Autism-Vaccine Debate Reaches Toxic Levels

In Sunday’s Doonesbury comic strip, even famed cartoonist Garry Trudeau decided to weigh in on the autism-vaccine debate, taking swipes at Jenny McCarthy in the process. McCarthy, who has become the de facto face of the anti-vaccination movement, has taken a beating in recent months, particularly when charges of fraud surfaced from a 1998 study [...]

James Durbin Advances to Vegas on American Idol

Last night, viewers didn’t get to see much of James Durbin, other than a quick glimpse of him emotionally celebrating in Room One, where he, along with a few dozen other American Idol contestants, learned they would be advancing to the next round, which will take place in Las Vegas.  Durbin’s performance was not aired, [...]

Child With Autism Bullied at Disney World

An upsetting incident has been reported by Amanda Broadfoot over at Life is a Spectrum. According to her blog, an incident occurred this past New Year’s Eve while on a trip to Orlando, Florida when her and her family were dining at the ABC Commissary restaurant in Hollywood Studios (part of the Walt Disney World [...]

Autism Advocates Tap Social Media Sites to Promote Awareness

With the meteoric rise of social media Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter, many individuals and groups now have the opportunity to reach large numbers of people to promote awareness, advocacy and attention for their causes. Such is the case with autism, where a dramatic spike in prevalence over the last 10 years has [...]

Son of Jenny McCarthy Suffers Seizure, Sent to Emergency Room

It is estimated that between 25%-30% of those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder will suffer at least one seizure before the onset of puberty. Varying in degree and intensity, these incidents can be incredibly traumatic for parents to witness, particularly if it’s a first-time episode.  Unfortunately, on Sunday night, Jenny McCarthy’s son suffered one, [...]

American Idol Frontrunner Has Tourette Syndrome, Autism

Each year, American Idol produces a handful of contestants who give memorable performances during the audition rounds, immediately making them odds-on favorites to win. Last night, millions of American Idol viewers were introduced to just such a contestant in James Durbin. Durbin is a 21-year-old Santa Cruz, California resident and unemployed father who has faced [...]

Bill Gates Says Anti-Vaccination Groups “Kill Children”

In a recent one-on-one interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Bill Gates discussed his foundation’s $10 billion pledge over the next ten years to develop and deliver vaccinations to children worldwide. When the recent Andrew Wakefield scandal was brought up by Dr. Gupta, Gates re-affirmed the charge that Dr. Wakefield used fraudulent data for his [...]

Large Lawsuit Settlement Sets Poor Precedent

A federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida has finalized a settlement, awarding a mother of a child with autism $427,000 for an incident that took place nearly three years ago, when her son was voted out of kindergarten by his classmates. In May of 2008, teacher Wendy Portillo brought Alex Barton to the front [...]

Virginia Moves Closer Towards Increased Autism Benefits

Today, the Virginia House of Delegates moved closer towards providing increased autism coverage for residents of the state.  HB 2467 advanced on a "voice vote," despite opposition by some House members.  The proposed bill would mandate coverage of applied behavior analysis for children with autism between the ages of two and six, with a max. [...]

Finding the Best States for Autism Services

Thanks in large part to the Autism Votes initiative, there has been a near domino-effect of states pushing for autism insurance reform. Missouri, California, Oregon and Virginia are the most recent states that have made headlines in the past few weeks related to this issue. In light of the current legislative efforts to have autism-related [...]

 
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