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Writer/Curator/Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project. Contributing Author to Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood, and Concepts of Normality by Wendy Lawson, and soon to be published Gravity Pulls You In. Writing my own book. Lecturer on autism and the media and parenting. Current graduate student Critical Disability Studies and most importantly, mother of Adam -- a new and emerging writer.

“There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.” -- Baruch Spinoza

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

 

Doctors Speak Out Against ABC Autism Program (but ABC refuses to listen)

Tomorrow night, this program will air on ABC. Today, our Toronto news media have spoken out also against the airing of the show, stating that "ABC will have the deaths of thousands of children on their hands." Entertainment or not, ABC should be held responsible for the perpetuation of fear and inaccurate information that vaccines cause autism, which for a long time now has been disproven by science.

But many of us know, that empirical evidence means nothing to marketeers who have so much to financially gain from "alternative medicine."

Of course, as an individual who speaks publically about how the media does damage to autistic people, perhaps we can all send an email to ABC stating whether under the guise of "entertainment" or not, the proliferation of inaccurate information is damaging to millions of individuals. Email ABC here to post a comment on their message board.

"I wish to propose for the reader’s favourable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.

-- Bertrand Russell, 1935, On The Value of Skepticism

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