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GOP Autism Dad: Biomedical Treatments Are Helping My Son
(I am still supposed to be on a blogging break, so please forgive my not keeping up with the comments, but this stuff should be posted, even though I don't have time to comment. Will return to regular blogging soon.)
I'm cross-posting my answer to the question "What is Obama's record on autism and vaccination?" from Age of Autism.
You all wanted to see Obama's comments on the autism/vaccination link?
Not only have I got the text... I have the video too.
From The Washington Post: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/04/dr_obama_and_dr_mccain.html
"We've seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it's connected to the vaccines. This person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it." --Barack Obama, Pennsylvania Rally, April 21, 2008.
There's more, as well...
From Obama's Health Care Plan: http://www.barackobama.com/issues/healthcare/
"Support Americans with Autism. More than one million Americans have autism, a complex neurobiological condition that has a range of impacts on thinking, feeling, language, and the ability to relate to others. As diagnostic criteria broaden and awareness increases, more cases of autism have been recognized across the country. Barack Obama believes that we can do more to help autistic Americans and their families understand and live with autism. He has been a strong supporter of more than $1 billion in federal funding for autism research on the root causes and treatments, and he believes that we should increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to truly ensure that no child is left behind."
Official Policy On What He Will Do To Help Americans On The Spectrum If Elected: http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/AutismSpectrumDisorders.pdf
"As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama sponsored
legislation that became law to create an ASD diagnosis education program, an initiative designed to promote the
implementation of evidence-based practices. The goal of the project is to offer educational opportunities at all
levels of care, including physicians, early intervention (EI) specialists, psychologists, teachers, day care
providers, parents, respite workers, and speech and language therapists. Obama has personally worked side-byside
with Illinois families affected by ASD to support efforts to build the Therapeutic School and Center for
Autism Research. This school and research center will bring together education, academic research, early
intervention programs, and training to prepare its students for independent living.
In the U.S. Senate, Obama is a cosponsor of a measure that would expand federal funding for life-long services
for people with ASD, authorizing approximately $350 million in new federal funding for key programs related
to treatments, interventions and services for both children and adults with ASD."
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