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May 24, 2018

The Constant Worry of Wandering & Elopement

A news report from ABC Affiliate WMAR in Baltimore focuses on the dangers of wandering and elopement by children with autism. “There was no sign (of him) and it was as if the world just stopped”, recounts autism mom Tonia Ferguson on the day she woke up and her son was missing. It’s a fearful […]

May 24, 2018

Why We Can and Should Focus on Autism Prevention

In light of the recent increase in autism from 1 in 68 to 1 in 59 children in just two years, a new video by scientist Bruce Lanphear it worth watching and sharing. The video makes the case for preventing chronic diseases like autism rather than chasing down genes or finding cures. In “Cause or […]

May 24, 2018

Autism Prevalence – Examining the Myths and Truths – Video Transcript

Transcript of Video Heidi Roger: Hi. I’m Heidi Roger. I am a board of director for SafeMinds, and I am the mom of a 23-year-old man with autism. Today, we’re speaking with Dr. Walter Zahorodny, the associate professor of pediatrics at the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University, and director of the New Jersey […]

April 26, 2018

U.S. Autism Prevalence Rate Soars to 1 in 59 Children

National Autism Organizations Demand Emergency Meeting with Secretary of Health and Human Services and Federal Autism Coordinator to Address Crisis Related Links Letter to HHS Officials CDC Report: Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years – Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014 Baltimore, MD, April 26, 2018 – SafeMinds, […]

April 26, 2018

Letter to HHS Officials

The Honorable Alex Azar Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201 Dr. Ann Wagner, Ph.D. Federal Autism Coordinator Chief, Biomarker and Intervention Development for Childhood-Onset Mental Disorders Branch Division of Translational Research National Institute of Mental Health 6001 Executive Blvd., Room 7162, MSC 9617 Bethesda, MD 20892 […]

April 23, 2018

Cannabis May Have Therapeutic Benefit for Autism, Should Have Fewer Federal Restrictions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Heath Organization (WHO) are now reviewing whether to remove cannabis from the Schedule I Controlled Substance List. Since cannabis may have potential as a therapeutic for people with autism, SafeMinds has submitted comments to the FDA in support of reassigning cannabis to a less restricted […]

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