Answer: Your video commentating on a Larry King Live show (subject: autism-vaccination debate) was listed on YouTube, along with the segments of that show. I was pleasantly surprised to find that your organization sides with Dr. Bernadine Healy and those who feel that the question needs to be explored further.
2. Do you or any adult relative, friend, etc. have or suspect you/they have an autism spectrum disorder, for example Asperger's Syndrome? If yes, please share your/their story with us. It will help us to get to know you better, and many of our members will be able to easily relate and bond with you.
Answer: I do not have Asperger's, though I may have had mild characteristics of Asperger's as a child (undiagnosed). I have known adults or soon-to-be adults who have Aperger's, but that is not the reason for my interest in the subject.
3. Do you have or care for a child that has or you suspect that they have an autism spectrum disorder, for example Asperger's Syndrome? If yes, please share your/their story with us. It will help us to get to know you better, and many of our members will be able to easily relate with and bond with you.
Answer: My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS by a neurologist in 1996, and then diagnosed with Asperger's some years later by a renowned neurologist at UCLA. He has had immune and autoimmune issues from a fairly early age, along with a history of interruption during pregnancy (bleeding and influenza during first and second term), diarrhea as a toddler, frequent infections, autoimmune symptoms during those infections, ear infections, allergic response to amoxicillin, asthma, sinusitis, costochondritis, ITP for which he was treated with gamma globulin therapy (which resulted in increased platelet count but also in lessening of his "autistic characteristics" and an end to a daily cough that he had had for years prior to the gamma globulin therapy), Tourette's Syndrome (which started in his kindergarten year, the same year that he was his asthma symptoms became life-threatening and the same year that he received the standard series of kindergarten immunizations), and psychotic episodes (started within two weeks of receiving a flu vaccination w/no previous history before that vaccination). Family history includes toe-walking, schizophrenia, asthma, Tourette's, and death of a relative in WWII after he was immunized on a navel vessel.
4. Do you work in any field with people on the autism spectrum disorder? If so, what do you do? How long have you been in the field? Examples would be a doctor, therapist, teacher, aide, ym/wca employee, caregiver etc... Also, if you are local to the Tampa Bay Area, would you be interested in speaking at any of our informational support group meetings in Pinellas Park?
Answer: I have worked for school districts as a medical aid in Special Ed. Currently, I am pre-med as an undergrad, with the hope of beginning research on immune response/autoimmunity sometime this year or next. My career goal is neroimmunology or related area.
5. Are you local to the Tampa Bay Area? More specifically the Pinellas County area? If so, would you be interested in attending our twice monthly informational support group meetings in Pinellas Park? After approved, be sure to mark in your profile that you are local so that you will be able to receive emails regarding local information and events.
Answer: I live in Ventura County, California.