Autistic People Say Anti-Vax Misinformation Is Only Making Matters Worse
Anti-vaccine misinformation fueling this year's record-breaking measles outbreak and raising public health alarms across the country is making life harder for autistic kids and adults, feeding fears about disability and promoting dangerous fake "cures."
Despite public health officials repeatedly assuring parents that vaccines are safe, anti-vaxxers pushing the myth that a "vaccine injury" can cause autism has created more stigma, autistic adults and advocates told BuzzFeed News.
For autistic people, the claims, which have been repeatedly debunked, continue to be a source of frustration as people spreading vaccine misinformation play on fears and prejudices, often calling autistic children damaged.
“It reinforces the belief that an autistic person begins as a neurotypical person and there’s some way of getting them back to that state,” said Zoe Gross, operations director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. “It’s difficult to get people to calm down about autism when this stuff is out there.”
Source: Buzzfeed News