Who ever thought an old school blog format would be "last man standing," as the world flocked to social media? Platforms that have been censoring us for many years are now widening the net. C'est la guerre. We’ve been feeling the squeeze of big tech for years. It’s a travesty of freedom. And yes, we’re on Parler if it’s still up. It’s a platform to reach familes. We were deleted from Pinterest years ago. Insta too.
So you know, I'm working on a few minor updates to make reading us seamlessly easier and as reliable as ever. Google removed us from searches years ago. We used to be indexed in Google News. Armies of editors have re-written our Wiki etc and to be honest, I can not keep whacking the mole. Guess what? We're still here. And you might have to click into a browser to read us.
Autism will always be our primary topic. We write about vaccine injury and medical freedom as an integral part of the epidemic but at the end of the day, and maybe the social media era, we are an autism site. We write about vaccine choice because many of us had no choice or knowledge when our babies were born. And there are so many current issues to discuss. I don't want to over-expand or water us down because some folks who write about other topics of social importance actively dislike, mistrust and frankly, avoid us. We scare them. Vaccine injury is the last third rail. Autism makes their donors nervous. (Not our warrior donors.) Tough noogies and adios. No thanks. We are the Age of AUTISM.
I published this on our Age of Autism Facebook page on Saturday evening:
Why do we continue to write, publish and talk about the autism epidemic? Because, almost twenty years after this photo was taken, not much has changed for the better, has it? We have intense needs for our children, our loved ones and our adult friends with autism. It doesn't always matter HOW we got here. Vaccine injury, family history - we are HERE.
Age of Autism will always write from INSIDE the epidemic because this is where we live. I sure do. Mia, Gianna and Bella are each in their 20s now. Imagine that. Please, keep supporting us, read us, agree or disagree with what we publish - we'll never be all things to everyone. We're approaching the 4th anniversary of the death of our dear co-founder Dan Olmsted. I'm amazed and proud we have continued in his name. AofA isn't the same. I could never hope to match Dan's professional Yale journalism expertise. That said, I think we have a personality and voice that's unique online. And I think we are important.
You know we are real. Boy, oh boy, are we ever. I'm here every single day. A tired Mom of three adults on the spectrum. "And not the gifty kind" as I like to say. I'm here with Mark Blaxill our fierce co-founder, John Stone and Anne Dachel, who have remained with the ship so to speak. John moderates comments from people who think our site is their living room, or their octagon..... Anne tracks the epidemic like a hawk following a rabbit on the ground. Cathy Jameson adds hope and humanity each Sunday. Contributors send us amazing content. So many of our readers are generous supporters as well. And without them, we're sunk.
So thanks, everyone.
I will point out that what many of us old timers hesitate to say, is that it gets MUCH MUCH WORSE in adulthood. The refusal of neurodiversity and previous administrations, including the current one that has now overfilled the swamp with sewage, to acknowledge and ACT on the epidemic beyond "acceptance" has meant no progress for adults and their families. Just as parents are aging, they find themselves with their adult children home with them. Behaviors that are expected at 5, tolerable at 15, are NOT ACCEPTABLE at 25 or beyond in polite society..... The discrimination against people with autism is rampant.
In a matter of months it seems, our governments added several new gender orientations to our forms, licenses, vocabulary in response to the demand for acknowledgement. I'm waiting for the "EAM" category - exhausted autism mom. My point is that we ARE capable of change to deeply embedded systems. Look at what's happened (for better or worse) for COVID. We HAVE the ability, we have never had the will as a nation to look the never ending autism increase in the eye and say, "STOP." Who makes these decisions? Not us. The company line has been to DENY the epidemic and the causes. Our loved ones do NOT fit into old models of day programs, job coaching and housing.
We remain on the "Island" with the train with square wheels and jelly squirt gun and polka dotted elephant. I'd share my HuffPo from ten years ago to explain that, but they deleted ALL of my content years ago as too controversial.