It’s been three years to the day since I started AutismNewsBeat. You can see my first post here. Much has changed since then, mostly for the better. Top notch investigations by the Chicago Tribune, Wired Magazine, Scientific American, PBS Frontline, and others and shown a light on the anti-vaccine movement. Master prestidigitators Penn and Teller exposed the dishonesty of vaccine rejectionists and the quack autism cure industry. Vaccine scientist Dr. Paul Offit published Autism’s False Prophets, which helped created a more realistic news narrative, and Alison Singer created the Autism Science Foundation.
Thanks to everyone who visits my website, and special thanks to the open-minded editors and reporters who eschew false balance and baseless assumptions, as they write about this complicated and important subject. And thanks to my son, Christopher, who was diagnosed 12 years ago with autistic disorder, for teaching me more than I can put in words.