Okay, Olmsted. Good to know. Wrong. Or did you miss Heckenlively's piece a bit earlier on Autism: A Simple Plan, which is anti-vaccination? Damn.
How many autistic individuals are surprised to hear they are anti-autism? Oh, I know, they ascribe to the notion that tha autism is vaccine-induced damage that stole their children away from them. They're both anti-autism and anti-vaccine.
I'd have no problems if they were simply parents who wanted to reduce their children's suffering (which I believe they add to with the quack treatments), if they wanted to increase the appreciation society has for people with disabilities, increase services, decrease bullying, decrease stigma, etc. Everything they do is counter to that and increases the suffering of autistic individuals.
Dogma. Ideology. And some serious conspiracy theory driving their show.
On a side note, Specter screwed the pooch when he made the mistake with Offit passage, and now his work is tainted. Not that it would have made a bit of difference with that crowd. After all, he made the cardinal sin of quoting Offit.
Another side note, the thought of Blaxill and Olmsted writing a book on the natural history of autism gave me a really good laugh. I've read enough of them to suspect it will begin with the introduction of thimerosal in the decade before Kanner observed autism. It ought to be every bit as fact-filled as Olmsted's Amish fairy tale. Almost as good as Kirby's.