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Congressman Bill Posey Coming to the AutismOne & Generation Rescue 2013 Conference Introduces a Vax-Unvax Study Bill

Congressman Bill Posey Coming to the AutismOne & Generation Rescue 2013 Conference Introduces a Vax-Unvax Study Bill

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 April is Autism Awareness Month
 –
Moving from Awareness to Action
HON. Bill Posey
Of FloridaIN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Friday, April 26, 2013
I rise today to draw the attention of the Congress and the Americanpeople to the Autism epidemic thatis tragically ravaging too many of 
 America’s children.
  April is Autism Awareness Month,and I am pleased to join withparents, siblings, grandparents,special education school teachers,medical care providers, andinterventionists to draw attention tothe rapidly expanding autismcommunity.When I was young, autism wasvirtually unheard of. In the 1980srarely did you meet someone whoknew someone with autism. Yet,in the 1990s there was anexplosion of autism. Indeed, in thecourse of just my lifetime, AutismSpectrum Disorder has grown froma very rare condition to
 –
 according to the Centers for Disease Control
 –
a developmentaldisorder affecting 1-in-50 schoolaged children. And, tragically, therate for school aged boys is adisturbing 1-in-33.On December 19, 2006, the effortto address this epidemic took amajor step forward as PresidentBush signed into law the bipartisanCombating Autism Act. I lookforward to working with mycolleagues and the Autismcommunity to reauthorize thisprogram next year. Though theInteragency Autism CoordinatingCommittee each year produces astrategic plan to address Autism,the billion-dollar allocation of resources to autism has not beenevenly invested among genetic,epigenetic, and environmentalfactors. I must concur with theexperts who have been willing tospeak out, that the epidemicincrease in the rates of autism are
not a ‘genetic’ epidemic. Indeed,you don’t have genetic epidemics.
While there is likely a geneticcomponent to many who havebeen diagnosed with Autism, wemust seriously consider that thereare likely several key factors inautism. Also, so some who havesuggested that the increase in Autism is due to better diagnosis,
you don’t go from 1 in 1,000 to 1 in
80 in three decades due to better diagnosis alone. And, if that werethe case, where are the tens of thousands of autistic adults in their 40s, 50s and 60s. While better diagnosis may be a factor,common sense says there is a realincrease and something is causingit.While some may be borne with Autism, there are many parentswho testify to the fact and presentcases where their children wereprogressing normally butsomething triggered a regressionwhere they lost speech, abilities,and regressed from developmentalmilestones that they had earlier met. Was that regression due toexternal factors such as medicalinjury, exposure to environmentaltoxins such as lead or mercury, or was it adverse reactions tomedications that lead to highfevers, brain inflammation or seizures? We must get answers tothese questions.I was pleased to participate in aNovember 2012 House Oversightand Government Reform hearingon the Federal Response to Autism. That was one of the mostattended hearings I haveparticipated in since coming toWashington in 2009. Indeed atthis hearing it was standing roomonly, and overflow rooms had to beused to accommodate the public.This was a much anticipatedhearing from many parents of children suffering from Autism whowant clear and unbiased answersto questions surrounding theepidemic.I, like many in Congress, werefrustrated with the lackluster response from the federalwitnesses, particularly the CDCwitness that was evasive and tookmore than five months to respond
to the Committee’s
questions. Theresponses that finally arrived thismonth were incomplete, oftenevasive, and showed a completelack of urgency on the part of theCDC. I was also disappointed that

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