Hey media, what about autism?

Every time there is a case of measles in the United States, reporters are instructed by their editors to write about it. The news spreads like wildfire. Imagine if that were the case with autism. Remember all the hullabaloo the media and state legislators made about the 188 cases of measles in the US in 2015? Well, there were thousands of new cases of autism in 2015, and there are thousands of new cases every year. It is estimated that one in 45 children in the US have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is estimated that, by 2025, one in two American kids will have ASD. The few children who get measles in the US, in the vast majority of cases, recover just fine and go on to have normal, productive lives. No so with those who develop autism. So where in the world are all those news stories about the thousands of autism cases each year? What an eerie silence.


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