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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Jenny McCarthy Talks Autism

Cross posted at Say Anything: Reader Blogs.



The other day while I was at the dentist's office I had the misfortune to catch Jenny McCarthy and Holly Robinson Pete's interview with Larry King. They also had a so called autism doctor, one Jerry Kartzinel, join them.

After seeing most of the interview I understand now why everyone is so irate over Jenny McCarthy's recent surfacing as an autism mom. I'm still contemplating a longer post about Jenny McCarthy's opinions on autism but there are two things that really stuck for me in the Larry King interview.

By far the best question that Larry King asked Pete and McCarthy was if they knew any autistic adults. Both said that they didn't know any. Here are two women purporting to know so much about autism, more than your average pediatrician who they repeatedly claimed didn't know how to help autistic children, who have never met any autistic adults. They are claiming to know how to "heal" autism and "recover" children from autism. They are even claiming to know what causes autism, but they don't know ANY autistic adults. Pete, despite confessing that she didn't know any autistic adults, claimed that there as nothing for autistic adults in the way of housing and jobs. How on earth would she know if she doesn't know any autistic adults?

Larry King mentioned a survey of CNN viewers asking if they knew anyone with autism. Apparently 74% of the respondents said that they knew someone with autism. He then made a comment about how tragically common autism has become. How tragically common it is to find scare mongering so often in what the media reports about autism. Autism is only "tragically common" if you chose to believe what DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) "doctors" and others of their ilk tell you about autism.

When will media types start talking to autistic people about autism or at least some reliable medical experts or people familiar with autism who don't think it is a soul sucking tragedy? We do exist you know.

Autism Vox on Jenny McCarthy
Left Brian/Right Brain on Jenny McCarthy
Natural Variation-Autism Blog on Jenny McCarthy
MommyHood on Jenny McCarthy
Autism Diva on Jenny McCarthy
Me on life with autism in general

Pubmed.gov has a boatload of research articles about autism so that you won't have to take you chances with Google.

3 comments:

  1. As the Mom of an Autistic 10 year old boy, I had to say something...
    I don't proclaim to be an "expert" in the field, but I can tell you this; as a parent, you learn one hell of a lot more than you would like at times! I don't believe that what celebrities and/or the media is doing is "scare mongering" at all. The number of Autism cases is STAGGERING. (and you don't need D.A.N. or any other "experts" to explain that to you). 1 in 5 are afflicted with Autism. I would say that THAT DESERVES ATTENTION!! Do I accept my son for who he is? Of course I do! Would I be interested if someone said "hey, we have a cure for Autism"? You better believe it!! I think its about TIME SOMEONE, even if its a celeb, brought more attention to this epidemic, and perhaps governments would also take more notice, and start providing some REAL FUNDING to help get these kids and adults what they need. My son is brilliant..unfortunately, his behavioural issues are stunting his academic abilities tremendously! That breaks my heart!

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  2. As the mother of two autistic children...should it really matter if you or I have autistic children? Truth is still truth and facts are still facts and the fact is that Jenny McCarthy is spreading a bunch of false information about autism. Having an autistic child doesn't give her, you, or me the freedom to spread false and demeaning information in the name of raising awareness.

    So yeah, I'd rather have better more responsible and educated spokes people for autism than the celebrities who keep pushing false information and unfounded accusations.

    The rate of diagnosis is currently estimated to be 1 in 150. Make what you will of that but I don't think you can really claim that there is an epidemic.

    I'm curious to know what you think a cure for autism would look like by the way. What would a cure do to an autistic person?

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  3. I'm glad I found this blog.I was beginning to think I was the only one who saw the b.s. being touted by Jenny. Everyone is up in arms and excited that someone in "hollywood" is just like anyone else. I am just exhausted from hearing the "epidemic" and the numbers game.Trust and believe that there are way more autistics in this world than many care to admit.

    There is NOT a way to have accurate numbers due to the fact that many other conditions "mirror" autistic characteristics and really to be honest ,for one to evaluate a child using any diagnostic scale is all subjective.One profersional can interpret a characteristic as normal and another can absolutely say "autism".

    With my autistic son,I had a school psychologist,speech path,dev.therapist all say he had "autistic LIKE" characteristsics.As he stood there flapping and toe walking,babbling,stimming and looking up at the ceiling.Oh,yeah..and no intelligible speech at 3yrs old.Autistic children grow up to be autistic adults.And yes it does matter WHO is being called a "spokesperson" for org's like TACA who are supported by parents with autistic children.It's not ok to just say "as long as they mention autism ,that's informing the world that it exists.." No,with that should come a great responsibility to 1.be educated ,2.know what the hell you're talking about.

    Jenny's interview here http://preview.pr.com/article/1076

    Really says a lot about her "knowledge" about autism and it's history.To say that she's never met an autistic adult is inaccurate.She has met them..she just had no idea they were autistic.But I guess she'd write that off as them being "recovered".Yeah,I'd like to know what parents think they will have to do or sacrafice in their search for the "cure".I guess if they're willing to put their kids in hyperbaric chambers and chelation then the sky is the limit.

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