In advocating for vaccines, I refuse to stigmatize autistic people.
Autism is a natural variation in being human.
Vaccines don't cause autism.There's no "debate" over vaccines and autism.
On the one hand, there's the overwhelming weight of the scientific evidence: vaccines are not causal in autism. On the other hand, there are people who passionately believe that vaccines cause autism.
The "vaccines cause autism" belief, while heartfelt, is erroneous and harmful.
This mistaken belief causes harm to autistic people in many ways. One example is that the focus on vaccine causation has diverted time, money, and social resources away from meeting the real needs of autistic people. Another is that the vaccine myth has lead parents to subject their children to harmful and useless "cures" such as bleach enemas, long courses of unneeded medications, and/or restrictive diets.
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