"In your new book, 'The Autistic Brain,' you seriously entertain possible links between vaccines and autism in children, links that scientists have vehemently dismissed.
"Well, there's only one vaccine that could possibly be a problem, and that's the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. Now that they've changed the vaccine, it has fewer antigens, and that would make it a lot safer. But with the old version of the vaccine, I have not yet come across a study that looked at regressives - when a child had some speech but lost it."
Amazing that Times actually has a comment section. We'll have to see if they approve any. So Grandin thinks it's only the MMR...and the number of antigens has been reduced so now it's safer?
"For students with mild autism, the middle-school years are particularly difficult, according to Winner, who said with even with their limited social awareness "they totally realize they are not fitting in; their drowning in anxiety." "Schools provided the most help for autistic students at elementary grade levels, Winner said. High schoolers get far less support.
"'The belief is that children outgrow their problems,' she said. 'But it gets harder and harder, we have no services.'"
Children outgrow autism? We can't imagine the impact autism will have on MA. Another story said that there are 10,000 students in MA schools with autism---and no one can reasonably explain it.
"Families from all corners of the Commonwealth gathered at the Mass. Statehouse Thursday to observe 'Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day.'
"The event was put on by 'Advocates for Autism' and featured parents of children living on the autism spectrum.
"They spoke about how Massachusetts must prepare to deal with autism. An estimated 10,000 Massachusetts residents with autism will reach adulthood and need housing in the next decade." There are 10,000 kids with autism in MA who will age out of school in the next 10 years. Why? Does anyone care?
"Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus), may not be as safe as backers claim. "Judicial Watch announced it has received documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded $5,877,710 dollars to 49 victims in claims made against the highly controversial HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. To date 200 claims have been filed with VICP, with barely half adjudicated."
"April is national Autism awareness month. 1 in 88 American children have a diagnosis of autism, a number that has been climbing rapidly (a 1,148% increase, according to the Autism society).
"As a physician specializing in pediatrics it is frustrating to continue to hear the conversation centered around vaccines causing autism. I believe we are doing the autistic community a disservice by continuing to wage a war of words regarding autism and vaccines. Though no study has looked at the totality of vaccines, at least the MMR vaccine/Autism link has been emphatically disproven in literature."