Yesterday, we had you listen to conservative radio talk show host's Michael Savage's insensitive remarks about autism on his July 16 broadcast. Among other things, he called autism a "fraud, a racket" caused by "wimpy dads." Check it out...
In response to Savage's statements, Holly and Rodney Peete--co-founders of the HollyRod foundation and parents of 10-year-old RJ, who has autism--had this to say: "As a mother and father who have dealt with autism for over a decade, we find it shocking that the individuals who name call and pass judgment on families like ours have had zero experience with the disorder or its effects on a child and his/her family.
Attacking fathers and insinuating that kids with autism are 'brats' is irresponsible, insulting and painful to our children and furthers the backlash they face every day. In the African-American community, many children go undiagnosed until the 'window' of opportunity for treatment has been slammed shut. They are diagnosed on average 2-4 years later than other more affluent subsets of society. The American Academy of Pediatrics' recent and long overdue decision to encourage pediatricians to have every child tested for autism by the age two may help these children get a diagnosis and treatment which needs to come early, hard and fast. For Savage to portray this important mandate negatively is malicious and misguided.
We have seen our son beat the odds because he had an early diagnosis and access to treatment. We continue to work every day to help other families provide the same opportunity to their children."
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