The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2015. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. (Autism Speaks announcement)
My wife and I volunteered to help out at the Autism Academy of South Carolina event to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. It was held in the AASC's sizable parking lot behind their building in Columbia. There were a number of "vendor booths" where businesses were selling jewelry, cosmetics, Tupperware, books for kids, food, etc, in exchange, I'm sure, for a donation to the school. And there were games and entertainments, mostly geared to kids.
Donna and I hosted the duck pond, which was a child's wading pool with about ten, small rubber ducks floating in it. Kids simply chose a duck and if it had a star on its underside, the child won a candy or toy prize. And if they didn't pick a starred duck, they could keep trying until they did. Well, sometimes you get multiple chances in life.
Probably about 200 or so people came through with their kids. I expect most were associated with the school somehow, either by working there or having a child enrolled. It was a generally good time for all. A few characters wandered around (Easter bunny, Sesame Street's Elmo, a rooster, etc) to amuse the kids and take pictures with them. There was some dancing led by groups on a stage, and it was all topped off with a 1.5 mile "run" through downtown Columbia.
After the event, Donna and I took a little tour of the school. The facilities looked decent and well-kept in a building that I understand was donated by a local Lutheran church. I learned too that the school's enrollment was somewhere between 30 and 50 kids. The work they do is described on the AASC website:
Our team of highly qualified professionals is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families struggling with Autism and related disorders. We provide one-on-one and small group ABA therapy for children and adolescents age 2-21 in a center-based setting. In addition, AASC offers parent training, school consultation, social skills groups, and summer camps.
The impression I got of the staff was one of people dedicated to what they were doing and passionate about helping kids afflicted with autism. Donna and I were glad to donate our time and money to the school.
I run across the topic of autism fairly often in my daily studies of world events and so was interested in the school and the Autism Speaks organization that promotes the Light It Up Blue awareness campaign. I was especially interested in what these groups had to say about autism causes, so I made a little survey of their websites.
In their Facts About Autism page, Autism Speaks notes that:
- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
These are the kinds of facts that are usually given to express the horror of a given disorder or disease, and the reason for urgency in addressing it to find a cure or help sufferers. They certainly apply to autism, and I expect that there are similar facts regarding the prevalence of alzheimers, fibromyalgia, brain cancer, and similar health problems.
Which brings me to the question of autism causes. No one addressed that (within my earshot) at the awareness event. So I checked out the websites and found statements like:
According to the Autism Speaks website, there is no known single cause for autism, although the best available science points to important genetic components.” In the presence of a genetic predisposition to autism, a number of non-genetic, or “environmental,” stresses appear to further increase a child’s risk. The clearest evidence of these autism risk factors involves events before and during birth. It is important to keep in mind that these factors, by themselves, do not cause autism. Rather, in combination with genetic risk factors, they appear to modestly increase risk.”
Experts once believed that autism was almost entirely hereditary. Then research with families participating in the Autism Speaks Autism Genetic Resource Exchange showed that non-inherited influences on early brain development account for nearly half of a child’s risk for developing autism.
These factors include maternal infection and high exposure to air pollution during pregnancy.
So they say they don't really know what causes autism, only that there seems to be genetic and environmental (pollution) aspects that reinforce each other. I was interested to see that they conceded (to some degree) that a toxic environment was at least largely to blame. And considering the skyrocketing prevalence of autism (1-in-68 now, but in 10 years it could be 1-2 according to at least one study; see here), I would think Autism Speaks and other such organizations might want to look a little deeper at the toxicities in both our physical and political environments.
There is a widespread resistance to vaccinating children because of the link from vaccines to autism. An Italian court agrees, noting a 1271-page confidential GlaxoSmithKline report that "provided ample evidence of adverse events from the vaccine, including five known cases of autism resulting from the vaccine’s administration during its clinical trials..."
The problem is that vaccines are typically loaded with adjuvants such as thimerasol, mercury, and aluminum. All of these are neurotoxins.
And these neurotoxins (especially aluminum) are also being sprayed on us constantly so that every breath we take is saturated with them. That spraying is part of the Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering (SAG) program being carried out constantly over our heads. Just look up and spend some time watching the skies. You'll see the planes flying at high altitudes leaving long trails. Most do not dissipate but stretch from horizon to horizon. Within a few hours, they spread and cover the whole sky. Sometimes they do dissipate, but if you watch, you'll see a pattern and you'll notice that the sky is never dark blue (as it was ten years ago) but is always, at best, a pale, milky blue. And the sun, even on a "temperate" day, is always blazing hot (because of increased UV reaching the earth through the Ozone region which is greatly shredded by the spraying).
There is plenty of evidence that this ultimate crime-against-humanity is being carried out, and its link to autism is only one ill effect. See here (especially the video).
At one point during the Autism Awareness event, 68 blue, helium-filled, balloons were released (see picture). They drifted into a sky full of SAG spraying artifacts. The irony was striking: A beautiful expression from people touched by autism and passionate about helping its victims, is seen against an ugly backdrop created by what is likely the leading cause of the disorder.
If you are open to what I've said here, then perhaps it's enough to make you angry; perhaps angry enough to want to do something. If so, then I would say you can help the victims and attack the causes.
Supporting the work of an autism school like the Autism Academy of South Carolina is a good way to help those kids and families devastated by the disorder.
Attacking the causes includes raising public awareness that vaccines (as presently constituted) are dangerous and that geoengineering is going on and is destroying life on earth.
There is, at this time, an online petition placed on the White House website that demands geoengineering be stopped and an investigation into it be launched. If the petition signers exceed 100,000 in number, then the Obama administration is supposed to comment on the issue. Now topping 100K signers will not stop SAG but it could be another way to raise public awareness and let the government know that we know (assuming they even let the petition counter pass 100K).
I hope you will digitally sign the petition. I did. You can find it here. And if you do sign it, please let me know by posting a comment to this journal entry.
Caring for autistic children and adults is caring for the wounded in the War of the Damned that we are obliged to fight.