Having an autistic child is not the end of the world--far from it. It is my hope that through this blog, at least a handful of people will get to understand that. My child is amazing, she brings us tremendous joy. We have good days & bad days, but we CHOOSE to focus on the good. Our belief is that by loving our daughter, giving her the most comfortable environment we can, and by most of all accepting her differences, she will continue to blossom--in her OWN way.

3/1/08

And It Begins...

Someone warned me this wasn't going to go away, and that I'd surely be writing about it again. They were right. By the end of this, I'm not sure if I'll have any hair left to pull out. I figured it was only a matter of time before some of the big groups ran with this. However, I really hoped that at the very least, organizations would read the facts of the case and realize it has nothing to do with their "cause."

The National Autism Association (by the way, isn't this a sports league?) has announced that the ruling in the now infamous case (you know, the one that is really about mito and vaccines, not autism and vaccines, that one) confirms what all those parents have known all along: Vaccines cause autism. And now, they delight, the government is finally admitting it.

You know, it's one thing for a handful of people to skim through the case documents and conclude something like that. It's quite another to have person upon person, and now organization, to declare some sort of warped victory in all of this. It's really upsetting to me how many people will simply take someone else's word. It's the Operator Game theory--some of the case papers are released, a couple of anti-vaxers write on it (in their opinion), and next thing you know, the headline reads: "Government Finally Admits Vaccines Are Bad," or "Government Finally Comes Clean, They've Been Giving Autism To Generations," and so on!

The National Autism Association (NAA) sees the ruling as confirmation of what so many parents have been saying for years. "This case echoes the stories of thousands of children across the country. With almost 5,000 similar cases pending in vaccine court, we are confident that this is just the first of many that will confirm what we have believed for so long, vaccines can and do cause children to regress into autism," says Wendy Fournier, parent and president of NAA. "We call on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to acknowledge that the current vaccine schedule is not safe for every child and as with the administration of any medicine, individual risks and susceptibilities must be considered for each patient."

This may come as a shock to some...but I am actually speechless after that!

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