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IMFAR study: No Differences in Early Immunization Rates Among Children with Typical Development... by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum IMFAR, the International Meeting For Autism Research, is going on this week.  In preparation for the meeting, I posted the titles of a number of studies being presented.  ... Read on »
Andrew Wakefield: Now, what about that debate? by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Today we have another article by autism parent and general practitioner Michael Fitzpatrick. In his article, Andrew Wakefield and Vaccine Safety , Dr. Fitzpatrick discuss ... Read on »
Andrew Wakefield and Vaccine Safety by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum All about Andy Even if everything Andrew Wakefield says about the safety of MMR were true it would still not advance the claim that it causes autism. Having failed ... Read on »
A few points about Steve Walker’s measles/autism study by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Michael Fitzpatrick is a general practitioner and autism parent in the U.K. who has been countering misinformation for over a decade. His books include Defeating Autism: ... Read on »
An example of why protections must be in place for special education funding by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Federal law requires that schools do not reduce support for special education. School can reduce support, but if and when they do they face penalties. The Federal Govern ... Read on »
Autism Science Foundtion hosts live chat with David Amaral and Jill Locke tomorrow (Friday) by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The Autism Science Foundation hosts live chats on Fridays during April. Tomorrow they will have chats with David Amaral (of the U.C. Davis MIND Institute) at 12noon east ... Read on »
Sun Times: Lawsuit alleges school bus aide slapped autistic boy by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The Chicago Sun Times reports Lawsuit alleges school bus aide slapped autistic boy . A mother noticed her child was resisting going on the school bus so she put a voi ... Read on »
Mike Fitzpatrick calls Andrew Wakefield’s bluff. Wakefield moves goalposts by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum As recently noted here at Left Brain/Right Brain, Andrew Wakefield asked to debate someone about the MMR vaccine. In specific, he wrote : The more light that shone ... Read on »
Andrew Wakefield: Don’t try to blame me for the results of what I said and did by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Andrew Wakefield is back in the news. Sadly this is because the predicted outbreaks of measles are again occurring in the U.K.. As Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick points out , And ... Read on »
Autism reported at 1 in 50, but some parents no longer report their child is autistic. Can we say... by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A recent study reported that 1 in 50 children in the U.S. are autistic. This is based on parent report via a telephone survey, the National Survey of Children’s Health . ... Read on »
IACC meeting Agenda for 9 April, 2013 by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Tomorrow is a meeting of the U.S. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Full information is on her IACC website. This includes the agenda . 9:00 AM Welcome and ... Read on »
California Department of Education sued by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A group of parents in Morgan Hill, California (a city south of San Jose) have sued the California Department of Education for failing to insure that special education stud ... Read on »
San Jose Mercury News: Three East Bay parents of autistic kindergarten children file federal civil... by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Following on the discussion of Texas allowing video monitoring of special education classrooms, a story from the California San Francisco Bay Area points out why such moni ... Read on »
San Francisco Chronicle: Texas Senate passes special education cameras bill by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A big question is how does one monitor the status of a special education classroom when the students are unable to communicate effectively? With a non disabled child, or ... Read on »
Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism: An Interview with IACC Member Dr. Matt Carey by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I am way behind on blogging. So far behind that I didn’t even mention here an interview I did with the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism: An Interview with IACC Member Dr. ... Read on »
ASAN Releases Policy Brief on Organ Transplant Discrimination; Meets with Senior HHS Leaders by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issed a policy brief last month on the subject of organ transplant discrimination. Over the past year a few cases of denial of o ... Read on »
IACC Recommends Public and Private Insurance Coverage of Early Behavioral Interventions for... by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The U.S. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) sent a letter recently to Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services calling for public and p ... Read on »
Stephen Bustin: Why There Is no Link Between Measles Virus and Autism by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Andrew Wakefield promoted the idea that the MMR vaccine caused autism. While his now-retracted 1997 Lancet paper is most often discussed, the strongest evidence he had act ... Read on »
Letter from New York State Education Department to Judge Rotenberg Center: cease use of electric... by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) is known for its use of strong aversives in the educational programs of many of the students resident there. These aversives are delivere ... Read on »
United Nations statements on Autism Awareness Day by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The United Nations released two statments on April 2nd, Autism Awareness day. Those statements, from the U.N. Secretary General and the U.N. as a whole are below. F ... Read on »