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ANB is three years old

October 6th, 2010 · 15 Comments · Housecleaning

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.




15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Clay // Oct 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    And Happy Birthday to ANB!

  • 2 Squillo // Oct 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Happy blogiversary to you, and your handsome boy.

  • 3 Denise // Oct 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Congratulations! You have much to be proud of. The world is a better place because of your tenacity and dedication; you have chosen to fight the good fight for the sake of children everywhere. I love you and am very proud to call you my brother…

  • 4 autblog // Oct 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm


  • 5 John // Oct 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    He took his vorpal sword in hand

  • 6 FreeSpeaker // Oct 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Three years of demonstrating that truth in publishing is mightier than the BigLie.

    Is that good looking Christopher adopted? I see no family resemblance.

  • 7 KWombles // Oct 7, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Happy blogging anniversary! You’ve done some incredible work. :-)

  • 8 Nathan Kneifel // Oct 7, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Congratulations! I saw the Penn & Teller episode and called my parents…it was a unique surprise to see family on the show…and of course not a surprise to see you on the smart side of the debate. 😉 Well done!

  • 9 autblog // Oct 7, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Thanks, Nate!

  • 10 Sullivan // Oct 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I just posted a blog post including recollections of when Kev first alerted me to your blog.

    Good job keeping the media informed. Glad to see an autism blogger with an understanding of the media.

  • 11 Sullivan // Oct 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Three years ago any autism-vaccine story in the press had to have “balance” from JB Handley or some other spokesperson. The NIEHS autism and the environment panel included Mark Blaxill. Success in the autism omnibus was considered possible.

    Times have changed. “Balance” is no longer needed. NIEHS has autism experts. The Omnibus is over.

    All this since AutismNewsBeat started.

    Coincidence? Mere correlation? Correlation is causation, isn’t it?

  • 12 autblog // Oct 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    The decline of the anti-vaccine movement closely tracks the rise of piracy. Just sayin’.

  • 13 Alice Akin // Oct 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Ken — We are so proud of you for all of your hard work in getting the truth out to the public. You have done a real service for kids and their parents and teachers. Love Ya — Mom

  • 14 Jane // Oct 13, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for your dedication to the truth.

  • 15 Bhabby // Dec 19, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Wow I am so delighted that you have made a DVD and look so fowrard to watching it.When I read your book the first time I thought oh my god it’s all about my daughter Hannah. We share this book with all our volunteers and treasure it so much. Other parents that have read it say exactly the same thing and I think all parents should read it even if their kids don’t have Autism just so they have an insight into the Autistic world. We have attended start up and max impact and due to attend new frontiers in November and so so busy fundraising to get Hannah our nearly 7 year old to an intensive hopefully next year. We have 6 children 4 typically developing and 2 with Autism. Our other daughter Xarie who is 5 is progressing with just a sprinkle of Son-rise dust where as Hannah needs alot more. We run our program 6 days per week and she attends special school just one day each week (more to satisfy the education department than anything else). I so look fowrard to receiving this DVD and the phone call and thankyou so much for offering a discount through facebook, as we need all the assistance we can get.Thanks again ..Keep up the good work Love Lyndall & family xxx

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