I stumbled across this video yesterday and it hit awfully close to home. My youngest son has autism. In many ways, his story mirrors Madison's. He was, in my humble (and of course unbiased) opinion nothing short of brilliant as a baby. He could walk at eight months, I'm not kidding. He could stack six blocks on top of each other at an age when he wasn't even supposed to be stacking two. I remember reading a test somewhere that said if your baby was emotionally healthy and developing normally if you smiled and banged blocks in front of him at 11 months and he copied you. Well, my son passed that test. He could definitely count to 20 as a wee toddler (in fact he wouldn't stop, he loved it so much!).
Today my son is twelve years old. I can't have a conversation with him. He can't go to a regular school with the other kids. I don't currently live with him and his older brother. I probably don't need to explain how devastating this condition can be to families.
Do I think vaccines cause autism? Something sure the hell does, and I'm sure it's environmental. When you compare autism rates against the Amish (who don't vaccinate) vs. the general population, there can be no doubt. We're in the midst of an epidemic. I don't really know what to say, but this video kind of got me by the throat and it may give others a taste of how heartbreaking this disease can be, and how important it is we try to find out why this is happening.