All parents need to understand the history of autistic spectrum diagnoses for the health of ALL children. Thanks to the misinformation spread during the 1990s and early 2000s about the rising rate of autism diagnosis, some parents chose not to vaccinate their kids. With Trump spouting the now-debunked association between vaccines and autism, soon even more parents could choose to withhold critical vaccinations, putting the overall health of our nation at risk.  Steve Silberman, WIRED reporter and author of Neurotribes, provides a persuasive account of the history of autism in his TED talk. He explains that the rising number of children diagnosed on the spectrum results from a widening of diagnostic criteria–not vaccines.

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