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Age of Autism

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Age of Autism (often abbreviated to AoA) is a site that hosts the blogs of the ableist leaders in the field of anti-vaccination crankery and has little to do with actual autism other than the claim that vaccines cause autism (they don't). Their bloggers include the likes of Mark Blaxill, David Kirby, J.B. Handley, and, of course, Jenny McCarthy. They also peddle "treatments" for autism produced by alternative medicine woo-meister Lee Silsby, which consist of vitamin supplements and other nature woo. Age of Autism, being the cesspool of the craziest of the anti-vaccine movement, has invoked several arguments horrible in both quality and in taste, which, of course, involves the typical PRATTs of the anti-vaccine movement that can probably fill the entire bingo card.

In a pathetic attempt at being reasonable, they proclaim themselves as "not anti-vaccine, just pro-safe vaccine" even though they have aimed their fear-mongering cannons at Gardasil[1] and the meningitis vaccine[2], which are irrelevant to autism.

Not surprisingly for a anti-vaccine crank website, Age of Autism views itself as a champion for the so-called "medical rights" including the "right" to refuse the vaccine because they think the misinformed parent can make a decision better than a professional government-sponsored medical organization. They draw depressingly awful analogies of vaccines to things like human trafficking, rape, and, of course, Hitler and Nazism. They also roll in conspiracy theories like Big Pharma and even think they are winning[3].

Bottom line, if not implied a hundred times here, they're the to-go site for the lowest parts of the anti-vaccination movement.

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  1. Age of Autism and Gardasil: What’s that again about not being “anti-vaccine”? Respectful Insolence
  2. Action Alert: NY To Mandate Meningitis Vaccine for 7th Graders Age of Autism
  3. I Will Accept Your Surrender. This is beyond delusional.
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