On Sept. 6, Lisa Jo Rudy ran a column on her blog titled, Autism On the Warpath, about the call from the National Autism Association for advocates to contact legislators, federal health officials, and the mediaasking the question, "How much longer?" See the campaign here.
In essence, how much longer will we continue to ignore the autism epidemic, now affecting one percent of our children?
In her piece, Lisa Jo pointed out that the NAA's position on the cause of autism puts them "at odds with most mainstream autism-related organizations and researchers." She doesn't believe that seeing normally developing children regress after vaccinations is proof that vaccines can cause autism. Nor does she think that "personal accusations of cowardice and deceit are the best way to make an impact on federal policy," ---tactics being used by the NAA.
In summary, she said, "Granted we have a long, long way to go before people with autism -or any developmental or mental disability - are fully accepted, supported, and valued. There are abuses, there is neglect, and these issues must be confronted and addressed. "But it's hard for me to believe that a kick in the teeth will motivate anyone -- even Tom Insel -- to positive action."
I posted a comment on her article (#32) in which I said, "Lisa Jo Rudy is never really worried about autism. She can’t understand why the NAA should be. She criticizes the NAA for asking the question, “How much longer?” Rudy obviously trusts that folks like Tom Insel are doing their best to address autism. Rudy outlines her goals….” Granted we have a long, long way to go before people with autism -or any developmental or mental disability – are fully accepted, supported, and valued. There are abuses, there is neglect, and these issues must be confronted and addressed.”
She wants autistic people to be accepted, supported and valued. Any sane person wants no more autism, and they want children in the grip of autism to recover. Rudy is happy with the status quo. If she keeps writing like this, she’ll get a post on the IACC.