right answer.

Redundant enough,................. even for Shattuck.

Susan Welch

Anne, thank you so much for posting this response to the Atlantic article.

A massive thanks, also, for your tireless work recording all the media reports re 'Special Ed'. I have now written down the web page and will endeavour to Tweet a couple every day. (New PC coming soon, then will bookmark the site)

Why Local Authorities (or the equivalent in other countries) are not up in arms about the squeeze on their budgets, I cannot understand. Surely (at least) some of them must know that the increase in Special Ed is due to the bloated vaccine schedule/multiple shots - and not to 'better diagnosis'?

Barry

AUTISM itself is not a crisis, in fact Remnick assures us that autism has always been here, we just didn’t notice.

***********

That's like saying hairy forehead moles have always been here, but we just didn't .... notice them.

Bob Moffit

That closing mission statement of the Atlantic reads as if written in Orwell's "1984" language of "Newspeak" .. "brave thinking, bold ideas .. breakthrough insights … exceptional talent .. America's most influential individuals who wish to be challenged, informed …"

Doctoral candidate Noah Remnick promotes ideas and opinions that are the complete opposite of what the Atlantic mission claims to be .. much like Orwell's examples of newspeak .. WAR IS PEACE .. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY .. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH ..

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