We can either continue to collectively stand on the sidelines and debate what is causing autism and if it is an epidemic or we can get on the field and start addressing the real problem - a generation of children with autism. We are not focusing enough on prevention, treatments and support services - Jenny McCarthy


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Last month, my 5-year-old daughter told me that her after-school program was raising money for Autism Speaks. She was excited because (as explained via emails and fliers from the school), the fund-raiser would take place at a local ice cream store and all her friends would be there. The money would go to support a particularly beloved teacher running the New York marathon on behalf of the charity. My daughter, very excited, asked if we could go.

I was faced with a dilemma. I am not a fan of Autism Speaks, but I didn’t know how hard to push my values. An ice-cream-cone-size donation is honestly not that big a deal. Was it worth making Ellie feel like an outsider, excluded…

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