President Obama has issued a proclamation declaring April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day.
April is Autism Awareness Month and has Rebecca Odes reported yesterday, a new study has been published that suggests a possible vaccine link. A government advisor on vaccine safety, acknowledges that there is an accepted association between vaccines and brain damage but says that the scientific data finds no link between vaccines and autism. He calls the new study irrelevant.
Regardless of the ongoing battle over just exactly what causes autism, President Obama’s proclamation declares his support to the millions of people impacted by autism:
With autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) affecting nearly one percent of children in the United States, autism is an urgent public health issue with a profound impact on millions of Americans. World Autism Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of individuals with ASDs and rededicate ourselves to the cause of understanding and responding to autism.
You can read the President’s entire proclamation here.