Autism Movie Plays Role in 2012 Presidential Election

Those of you who have been following The United States of Autism for a little while know that the film features a family out of Iowa who are incredibly active in the 2012 US Presidential Elections, speaking about autism every time the season comes around. What you may not know is that thanks to them, [...]

Vaccines, Autism and the Squelching of the Non-Believers

A couple of interesting news reports on vaccines and autism were recently juxtaposed.  The Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) has conducted extensive research on the vaccine compensation program as it relates to incidents of autism. In the face of overwhelming and concerted opposition, HDNet’s World Report and its Emmy-award winning journalist [...]

Military Families Confront Autism

Every family affected by autism experiences stress, but try to imagine the burdens of a military family coping with the disorder. Not only is the father or mother at risk in a foreign land, but military families have to move frequently as they are reassigned to new bases. These disruptions and uncertainties would be a [...]

Autism: A Disability or Disorder?

As we all know, the vaccine-autism debate can often be as virulent as the diseases the vaccines are intended to prevent. But equally as rancorous is the debate of whether autism is a disability or a disorder. The question cuts to the heart of issues from allocation of funding to how individuals with autism want [...]

Finding Middle Ground in the Vaccine-Autism Debate

In watching the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) as it held its press conference on the steps of the US Court of Federal Claims a few days ago, I was struck by the common message of parents whose children were injured by vaccines which can be summed up with the phrase, [...]

The Reason for the Autism-Vaccine Injury Press Conference

Earlier today, the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) held a press conference on the steps of the US Court of Federal Claims and presented the findings of an investigation of the “Vaccine Court” settlements paid out to families that had experienced vaccine injuries. The peer-reviewed study looked at cases of vaccine-injured [...]

Vaccine Injury Report Set to Reignite Autism-Vaccine Debate

In what is sure to open up a new front in the autism-vaccine wars, the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) has announced a major press conference on the steps of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims tomorrow, apparently to unveil results of an investigation linking vaccine injuries to autism. EBCALA claims [...]

Autism Law Set to Expire Later this Year

In the closing days of Autism Awareness Month, the White House sponsored an Autism Awareness Conference. Senior Adviser to the President, Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, spoke to an audience of parents, advocates and experts at an Autism Awareness Month Conference at the White House. The speakers touted the [...]

Spanking in Schools Still Legal in Nineteen States

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.  These are the remaining states where corporal punishment is still legal in schools. On April 7, New Mexico courageously removed itself from the list. Despite empirical evidence that corporal punishment negatively impacts academic [...]

UN Secretary-General Addresses Autism

On April 6 in New York City, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued these remarks to a panel discussion on “Solving the Autism Public Health Puzzle: Regional and International Collaboration:" "I am honored to be here today with all of you.  My wife and I both feel strongly that autism is a matter of international concern [...]

 
 
 

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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
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  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
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