Autism is a very complex brain disorder that affects 1 in 68 children in the United States. (What is Autism?, n.d.) Autism can have many symptoms, however, the larger symptoms include: social challenges, communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors, genetic disorders, seizure disorders, sleep dysfunctions, sensory processing problems, and pica. Since Autism affects so many children and has such a drastic list of symptoms associated with it, many parents, teachers, and medical professionals want to know what causes autism and how can we prevent and/or cure autism, or should we even cure autism. This has been and will probably be a hot topic for a good time or at least until everyone can agree on the answer.
The main bandwagon that was jumped on and is still a big argument is that vaccinations is what causes children to become autistic. This idea came about as the rise in autism was noticed to spike in the 1980’s which happened to align with the push to increase childhood vaccinations. When scientists began to look into what could have possibly been the link to the vaccinations and autism, they came to a general consensus that the children were being exposed to too much mercury. However, after scientist began to look into this theory the science could not lie, all children who were receiving the same vaccinations were not becoming autistic. While science has been able to show that the vaccinations do not show a direct link to causing autism, there are still parents and groups that are publicly pushing against vaccines for children. (Silencing Debate Over Autism, 2007)
A study completed in Denmark was completed to help solidify that vaccines were the major cause of autism in children. However, this study backfired. In fact, it showed just the opposite. In Denmark they removed or decreased the mercury agent believed to cause the autism from the vaccines in 1992 and hoped to see a decline in the number of autism cases being reported. However, this was not the case, instead the number of autism diagnoses reported increased in large quantities. While there are some questions with how they obtained their data and tracked their statistics, their methods and proof was sufficient enough to be supported by the World Health Organization. (Stokstad, 2003)
Allison Singer was one of the moms who was actively pushing against vaccinating children and believed they were a large cause for autism. She also worked as a big spokesperson for Autism Speaks. Then one day she received an email from a friend who has a child with autism. Her friend explained with a heavy heart how she knew there was no way that the vaccines could have caused her son to have autism. This email, coming from a mom who lives with this challenge, set heavy with Allison Singer. That night she resigned from her job with Autism Speaks as she knew she could no longer work there requesting money to further put into researching proving the connection between vaccines and autism if she no...