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16 Jan 2009, 9:32 pm

‘This Question Has Been Asked And Answered’
A top exec quits a major autism group because she doesn't think vaccines cause the disorder.

The warfare over vaccines and autism is heating up yet again. This week, Alison Singer, the executive vice president of communications and awareness at Autism Speaks, one of the nation's leading autism advocacy groups, announced her resignation, citing a difference of opinion over the organization's policy on vaccine research. "Dozens of credible scientific studies have exonerated vaccines as a cause of autism," she wrote in a statement. "I believe we must devote limited funding to more promising avenues of autism research." Singer, who has an 11-year-old daughter with autism, joined the organization when it launched in 2005. Singer praised Autism Speaks and its founders, Bob and Suzanne Wright, but said she could no longer work for a group that supports spending limited resources on vaccine research. Calling Singer's resignation "disappointing and sad," Bob Wright says more authoritative research needs to be conducted on the safety of vaccines given to children under 2. "We all know that autism has genetic causes, but it's highly associated with environmental factors we can't get our hands around," says Wright. "Vaccines fall into that category." NEWSWEEK's Claudia Kalb spoke with Alison Singer about her resignation. Excerpts:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/179998?from=rss

Kids With Autism Love This Software
A program created for architects is an unexpected hit with children on the spectrum.

Science is rich with happy flukes. Remember the story of penicillin? Alexander Fleming discovered the bacteria-destroying mold by accident when he left a culture dish uncovered in his lab in 1928. Eight decades later, here's another one: a Googlesoftware program called SketchUp, which was intended largely for architects and design professionals, has found a very unexpected and welcome fan base—children with autism. SketchUp is not only entertaining kids with autism spectrum disorders, it's providing them with skills that might one day help them as they age out of school and into the workforce.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/179952?from=rss


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16 Jan 2009, 10:59 pm

Tee shirt slogan-"There is no cure for Autism, get over it ! !! !"


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16 Jan 2009, 11:18 pm

Yes it's bizarre the way endless amounts of money is thrown at a non existant problem in order to assuage parent's notions that they were cheated mysteriously of a 'normal' child. The whole vaccine thing is just the modern version of the 'changeling' myth - a witch took my child away and left me with a substitute.

Identifying a changeling

Changelings would be identified by voracious appetite, malicious temper, difficulty in movement, and other unpleasant traits.[2] Medieval chronicles recorded instances of this, which is one of the oldest known pieces of folklore about fairies.[3] Changelings usually can be identified by a greenish tint to their skin. Changelings also hate shoes so they walk about barefoot as often as possible. They are very wise and possess an intelligent vocabulary. Their hair is hopelessly tangled, no matter how many times you brush it, and grows very fast. It is said[who?] that if you cut a changeling's hair, it will have grown back the next morning. Their eyes and hair are usually earthen colors such as green and brown.[citation needed]

According to some legends, it is possible to detect changelings as they are much wiser than human children. When changelings are discovered in time, their parents must return them. In one tale of the Brothers Grimm, there's an account of how a woman, who suspected that her child had been exchanged, started to brew beer in the hull of an acorn. The changeling uttered: "now I am as old as an oak in the woods but I have never seen beer being brewed in an acorn", then disappeared.[1]

Changelings are picky eaters unless offered something they like. They have pointed ears. They also grow slower than other humans. Compared to other children, Changelings tend to be extremely eccentric in personality and in clothing choices. As young adults, their strange traits will become harder and harder to conceal.


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of course, part of that denial means denying spending money on actual autistic's needs, as that would mean it's a real condition and that would be too much for them to bear.



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21 Jan 2009, 4:27 am

Well, I applaud her for being sensible.


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