Wednesday, April 2, 2008

World Autism Day

Today is World Autism Day. In my tiny corner of the world we are having a resource fair, the date of which is a coincidence. The fair will be held from 3 -7 p.m. at the library in Mt. Pleasant's downtown area. We will have about seventeen organizations and businessness present. It's our first go at this and we're all a bit nervous. It's going to be a busy day!

I found a post at a world history blog. There isn't anything about World Autism Day there, but there are a few interesting quotes about autism.

My favorite quote from that site:

"What it boils down to is that parenting a child with autism is a difficult job; writing about it is far easier." Elizabeth Moon


Casdok said...

Yes writing about it is the easy bit!
Hope your fair goes well.

MelanieJoy said...

Hi, Julie. My name is Melanie and I work with children with autism.
I ran across your blog and had to visit. It is a honor to work with such special little ones such as yours. I haven't had a chance yet to read your other post but I will.
It is a pleasure meeting you.

Anonymous said...

When I listen to the debates about autism, one variable I don't hear mentioned that seems to be in common is the socioeconomic factor. I have not studied this but I seem to notice that all of the outspoken parents are highly affluent and perhaps they have more financial resources to get more vaccines that other parents who are lower SES and who cannot afford them.
I also seem to notice a high # of WHITE boys being diagnosed. Why?

Anonymous said...

I am outraged that a new organization such as CNN allows such misnomers to continue to spread.
I speak as a father, a scientist and a pediatrician... mind you I became a pediatrician to help children... instead of becoming a plastic surgeon who work on people like Ms. McCarthy for pure cash.
There has been no scientific evidence showing any relationship between autism and vaccination. One of the best studies refuting the connection between vaccines and autism was preformed in one of the Scandinavian countries where there is social health care ... allowing medical records being available on majority of the population. A population that has the one of the least Genetic variability as compared to the United States (secondary to our diversity.) The rates of Autism was the same for pt who were vaccinated vs. those who opted out of vaccinations.
Unfortunately in our country some parents, actually most do not want to face the most obvious cause of Autism.
The GENES they (as in Case of Ms. McCarthy) passed on to their children. It is great to pass on the blame to vaccination... which through out this century a have save numerous lives of children (too many to quantify).
I care for health of children deeply... whether they a minor cold, autism or childhood tumors. I am truly sorry that her child has autism, but to spread falsehoods is not the cure to autism.
To care for children in our country and to give to research for childhood disease is the answer. The amount of money spend on pediatric disease research in our country is dwarfed by the money spent in adult research... and even more by our many other spendings.
If Ms. McCarthy truly cares for her child and well fare of other children, she should come to grips with the fact that her son has Autism, it is no ones fault, and to help gather public support for Scientific research. Otherwise by spreading her falsehoods, she can cost the life of many children to be cut short when they end up contracting one of the childhood diseases that the vaccines would help to protects.

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

Best of luck with the resource fair - I'm sure it will all go really well! We'll be waiting to hear all about it!!