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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. January 23, 2009

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Registration now available for 2009 Regional Conference in New Jersey

The USAAA / CoMeD 2009 Regional Autism and Asperger Conference held April 30 - May 3, 2009, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (20 minutes from the Philadelphia International airport) is now open for online registration.

Reverend Lisa Sykes will deliver the Keynote address about igniting a global debate on autism and exposing new information never before presented world-wide. Her global resolution paves the way to protect the public, especially children, from mercury-containing drugs.

With twelve of the world leading autism spectrum disorder speakers, 10 non-concurrent sessions and panel discussions, every day at the USAAA / CoMeD 2009 Regional Conference is packed with information including treating physicians, educational therapies, nutritional interventions, legal issues, plus more. After two days and a Thursday evening session, you will leave the conference armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, grandchild, patient, student, or yourself.

Register Now!
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April 30 - May 3
New Jersey
(only 20 minutes from Philadelphia International airport)

Due to the challenging economy and thanks to our supporters, we are offering an early bird rate of $165 for the first person and $125 for a guest before March 31st. Together that is only $7.25 per hour for each of you and all the sessions are non-concurrent so you won't miss anything.

Sign up now as space is limited.

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The American Medical Autism Board’s (AMAB) First International Conference

The American Medical Autism Board and Phillip C. DeMio, MD, provide their first International Conference on biomedical and other techniques for parents and healthcare providers, presented February 20-22, 2009, in Novi, MI/Metro Detroit, by world leaders in these treatments.

AMAB’s first Practitioner's Overview Course, for MD’s, DO’s, and other healthcare practitioners is scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2009.

Special session, Sunday, February 22, 2009: AMAB’s first Practitioner Overview Course, for MD’s, DO’s, and other healthcare practitioners. The American Medical Autism Board will present a thorough overview of the principles and practice of Biomedical Treatment of ASD’s and other developmental disorders. This course will be taught by Phillip DeMio, MD, James Neubrander, MD, and Jerry Kartzinel, MD, all of whom are major practitioners in the field of Biomedical Autism Treatment. Attending part or all of the conference will accumulate credits for eligible MD’s & DO’s toward AMAB board certification.

Who Should Attend: Parents/Grandparents, Persons living with ASD’s, Family & Caregivers, MD’s & DO’s, Chiropractors, RN’s, LPN’s, & NP’s, & Clinical Nurse Specialists, Psychologists, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Educators and Administrators, Speech/Language Pathologists and Therapists.

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Federal Members Of Advisory Committee Block Vaccine-Autism Research, Defy Wishes Of Its Own Scientists, Autism Community, and Congress
SafeMinds Withdraws Support for Autism Research Strategic Plan, Asks Daschle to Investigate.

brainJANUARY 16, 2009 - In a highly unusual departure from procedure, government representatives to the Federal Interagency Autism Advisory Committee (IACC) voted this week against conducting studies on vaccine-autism research despite approval of the same studies at their prior meeting. The research was supported by numerous autism organizations and requested by IACC's scientific work groups and Congress. The maneuver to re-vote on the vaccine-autism studies was initiated by the IACC's representative from the CDC and pushed through by the IACC Chair, Dr. Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health of NIH.

"The lone dissenting public member resigned from her organization, Autism Speaks, the night before the meeting. Autism Speaks has issued a statement objecting to her vote. "

Unlike most Federal advisory committees, the IACC is dominated by government representatives occupying 12 of the 18 seats. Of the 6 public members, 5 voted to retain the vaccine research at the meeting. The lone dissenting public member resigned from her organization, Autism Speaks, the night before the meeting. Autism Speaks has issued a statement objecting to her vote.

The CDC, part of HHS along with NIH, has been criticized by parents citing failure to uphold vaccine safety. In a surprising moment of candor, Dr. Insel cited HHS conflicts of interests on vaccine-autism research due to the over 5,000 autism lawsuits pending against HHS. His comment supports the autism community's contention that those in charge of promoting vaccine use while assuring safety are fundamentally conflicted and should not investigate themselves.

Comments: "Due to the IACC's actions, SafeMinds has withdrawn its support of the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Research ."

IACC Member and SafeMinds Vice-President Lyn Redwood stated, "Revisiting objectives already approved did not appear on the meeting's agenda." She added, "Advocacy groups and legislators have been marginalized in this process."

Senators Enzi, Dodd, Kennedy and Santorum, as well as Representatives Barton and Smith made statements which are part of the Combating Autism Act of 2006 legislative history that research on vaccines and their components and autism should be implemented by the IACC.

Due to the IACC's actions, SafeMinds has withdrawn its support of the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Research and requests that incoming HHS Secretary Daschle investigate the IACC's action and reconstitute the committee, including removal of NIMH as its lead agency.

SafeMinds is a private nonprofit organization that investigates and raises awareness of the risks to children of exposure to mercury from the environment and medical products, including thimerosal in vaccines.


 

Autism Screening Tops Obama's Medical To-Do List

January 21, 2009 01:06 PM ET | Nancy Shute

Autism tops Barack Obama's medical to-do list, according to the new president's web site. Whitehouse.gov launched at 12:01 pm yesterday, even before the new president had taken his oath of office on the Capitol's West Front. Autism is the only disorder or disease mentioned explicitly in Obama's 24-point agenda. Heart disease and cancer don't get the call. Neither does diabetes, or other chronic diseases. But there are four hefty bullet points addressing autism. Obama called for:

"Life-long services" for people with autism spectrum disorders, as children and as adults."

1. Increased funding for research, treatment, screenings, public awareness and support services for autism spectrum disorders.

2. "Life-long services" for people with autism spectrum disorders, as children and as adults. Many parents struggle to find and pay for screening and treatments for their children, but there is even less coverage and capacity for adults with autism-based impairments

3. More funding for the 2006 Combating Autism Act, as well as improving state and federal autism programs.

4. Universal screening for all infants for autism disorders, as well as re-screening for all 2-year-olds. This is the biggie; children are currently screened only if parents or pediatricians voice a concern, so too many children aren't diagnosed until they enter elementary school. The earlier treatment starts, the more effective it is, and a national screening program would help reduce the number of kids falling through the cracks. It would also be a huge undertaking, at a time when both government and privately insured health care is foundering.

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IACC Insanity

by Katie Wright

aspieIs IACC a serious autism research committee or a daytime drama? I’m confused. This would be funny if so much were not at stake. The machinations, backstabbing, covert agendas, and secret confabs are reminiscent of 2000 Florida re-count. Sometimes rules and laws apply, other times they do not, secret phone calls, secret meetings, anonymous votes, mysterious re-votes on already settled business, broken promises, probably broken laws…

"Enzi, Kennedy and Dodd, clearly and unequivocally said on the Senate floor that the CAA must finance independent vaccine research. Not, “independent vaccine research- pending the approval Tom Insel and Alison Singer.” "

Parents all over this country who worked so hard to see the CAA passed were listening to Wednesday’s goings on thinking, “What the hell, Tom!” When my parents should have been down in Florida with their pals, playing golf and generally being retired, they were pounding the halls the Congress and the Senate working hard to procure this money for autism research.

"These people could not be more out of touch with reality. "

I went with them only a few times, but I never saw Tom Insel or Ed Trevathan there. Now, Tom and his cronies seem to think it is their prerogative to re-write the Combating Autism Act. Enzi, Kennedy and Dodd, clearly and unequivocally said on the Senate floor that the CAA must finance independent vaccine research. Not, “independent vaccine research- pending the approval Tom Insel and Alison Singer.”

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What if USAAA earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our USAAA? Well, now it can!

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In Short:
Registration now online for USAAA / CoMeD 2009 Regional Conference in New Jersey - April 30-May 2. Click here to register.
 
American Medical Autism Board registration online: February 20-22, 2009, in Novi, MI/Metro Detroit. Click here to register.

 

Federal Members Of Advisory Committee Block Vaccine-Autism Research, Defy Wishes Of Its Own Scientists, Autism Community, and Congress
 

Autism Screening Tops Obama's Medical To-Do List

 
— IACC Insanity by Katie Wright
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