Autism Watch: 2007

Posts Tagged ‘CDC

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve gotten really caught up in the news of the day re: autism. I’ve spent too much time reading about the court case and which politician is going to do something for the cause of autism. Not that it’s not good reading, but I have to remind myself, it’s not the big picture. Technically, for the world at large, it is the big picture. But for parents of autistic kids, the big picture is daily life with our child; it’s keeping our child safe and happy each day. It’s attending therapy appointments, IEPs, going to the school or answering school phonecalls. It’s buying and making special food. It’s researching what supplement does what, or what new equipment we can buy to help supplement occupational therapy at home. It’s cuddling our child when he gets upset, or tending to a boo-boo without overwhelming him. It’s bathing and brushing teeth in the regular routine, getting haircuts without sending him over the edge, and paving the path for shopping trips and other unknowns. That’s the big picture.

I’ll continue to read the news, to state my opinion that vaccines contribute to autism (in a way that will eventually come to light more than now) and I’ll keep researching who to vote until election day is over with. But, I won’t let it overtake the big picture, my focus, my priority. I think sometimes we tend to get so caught up in fixing our kids, we forget to enjoy them and handle them as they are.

Turn on the news right now, and you’ll probably hear about it. CNN had a great piece about autism and the story of Hannah Poling and her family. Here’s a link to a blog about it: Paging Dr. Gupta.

Another article, this one from Georgia Girl, 9, Helps Link Vaccines to Autism Cause.

And perhaps my favorite one of the day, from Couric & Co., CBSNews: Autism: Why the Debate Rages. If you read no other article, read this one. Share it.

Yes, there’s no definitive proof saying “vaccines cause autism.” However, this latest story has got to give people pause. Me? I think children with autism are genetically pre-disposed and vaccines contribute to their autism. At this point, how much longer can it take before it’s pure common sense to re-visit the vaccine schedule to space it out longer and remove any toxins from it? And to remove thimerasol, an unnecessary preservative, from flu shots and other vaccines? (It’s already mainly out of typical childhood vaccines, but those are not the only vaccines, a common misconception.) With the amount of concern, even without proof, why can’t things be changed?

I know, a mind-boggling, head-banging trillion dollar question.

U.S. Appoints Autism Advocates to New Federal Panel  From Reuters

Dare we hope it’ll help? I’m thrilled by some of the names on the committee list though — Lyn Redwood (Coalition for Safe Minds) and Lee Grossman (Autism Society of America) are excellent choices. The mention of vaccines causing autism is a good sign, but it’s almost scary to get encouraged by the thought of that being mentioned in the same article as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

State Delivers Reprieve on Autism Aid  Times Reporter, Ohio

Like it should have ever been stopped in the first place? There’s too many disabled people, so they get penalized? NO words. There are no words that I can say here.

UN Designates April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day Pravda Online


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