The Canvas Grey

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Exciting News For Autism

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on October 23, 2007

What a wonderful thing to see in the world of autism…cooperation!  By opening this information up to others we may see significant strides in understanding autism.  This can only lead to good!  Thanks to The Autism Consortium!  Read about it here:  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-10/tac-acr102207.php

ADDITION to this post on October 24, 2007

After my initial excitement about this issue I’ve read and talked with others who believe that this is a bad thing.  They believe this will lead to more abortions when parents find out their baby is less than perfect.

 What do you think?

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4 Responses to “Exciting News For Autism”

  1. lisa rudy said

    I tell you… I can’t quite wrap my brain around the amount of time, money and sheer hard work that’s going into the question of autism and genetics. I mean… I’m sure there are genetic issues related to autism but…

    how do they even decide WHICH families count as being “autistic?” Are they including in everyone, from aspies to classic autistics? Are they noting every aspect of the individual’s differences, behaviors, etc.? How detailed are the family histories? Or is this just a collection of raw data marked “autistic families?”

    IMHO, what we are now calling an explosion in “autism” is likely to turn out to be a collection of over a dozen different sets of symptoms – which will probably wind up having completely different names, etiologies, treatments, and – in some cases – cures.

    Meanwhile, re your question – I don’t honestly think it’s likely that all autism could ever be “caught in the womb.” But even if it were possible, I still don’t see how science could distinguish the level of autism, the associated likely symptoms, etc.

    Whether you like or dislike the idea of genetic research, though, it’s not likely to go away. And so the question of whether parents will abort because they don’t like their baby’s genes – for whatever reason – will be at issue for a VERY long time to come…

    Lisa

  2. thecanvasgrey said

    Yes, I’m with you Lisa!

    I don’t see why it is an issue if women presently can legally abort if they don’t want the baby. ***Ladies, please don’t jump on me about stating a fact, not an endorsement.***

    We were sent for genetic testing with our second and checked for Downs because of my age. I did it because I wanted to be prepared not because I might not want the child. In retrospect, I wonder why I put myself through that and the expense when I already knew I’d have him no matter what.

  3. Lori said

    I feel the work with genetics should be focused on treatment to alter the genes and repair them, not for diagnosis prior to birth.

  4. thecanvasgrey said

    Lori, I agree 100%!

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