Media Watch (a subcommittee of the Public Relations Committee) has three primary initiatives:
- Educating the public about effective autism treatment through proactive contact with the media;
- Responding to inaccurate information or proposed treatments described by the media (as it relates to scientific findings about their effectiveness); and
- Supporting accurate media depictions of empirically–sound interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
We seek to increase awareness of the scientific underpinnings surrounding autism treatment that can lead to real hope for those touched by this disorder.
Below are some recent letters showcasing our Media Watch efforts.
ASAT Responds to AutismDailyNewscast.com's "Limitations Apparent in Applied Behavior Analysis Research"
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
By highlighting the limitations of ABA you may inadvertently mislead the wary reader to assume that ABA-based interventions for individuals with ASD are wholly ineffective due to “limited research...”
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
It is important that your readers understand that there has been no published research demonstrating the effectiveness of agriculture as a therapy modality for autism...
Friday, August 02, 2013
Sadly, Ms. McCarthy uses her celebrity status to propagate false information to the exclusion of educating families about scientifically supported treatment options...
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Adults with autism are frequently marginalized in our society and often receive little support once they age out of the education system...
Parents should be encouraged to be wary of “miracle cures” and treatments that are not based in scientific evidence...
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Attention to post-graduation employment should be begun early, carried out extensively, and planned meaningfully...
Monday, April 22, 2013
The latest CDC report is drawn from the results of a telephone survey administered to the parents of children ages 6 to 17 who opted to provide answers. These results, which suggest that one in 50 school-aged children have ASD, were collected in such a way that there is a potential for sampling bias...
ASAT Responds to FoxPhilly.com’s "Parents Of Autistic Children Worry What Life Will Bring When They're Adults"
Monday, April 01, 2013
Our country is currently being confronted with a mounting crisis due to lack of resources such as funding and qualified service providers for these individuals...
ASAT Responds to Texas Observer’s "Autism Inc.: The Discredited Science, Shady Treatments and Rising Profits Behind Alternative Autism Treatments"
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
You describe the journey of several duped parents -- once amazed by the gamut of so-called “miracle cures,” such as chelation therapy, dietary supplements and other alternative remedies -- now informed, and able to draw the line between quackery and science...
Monday, March 04, 2013
Overall, your article sheds light on an interesting concept that certain parasites may have beneficial effects for some individuals with autism...