I'm a parent of an autistic adult. My son, Nathaniel, was diagnosed around 3 years of age (he's now in his 30's), but as I look over some family movies (see March 30, 2011 post) I can see that he displayed many of the 10 signs of autism well before then.

His mother and I had only one thing in mind. What do we do?? In the early 80's there was little we could find about autism (no internet - what a lifesaver now!). We had his immediate needs to worry about. Was there a cure? Did he require medication? Childhood education had not yet come to mind. But with time, we needed to find out what resources were available around us.

Planning usually comes late for parents with autistic kids. We (well his mother and I) worried about his immediate needs and not the future. When Nathaniel reached 18, life as an adult posed many questions.

I hope that this can be a place where parents with autistic adults and children can communicate with those of us who have dealt with autistic adults. Yes, there are books and magazine articles about what to expect, and legal advice, but I have yet to find a place where experienced parents can share these experiences, give advice, and help parents of young children cope with the future of their child.

Apr 11, 2011

Mercury and vaccines

Generally I try to stay focused on autism in adults, but there is so much interest in mercury (Thimerosal) in vaccines that I wanted to share this article with you (A ban on mercury in vaccines). I am not convinced that autism is attributed to vaccines, at least not on its own, but it is still a good idea to remove mercury, a known toxin, from all vaccines world-wide, not just in the US. Leave it to the pharmaceutical industry to remove Thimerosal in vaccines in the US (FDA order) and not in vaccines for the rest of the world.


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