Normally I am not one to go on rants when it comes to autism but this is one I feel needs to be addressed.
For those who don’t know, April is Autism Awareness month. A month dedicated to bringing to light what autism is. Or at least what its supposed to be anyway.
Its the reminder for those with it and families dealing with it to let others know its there.
Along the way though, the idea of bringing to light what autism is, a ‘wonderful’ organization by the name pf Autism Speaks misconstrued the idea of what autism actually is.
Although they had the right idea of making autism a household disability, what they made it sound like was far worse.
And this is where my rant begins.
Years ago, a former medical researcher by the name of Andrew Wakefield, caused quite a bit of controversy that still exists today.
He published an article that claimed vaccines were the reason why autism exists.
After this article was published, many, many people were on board with claiming that autism was a disease and it needed to be cured. Which led to a lot of people being on board with not vaccinating their children in fear of their child contracting autism.
You may be asking how does this relate to Autism Speaks.
Well, this organization started preaching these methods of vaccines being bad and trying to raise money to fund finding a cure for autism.
Let me give you a piece of my mind on this topic.
First and foremost: AUTISM IS NOT A DISEASE!!!!
It CANNOT be contracted and VACCINES DO NOT IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM CAUSE IT!!!!
Vaccines and autism are a CORRELATION not CAUSATION!!
This means that autism symptoms appear around the time a child is to get vaccinated, which a lot of people assume to be related to vaccines.
News Flash: autism is and always will be a genetical DISORDER. Scientific studies have time and time again proven this.
Yes, I am well aware that the number of people being diagnosed with autism has risen dramatically over the years. The reason? More and more people are actually informed of the signs of what autism is. More and more people are doing their research.
And I guarentee a huge portion of those who actually understand what autism is will tell you that there is no relation to vaccines whatsoever.
Its this reason, and this reason alone, that I’m tired of seeing people saying that kind of thing about autism.
Yes I do understand there are some risks to vaccines. There are risks to a lot of things when it comes to the medical field. But I personally feel that the media has overblown the risks of vaccines, on more than just an autism level, causing all these issues to arise yet again.
I apologize to those who I may have offended. I’m only just voicing my opinion and I’m not hear to try and start an arguement.
I just feel I need to be heard.