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They shoot horses, don’t they?

The anecdote The Family Doctor , published by Julie Obradovic on Age of Autism a couple of months back, is a well told story of how she finally succeeds in converting her brother, a pediatrician, to her understanding that vaccines are bad and likely a cause for autism. If you are new to the question of autism and its causes, and come across this story early on in your search for answers, chances are it might be pretty influential.

But something has been bugging me about the story since I first read it. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, so I haven’t written about it until now. It was a discussion I had with Autistic Bitch From Hell in the comments to my recent post A View From the Middle that made me realize what was so troubling to me about the story.

Here are Obradovic’s brother’s thoughts on autism and an autistic child:

“I tell you, I would rather she got Polio than Autism. At least her mind would be in tact. At least she could talk to me, experience life with me. No offense, but some of the stories you send me about these kids? Well, if they were horses, they’d be put down just to ease their misery. What parent can watch that, or live with that? What child deserves that?”

In other words, an autistic life is not worth living. And an autistic child is not worth parenting. With this mind-set, it is no wonder that they want to find a way to eradicate autism.

I just hope those of you trying to learn more about autism take this attitude into account when you read stories and opinions about vaccines as the cause of autism.

Blog maintenance (mostly) complete

Back in January I started the process of remodeling 29 Marbles, and today I announce the completion of that remodeling (to the extent that any blog is ever really complete). A couple of things you will likely notice:

  • 29 Marbles has moved from its home on Blogger its own address at http://autism.gbrettmiller.com, and I’ve switched from Blogger to WordPress. I did this for several reasons, but mostly I was taking my own advice to “own my data”.
  • The feed for 29 Marbles is still http://feeds.feedburner.com/29Marbles, so you should not lose your subscription. (I think you may have received a feed “refresh” of the last few posts, but that should be OK.)
  • The left hand column is for information related directly to 29 Marbles, such as the search function, feed subscription, and category lists.
  • The right hand column includes feeds from and links to other autism related resources. Although I definitely have my own opinion about certain things, I also think it is important to see others’ views. That’s why I’ve included feeds to the Autism Hub and Age of Autism, along with links to blogs by parents and autistics from I expect that this side will continue to grow.

I hope you’ll continue to read 29 Marbles and offer the great comments and discussions that arise from the very important topic of autism, what it means, and where we’re going. See you on April 2.