Monday, May 16, 2011

Unanswered Questions: Compensated Vaccine Injury & Autism

From NAA NY Metro Secretary Lisa Rudley:

On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, I attended the press conference in Washington DC on the release of “Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP): A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury,” a peer-reviewed paper published in the Pace Environmental Law Review.

Many media outlets showed up along with several families. It was a heartfelt experience to personally meet the families who publicly spoke out regarding their experience with the VICP and their children's autism. Mary Holland, Louis Conte, Robert Krakow (pictured), and Lisa Colin, the study's authors, did a tremendous job along with the brave families who spoke out publicly at the press conference. The press conference can be viewed here.

My personal experience with this project began two years ago, as several of us contemplated the “what if” we showed the world that compensated cases in the VICP also had autism and that there were not just a few, but that there were many. The project was launched and the rest is history. As one of the ten parent volunteer interviewers who called families, I found the families extremely willing to share their stories.

Mary Holland, Lou Conte & Lisa Colin stayed on Capitol Hill to hold a congressional briefing on Thursday, May 12th, where only 25 staffers attended. There is much more work to be done but the ball is now rolling!

The announcement below, from Autism Action Network Executive Director John Gilmore, contains many links to media reports on this important event.

Autism Action Network Alert from John Gilmore, Executive Director:
Support the Journalists Who Support Us -Watch the Fox Videos and leave Comments
Most of you are probably aware of the study released Tuesday that found 83 people who were compensated through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, who also have autism as one of their injuries. These people are not supposed to exist according to the government, and the researchers were able to review only a small fraction of the more than 2000 cases compensated by the VICP.

The feds new this study was coming and organized efforts to squelch any media coverage of the story. Fortunately. Fox News covered the story extensively. If you haven’t seen the videos of the news coverage you will find them below. Please watch the videos and then make comments on the web pages. Stations pay close attention to the number of hits and comments their stories receive. The more hits and the more positive comments the more likely they are to do stories like this in the future.
Thank you to Lisa for this terrific, first-hand account!

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