Accent on Autism

Young Adults on the Spectrum

The runner stumbled

zev_justinZev Glassenberg gave the “Amazing Race” all he had. But on Sunday, the 26-year-old man — who became the first “Race” contestant with Asperger Syndrome — was eliminated from the competition. Ironically, he and his friend Justin Kanew actually were the first team to arrive at the pit stop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. But somewhere during this leg of the journey from Vietnam, they lost their travel documents, which meant they could not continue the race. Thanks to Zev for having the courage and enthusiasm to follow his dreams. And thanks to CBS for using well this opportunity to shed some positive light on Asperger’s and autism. I started watching this season with much trepidation about how the subject would be treated. But I was pleased at the respect shown to the topic and to the man. Much success, Zev, in all your future endeavors.

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H1N1 shortages amid fears

The CDC now says shortages of  the  H1N1 vaccine could mean several weeks of delay before the medicine reaches some college campuses  Nearly one-quarter of the deaths so far are among young adults under age 25 and children. The seasonal flu, by contrast, tends to hit hardest among people over age 65, those with chronic diseases and babies. Despite the ferocity of the swine flu, many students on the autism spectrum — and their parents and some autism advocacy groups — remain wary of the vaccine. For decades, there’s been an open debate about whether vaccines, specifically the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine, causes or contributes to autism. Most scientific studies indicate there’s no link between vaccines and autism. But doubts remain. At the heart of issue are concerns about thimerosal. In the United States, an estimated 60% of the 225 million doses of the injectable swine flu vaccine will contain that  mercury-based preservative. You can ask  for a preservative-free shot. And the FluMist nasal spray for young children has no thimerosal.  “We essentially call the CDC out for labeling us as ‘anti-vaccine’ every time we ask a question about vaccine safety,” says Ann Brasher, vice president of  the National Autism Association.

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