Instead, Dr. Geri Dawson (who is paid in the mid six figure range despite the fact that she has not cured any more autism than I have) posted on the AS blog on why they refused to show up. Because they don't want to talk about vaccines. She declares that:
It's Time to Change the Conversation
Which I find HILARIOUS as Autism Speaks has NEVER been a part of the vaccine/autism causation conversation!
It is as if I, a straight waspy Maine autism mom, blogged to the transsexual community in San Francisco that they need to change the conversation on whether or not one is born psychologically male or female and what should be done when sexual identity crises arise. I say "they" because this is their conversation, not mine, as I have never entered into this dialog and even had to look up the spelling of the word "transsexual." (Two 'ss', who knew?)
As someone who has been neck deep in the vaccine causation discussion for more than five years, I can tell you I would have LOVED to have this discussion with them. Or even show up somewhere to hear them have it with anyone on our side of the issue. But other than a few press releases vaguely denying vaccine induced autism and two or three questions that rogue mothers managed to sneak in at random events... natch on the vaccine/autism causation discussion from AS. (Although I do hear that it is hotly debated in the hallways at AS now... so was this blog by Dawson meant for us or was it just a passive aggressive externalized internal memo? Trying to keep the troops from turning the AS lobby into Tahrir Square?)
So... all you boys who want to be girls? I have decided that you can't talk about that any more. Turn in your giant wigs and size 11 heels. And I will go ahead and only blog about ABA (even though we didn't do ABA) and we should just go ahead and take down Age of Autism. Retract their book, and Vaccine Epidemic, and Callous Disregard, and Evidence of Harm. Close up shop at NAA and TACA and SafeMinds and ARI. Oh... and someone call Chicago and tell them Autism One, (which Ed Arranga and Generation Rescue managed to make FREE this year to parents trying to ACTUALLY heal their kids) is cancelled.
Why? Because Dr. Geri says so. We are not allowed to talk about vaccines any more. (My suspicion is that AS's real clients, big corporate donors whose names shall not be spoken and who have a vested interest in keeping a lid on the environmental causes of autism to keep their business a rollin', have put the screws to AS to try to get the peasants to quiet down... but since Dawson has no street cred, well... NOT WORKING.)
But now that I think about it, we better do what she says, because if we don't, she will take away all those imperative family services that they give to our kids... oh wait... we don't get help for our families from them. But they will stop doing all that research that has helped our kids get better... oh... forgot... their research has not led to anything to help our kids health. I know... if we don't do what Geri says, then she will stop letting us walk around town with our friends to raise money for her Park Avenue office space and gala fundraising events! She won't let us let her use our kids stories of hardship to raise money for her to pay for her other fundraising events! Oh the dilemma!
On second thought... we will go ahead and continue having the conversation; from now on we will do it without AS, which means absolutely nothing has changed. Except that AS is saying out loud what they have actually been doing for years. Ignoring the 800lb gorilla in the room.