The question is stark: Is autism ancient, a genetic variation that demands acceptance and celebration? Or is it new and disabling, triggered by something in the environment that is damaging more children every day?
Authors Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted believe autism is new, that the real rate is rising dramatically, and that those affected are injured and disabled, not merely “neurodiverse.” They call the refusal to acknowledge this reality Autism Epidemic Denial. This epidemic denial blocks the urgent need to confront and stop the epidemic and endangers our kids, our country, and our future.
The key to stopping the epidemic, they say, is to stop lying about its history and start asking "who profits?" People who deny that autism is new have self-interested motives, such as ending research that might pinpoint responsibilityand, most threateningly, liability for this man-made epidemic.
Using ground-breaking research, the authors definitively debunk best-selling claims that autism is nothing newand nothing to worry about.
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About the Author
Dan Olmsted was an award-winning journalist, co-editor of AgeOfAutism.com, and co-author, with Mark Blaxill, of two books. He was a former editor at USA Today, USA Weekend, and United Press International and a graduate of Yale University.
Table of Contents
Dramatis Personae vii
Prologue: Waiting xii
Introduction: "What Hump?" xiii
1 Desperately Seeking Gulliver 1
2 Absence of Evidence: Gulliver in Lilliput 21
3 Evidence of Absence: The Empty Quadrant 38
4 Autism Arrives 64
5 Unqualified Observers 93
6 The Epidemic and Its Implications 113
7 The Dynamics of Denial 142
Epilogue: Normalizing Autism 172
Coauthor's Note 200