Neighborhood Prevails Against Home for Young Men with Autism

In a sorry sequel to our previous story about a New York borough opposed to having a group home for young men with autism in their neighborhood, the non-profit seeking to establish the home has given up and plans to seek a new location. The involved agency, Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) issued [...]

Florida Mom Jailed for Truancy of Son with Autism

Tampa, Florida brings us an appalling case of a single mother jailed because her child with autism missed too much school. Non-verbal and prone to disrupting class, the son attended half-days at his elementary school. His mother would often sit in the hall during that time waiting to have to take him home after his [...]

The State vs Autism Families

A series of disturbing news stories paints a grim picture of the State’s intervention in the families of individuals with autism. Perhaps the most harrowing case emerged from The Detroit Free Press, who recently published a six-part investigation into the Wendrow family, who have a teen daughter with severe autism and a son with Asperger’s [...]

James Durbin Voting Complaints Yet to be Addressed

In many seasons since its inception, American Idol has been dogged with accusations of voting irregularities, mainly from disgruntled fans of popular contestants who were upset that their favorites did not advance to the next round. It’s no surprise, then, when James Durbin was eliminated last week, a large number of fans took to Facebook [...]

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 [...]

Doctor Misconduct Further Clouds the Truth About Autism

I have said for many years that contradictory studies or even the studies that are simply false, will always have supporters as long as the results are what those people want to hear. This is never more evident than when doctors behind those studies are found guilty or accused of doing something wrong and people [...]

James Durbin Upsets Jackson Family with Pepsi Comment

A seemingly harmless and unscripted exchange between American Idol contestant James Durbin and host Ryan Seacrest has touched off a controversy involving Michael Jackson’s family.  According to TMZ, the Jackson family, including Michael’s father Joe, is upset at Durbin’s off-the-cuff remark on Wednesday evening when he stated, “I have a lot of hairspray in my [...]

Law Enforcement Woes Associated with Autism Continue

A recent Virginia case in which an teenager with Asperger’s was sentenced by jury to ten-and-a-half years in prison for assaulting a police officer is a horrible tragedy for all concerned.  News accounts reported that the teen went to the library, but finding it closed, sat down outside on the grass. It was pointed out [...]

Despite Setbacks, Autism-Vaccine Research Continues

The recent Supreme Court ruling shielding pharmaceutical companies from vaccine injury liability is a devastating blow for countless families who have fought many years attempting to link their children’s autism to vaccinations. While the decision was entirely predictable, it should be emphasized that much more research is still needed before vaccine manufacturers get a free [...]

 
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