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The big news this year for autism in April is that the emphasis has changed from Autism Awareness to Autism Acceptance. If your life has been touched by someone with autism, then you are plenty aware of autism. The newest study to come out is that the incidence of autism is at 1 out of 50 children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
There has been enough media coverage of autism that I think acceptance is the important direction to follow. There have been many irresponsible stories about autism. Too many to cite here, one has been the vaccine debacle, which millions of dollars have been diverted from truly helpful research to proving a irresponsible "doctor" wrong. Another issue that seems to keep coming up is the media's fascination with linking mass violence with autism. They tried to make a connection with the Colorado movie theater shooter and also with the Newtown shooting. This is not only irresponsible it is dangerous. It is akin to bullying.
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So I would propose that we not just focus on awareness, or even acceptance but advocacy for ourselves and our children.