The Strategic Plan—the document which outlines how the HHS agencies are supposed to conduct autism research in the next few years—has been seriously delayed by repeated attempts to insert vaccine language.
The Plan is basically ready to be finalized. Months later than it should be because, well, people (read: Lyn Redwood) keep monopolizing the time for the meetings to discuss vaccines.
Would you like to see autism research move forward? Would you like to see the Combating Autism Act money actually appropriated and spent? Or, would you like to see future meetings continually monopolized by this one question?
If you are like me, you would like to see good research start. I’ve listed some of the initiatives that are stalled below. Good stuff. If you would like those projects to start sooner rather than later, send an email to Dr. Tom Insel, director of the NIMH and chair of the IACC. Let him know that it’s time for the IACC
I'm almost finished with Autism's False Prophets by Paul Offit. The book details how research and discussion about autism have been hijacked by individuals seeking to make a name for themselves by blaming vaccines for autism. Now we have some of those same characters trying to hijack the government's good faith efforts to research effective treatments and interventions for autistic individuals through out their lives. The government is willing to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in autism research and these jokers are throwing a monkey wrench into the whole thing because no one wants to waste more time and money investigating a vaccine connection that numerous studies to date have not found? That is some hot ghetto mess right there.