Education and Outreach

July 14, 2017

Autism & Wandering: A Heartbreaking Start to July

Wandering deaths in the autism community have significantly increased in recent years, but the last ten days alone have been especially heartbreaking. It began last Monday when, according to media reports, a four-year-old girl with autism slipped away from her home in Florida, climbed a fence, and entered a neighbor’s pool. Her body was found that evening.

March 31, 2017

More Data Points to Acetaminophen Exposure for Children Potentially Inducing Autism

Mounting Data Points at the Potential for Acetaminophen Exposure During Early Childhood to Induce Autism in Children: A Review from Scientists and Clinicians at Duke and Harvard. William Parker, PhD., Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center In 2015, SafeMinds published a short article I wrote about the potential dangers of acetaminophen to children, specifically […]

March 27, 2017

An Interview with James Williams – Autistic Advocate

An Interview with James Williams, Autistic Advocate, SafeMinds Communications Committee Member Last year, SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight, had the privilege of interviewing James Williams, a 27 year-old man with autism. James is a bright, highly-intelligent advocate for and representative of the autism community. The text of the interview follows. Please tell us about yourself, […]

December 17, 2016

A Lunch Conversation Between Autism Parents

Thank you for supporting SafeMinds Annual Appeal 2016 and have a wonderful Holiday Season! A Lunch Conversation Between Autism Parents Annual Appeal Message by Lisa Wiederlight, Executive Director A couple of months ago, a father of a young girl with autism asked me over lunch if I worry about my son’s future, and what I […]

October 26, 2016

Why the IACC Doesn’t Care About Your Opinion: A More Hopeful Solution Exists For Our Community

Since I joined SafeMinds in Spring 2015, I have taken the opportunity to represent the organization at every quarterly meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). I have always intended to educate the members and the people watching via the Internet about the most pressing problems the autism community faces, and to provide them […]

August 10, 2016

American History/Autism Future: Ducking the Autism Epidemic Until 2040?

Guest Blog by Shelley E. Hendrix This morning, with so many Presidential convention tweets and Hamilton raves wafting through the air, I found myself drifting away from the usual and endless autism to-do list to muse about the Founding Fathers. Toggling from my 250 unread autism emails, I googled the Declaration of Independence as I […]

June 17, 2016

Autism Prevalence in the United States:  It’s a Ducking Epidemic

Guest Blog by Shelley E. Hendrix In March 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released official new autism prevalence numbers. No one screamed.  The press barely covered it.  Everyone went to bed, and woke up the next morning for the first day of Autism Awareness Month. Maybe it was because we have […]

May 14, 2016

SafeMinds Executive Director Expresses Concern Over Validity of 2016 Autism Prevalence Data from Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network at April 2016 IACC Meeting

SafeMinds Executive Director Testifies at IACC Meeting. To view full video click here. SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight testified in front of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee on April 19, 2016 to express concerns over the validity of the autism prevalence data provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental […]

March 31, 2016

US Government: Latest Autism Prevalence Survey shows 1 in 68 Affected, Same as 2 Years Ago

Concerns over quality of survey methodology and inadequate government response to autism epidemic continue The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released data on autism prevalence from its most recent survey. The report, “Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 […]

February 10, 2016

SafeMinds Executive Director Asks IACC to Establish Four Workgroups to Inform Its Strategic Plan

SafeMinds Executive Director Testifies at IACC Meeting. To view full video click on arrow above. Ms. Wiederlight’s testimony starts at 03:26:00 SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight testified in front of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) in January to ask its members to immediately establish the four work groups SafeMinds recommended at the November 16, […]

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