Here is a good post on The Thinking Mom’s Revolution posted today April 2, 2012
Did you hear the crashing thud last week when the CDC announced that 1 out of every 88 children has Autism? That was the sound of the medical establishment losing its moral authority in the Autism conversation. Despite Tom Insel, head of the IACC, spinning the message again as “better diagnosing”, the sharp reality of the rise of the Autism numbers cut through his assurances.
We are at a watershed moment much like a point in the television news coverage of the Vietnam War immediately following the Tet Offensive in January 1968. The horrific images caught on camera and the number of reported casualties was so grim they didn’t match the cheery sound bites fed to the media from the American military leadership.
In the Autism Crisis, you could see the beginning of a palpable shift last week. In the news coverage you glimpsed a bit of skepticism in the eyes of the reporters being fed the same lines, by the parade of frequent denialists, that were the mainstay of the conversation several years ago when the new number was 1 out of 150 children. Perhaps this is because Autistic children aren’t just statistics anymore; they belong to every one of us. There isn’t anyone left who doesn’t have a connection to an Autistic child. The party line “better diagnostics” doesn’t fit with what every single one of us, including the camera man and reporter, is experiencing on the ground. We see Autistic children everywhere. And the second equally clear reality; we didn’t grow up with Autistic children.
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