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July 26, 2016

Blog Repost: Clinton on Autism as DNC Continues

As the Democratic National Convention continues, SafeMinds would like to re-post this blog from earlier this year as a reminder to Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton on the needs of the autism community, in the hopes of a more dramatic change in the national dialogue on preventing and addressing moderate to severe autism, and its […]

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 […]

April 20, 2016

People Who Give Care, Need Care Too!

Caregivers who take care of their loved ones with autism need to be taken care of too. As part of its Safe Minds/Safe Bodies campaign, SafeMinds outlined the need for a Federal response to autism caregiver needs in public comments before the Federal Government’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) on November 16, 2015. To read […]

April 17, 2016

Power of One March—Of Progress and Partnership By Lisa Wiederlight, executive director, SafeMinds Photos Courtesy of Jenn Bubb-Brown

Twelve years ago, just one year after my son was diagnosed, I attended the Power of One March in Washington, DC. Former NFL quarterback Dan Marino and a slew of congressional leaders took the stage behind the fearless Shelley Hendrix of Unlocking Autism, and her son, Liam. I was still shell shocked by my son’s […]

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 […]

March 07, 2016

Towards a New Autism Policy “Environment”

By Craig Snyder* On October 4, 2000, the United States Congress passed the Children’s Health Act (“CHA”). Soon signed into law by President Clinton, this was the most significant piece of health legislation in the entirety of the Clinton administration. Like a cargo train pulling a large number of cars, each filled with different contents, […]

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