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Awareness of autism is no longer enough. We need to take action everyday in April. Click here to get a full size version of the  calender of to dos to take action for autism.

Follow all of ASF’s Autism Action Month Activities on Pinterest here where we’ll be pinning the to dos daily.

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What a great joy it is to be releasing the first ASF annual report. Who would have thought that an organization just 20 months old would have so much BIG news to share. In the 2010 Annual Report “Doing BIG Things” read about: 

It is because of you – our funders, supporters, and friends – that we can do the work we do.  A BIG thank you to each and every one of you!

BIG ideas, BIG dream for individuals with autism and their families. What a BIG difference our first year made! ASF is funding science, supporting educational programs and spreading hope.

Keep our work going strong – make a donation today!

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Timing really is everything. Last night, after a full day of talking to the media about the British Medical Journal story which deemed Wakefield’s original 1998 study an “elaborate fraud”, the Autism Science Foundation hosted a celebration launch of Dr. Paul Offit’s new book “Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All” with a reception and book signing at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

There were lots of members of the press there, many of whom we’d spoken with earlier in the day, as well as plenty of friends and family.  There couldn’t have been a more appropriate time to talk about how the anti-vaccine movement has wreaked havoc with our public health system and how the erroneous conclusion that vaccines cause autism has put so many children’s lives at risk. Later this month we’ll host events in New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

If you haven’t read this book yet, we urge you to get a copy. All royalties are being donated to the Autism Science Foundation so that we can fund studies to uncover what really DOES cause autism. Our thanks to everyone who attended last night’s event and, as always, enormous thanks to Dr. Offit and his family for his unwavering dedication to children’s health.

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The award winning “Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine and the Search for a Cure” by Dr. Paul Offit, was released today in paperback. 
 
Opponents of vaccines have taken the autism story hostage,” Dr. Offit says. “They don’t speak for all parents of autistic kids, they use fringe scientists and celebrities, they’ve set up cottage industries of false hope, and they’re hurting kids. Parents pay out of their pockets for dangerous treatments, they take out second mortgages to buy hyperbaric oxygen chambers. It’s just unconscionable.”
 
The paperback edition includes a great new preface by Dr. Offit in which he describes parent reaction to the book. “After publication-an event that I thought would only galvanize those who disliked me-I received hundreds and hundreds of letters and emails from parents of children with autism thanking me. Some had been on the fence and were now convinced by the science presented in the book. But many never believed that vaccines had caused their children’s autism and were angry at those who did. “Jenny McCarthy presumes to represent me,” one mom wrote, “but she doesn’t.” They were the Silent Majority of autism parents-a group that the media had consistently ignored.” 
 
If you haven’t read this book yet you need to! And if you have, order a lightweight paperback copy or give one as a gift, because Dr Offit, who serves on ASF’s board of directors, has generously agreed to donate all royalties from this book to the Autism Science Foundation.  Order yours today! 

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