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Vaccines and My Autism

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October 5, 2020 James Williams is an autistic self-advocate who travels and speaks all over the country. He was invited to the Vaccine Injury Awareness Walk in Grand Rapids, MI, this week, and this is the vaccine injury story he submitted. … Continue reading

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Autism and Aggression: Why Loving Parents Sometimes Need to Call 911

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You’ve probably seen the story floating around in your newsfeed about the 13-year-old boy with autism who, in the midst of a mental health crisis, was shot as he ran away by the police who had been called in to … Continue reading

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When People Say Trust Your Doctor, I Say Trust Your Experience

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February 26, 2020 I was about 20 when a physician told me my pain was all in my head and that I just needed to reduce stress. I quit my college job and dropped a class . . . then had … Continue reading

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Gaming the System? Blocks to Employment for Adults with Autism

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May 22, 2019 (As the AutismOne Conference gets going in Chicago today. It sometimes seems that efforts to increase autism awareness are no longer necessary. As the numbers continue to climb—it’s now estimated that 1 in every 36 American children … Continue reading

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Book Review: Brain Under Attack

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November 29, 2018 I recently gave a keynote presentation on how stress affects the brain and human behavior and part of that presentation was my own personal story of dealing with my teenage son’s lyme-induced PANS. I asked the audience … Continue reading

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The Anxious Child: What You Can Do to Help

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November 14, 2018 Having a child with anxiety causes a lot of anxiety for the parent. It is such a nebulous thing that seems to strike for no reason and respond to very little. There are many strategies for managing … Continue reading

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To the Doctor that Injured My Child

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September 17, 2018 To the Doctor that Injured My Child: I’m sure you don’t remember me, but I will never be able to forget you. I vividly remember your kind eyes and gentle touch, your sense of humor and calm … Continue reading

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My Child Has Been Diagnosed with Autism, Now What?

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August 16, 2018 When a child receives a diagnosis of autism, parents are often left feeling bewildered and overwhelmed by the road ahead. When my son David was diagnosed with autism twelve years ago, I was handed a piece of paper … Continue reading

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Allergy Skin Prick Testing: Worth the Risk?

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July 12, 2018 It was a moment that changed my life forever and my trust in the medical profession, a moment of such clarity and insight that I still feel it was divine led.  It changed who I am, it … Continue reading

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For the Discerning Journalist: 8 Wakefield Myths Deconstructed

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May 24, 2018 Every time there’s an outbreak of measles or mumps, the media brings up Dr. Andrew Wakefield and a certain 1998 scientific paper. The problem is that the majority of mainstream coverage gets virtually everything about this wrong. This … Continue reading

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