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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, […]

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, […]

February 10, 2016

SafeMinds Board Member Albert Enayati Testifies at IACC Meeting

Albert Enayati, co-founder and board member of SafeMinds, testified in front of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) at its January 2016 meeting, to support SafeMinds’ recommendation of forming a workgroup on co-occurring conditions with autism. He stressed that there “is an urgent need for a workgroup to follow promising treatment leads, shepherd existing treatments […]

February 10, 2016

SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight’s Testimony at January 2016 IACC Meeting

My name is Lisa Wiederlight. I am the mother of a 15 year old son with autism, and executive director of SafeMinds, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the autism epidemic by promoting environmental research and effective treatments. In November, I asked this Committee to form four workgroups to address the urgency […]

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