A number of years ago I started writing about something I call The Really Big Lie about Autism.
Here’s my original 2006 article about “The Really Big Lie.”
In the following years I put out additions to the “Really Big Lie” story because it’s the lie that can’t ever die.
So what is “The Really Big Lie”?
This is the rule written in stone that there has not been nor will ever be a real increase in the number of children with autism—no matter what the rate.
In my original piece in 2006 I talked about my experiences when my son, who is now 35, was first diagnosed in the 1990s. Back then autism was this rare, mysterious disorder.
It’s important to note that the U.S. autism rate back in 2006 was one in every 166 children, as announced in 2004. That, of course, was the result of “better diagnosing/no real increase.”
One in 166 is nothing compared to the statistics we’ve grown accustomed to over the years.
2007: one in 150, 2009: one in 110, 2012: one in 88, 2014: one in 68, 2018: one in 59, (also in 2018: one in 40 according to a separate study published in JAMA), 2020: one in 54.
STILL each and every increase was the same, no increase in the actual number of kids with autism.
I have to point out that there have been little additions to these inexplicable numbers, additions that were neatly and quickly swept away with no follow-up.
I’m talking about news reports on research showing that in many places the autism numbers are through the roof. For instance, North Carolina: one in 39, South Korea: one in 38, New Jersey: one in 32, Hong Kong: one in 27, Northern Ireland: one in 22, and most recently Toms River, NJ: one in every 14 students, one in every 8 boys.
There’s a lot of disparity here. Shouldn’t someone try to make sense out of unrelenting increases and figure out why individual places have such horrific numbers? Is there no end in sight? When will things get bad enough for health officials to wake up to what’s happening?
None of that will ever happen.
Each and every increase in autism has been explained away by some notable from the CDC, often in a US Public Health uniform, advising us that officials do not know if THIS increase shows a real increase in the number of children with autism. (Actually that cryptic statement means FROM THE LAST BIG LEAP IN THE AUTISM RATE, but the press dutifully reports on it as NO REAL INCREASE EVER.)
Arguably the medical community and US health officials have done nothing over the last 20 years to address the autism epidemic except watch the numbers of disabled children explode while telling us it wasn’t real.
It’s clear that three things are inevitable because events are beyond our control now:
- Autism statistics will not level out; they will only get worse because we’re doing nothing to stop them.
- Health officials will continue to accept whatever the numbers are with no alarm or even real concern. (No one at the CDC has ever referred to autism using the word “crisis.”)
- The CDC will continue to repeat “The Really Big Lie,” no matter how bad things get.
I added that third point because it’s way too late for anyone at the CDC to announce, “Oops, there really are more children with autism. It’s not better diagnosing/greater awareness/expanded definition. We messed up on this big time. Sorry.”
This brings me to the latest official fantasy about autism from the UK.
All one has to do is look at my website, Loss of Brain Trust to understand that Britain is on borrowed time when it comes to handling autism.
On Loss of Brain Trust I report on news stories about the decline of education due to the massive numbers of disabled students, and I show that the UK is now overwhelmed with special education costs, predominately because of the growth of autism.
The words “increased demand” and “expected growth” are endlessly chimed with no explanations given. Everywhere in Britain they are spending millions locally on new special schools/autism schools. The same thing is happening in Ireland.
The national government in each country pours billions into schools to provide for the disabled, yet educators continue to show no real alarm. The adjectives “excited” and “delighted” are often the terms used by officials when talking about having to add autism classes, units, and even building whole schools for autistic students. Don’t worry, everything is fine. We’re “delighted” to be doing this.
We’re also told it’s not going to stop. Many places in the UK expect the exponential growth to continue. County councils provide school funding, and they routinely forecast MORE AUTISTIC STUDENTS in the years to come.
So, how long can this disaster continue before everything just collapses moneywise?
There are some people raising questions. I’ve seen stories, but anyone even hinting that we should look into the special education numbers is immediately slammed as attacking the disabled.
In the midst of this impossible situation is the latest research from Exeter University in Britain. Only the totally clueless will take this seriously, but it is getting media attention. It’s the latest update on the REALLY BIG LIE ABOUT AUTISM, a kind of new spin on the old lie.
A 787 percent increase in autism over the lasts 20 years in the UK is due to “increasing recognition” of the disorder in girls and in adults. Case closed.
Here’s the spin:
The number of people diagnosed with autism in England has jumped more than twentyfold in two decades, with a greater rise among females and adults, new research has found.
University of Exeter researchers say the 787 per cent rise from 1998 to 2018, identified using the GP records of more than nine million patients, is likely due to increasing recognition and understanding of autism.
The UK Times:
A diagnosis of autism has become meaningless, one scientist has claimed, after the number of new cases rose by 787 per cent in two decades.
There has been an explosive growth in autism diagnoses in England, largely due to an increase in recognition. The rise, between 1998 and 2018, was greater in women than men, and the highest rise recorded in adult diagnosis.
Uta Frith, a neuroscientist and emeritus professor of cognitive development at University College London, said the figures showed that urgent changes were needed in how the condition is diagnosed. “It strongly suggests that the diagnosis of autism has been stretched to breaking point and has outgrown its purpose,” she said.
The number of people diagnosed with autism has jumped by 787 percent in the past two decades, a new study shows, likely an effect of increasing recognition. The exponential increase—between 1998 and 2018—was greater for females than males, with the greatest rises among adults.
Adult diagnoses have been a particular feature of the rise and the University of Exeter researchers who carried out the study believe the huge increase in cases is attributable primarily to better identification.
Autism diagnoses in England have soared nearly eight-fold in the past two decades, a study has shown.
UK researchers said the 'explosive' rise was likely due to increased awareness and screening for the condition. …
Lead author of the study Ginny Russel said this growth was driven by more cases in girls and adults, which suggested better identification of autism as the cause.
(Several of these stories do admit that a real increase “may have contributed to the increase in prevalence,” but that caveat is buried deep in the story and certainly not in the headline.)
The lie lives on.
So an autism rate that is based on studies of eight year olds is growing because we’re finally diagnosing it in two neglected groups, namely females, along with adults in general. How does that work exactly? No one asks.
In 2011 research from the UK showed that, as a result of a phone survey, the autism rate among adults was comparable to the rate we see in children. Case closed.
That was bogus of course, but it got a lot of press coverage. No one bothered to ask why the autism we see in children leaves them nonverbal, self-abusing, chronically ill and learning impaired. This group would hardly be able to respond to questions over the phone.
The latest “science” claiming that more females and adults diagnosed with autism explains why they’re building whole schools for autism in Britain is a real stretch of the imagination.
Studies like the one in 2011 and this latest one from the UK have to be funded of course. They’re the red herrings that allow everyone to sleep nights.