US Court Says Measles Vaccine Not To Blame for Causing Autism

Filed Under (Activism, Autism and The Media, Autism and Vaccines) by Estee on 13-02-2009

Last night, while going out with a girlfriend, I ran into two comments about autism. The first was the “I’m sorry” [your kid has autism] comment, to which I can now calmly reply that this person need not be sorry for Adam is the best kid in the world (and then explain nicely why I respond as such). In fact, when I see neurotypical kids nag their parents and get greedy for things, I feel I am blessed with a conversely gentle, affable, loving, amazing child who is growing and learning and changing by the day.

The second was the usual question I get “So, what do you think of Jenny McCarthy?” Well, all you need to do is go to the right side bar, watch my Autism In The Media video for an answer on that. Usually, people unfamiliar with autism and the politics surrounding it will believe Jenny and are shocked that I do not endorse her. They sort of look at me a little perplexed and conclude “well at last she’s raising awareness.”

As I’ve said before and will say again — not all awareness and advocacy is healthy awareness and advocacy. Anything that shifts public perception to lesson the value of human beings based on their disability, sways people to feel sorry for us or our children, or endangers their health, is not advancing the needs of autistic individuals or creating an Inclusive society.  It is so unfortunate that Jenny has received so much air time and so many children have died as a result of her claims that vaccines cause autism. Refreshing was the woman last night who had asked me the question about my thoughts on Jenny. She also managed (as a scientist) to understand the scope of Jenny’s damage to autistic people.

This has been going on (and there are much better bloggers on the science and politics of vaccines and autism including Kathleen Seidel, Left Brain/Right Brain, Mike Stanton…). As I sat with my girlfriend at a restaurant last night, I receive an email to watch CNN. Any time there’s something about autism, I get similar emails, but the thing is, this is old news for so many of us. Those who watch the science, instead of following Jenny-And-The-Quacks, have known this for a long period of time. 

Andrew Wakefield is busted and CNN is finally reporting (what most of us already knew), that vaccines do not cause autism. Do you think Oprah and Larry King will follow suit? Do you think that science will be of more interest than mysticism, speculation, sensationalism, and autism as Hollywood entertainment?

For more on the US Court ruling, view the article here.

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About Me


ESTÉE KLAR

I’m a PhD candidate at York University, Critical Disability Studies, with a multi-disciplinary background in the arts as a curator and writer. I am the Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project (www.taaproject.com), and an enamoured mother of my only son who lives with the autism label. I like to write about our journey, critical issues regarding autism in the area of human rights, law, and social justice, as well as reflexive practices in (auto)ethnographic writing about autism.