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.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
How disheartening to think that with the level of evidence that is available to support behavioral intervention, "effective treatment would need to be "trial and error" for children with ASD..."
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Waiting until adulthood to teach complex work skills within service delivery models that have low staffing ratios will not likely culminate in proficient and marketable skills...
Monday, June 06, 2011
Faced with aggressive and, in some cases, disingenuous marketing tactics, how can families and persons with autism confidently investigate possible treatments?
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Important conversations about autism treatment are sidetracked when journalists use sensationalism in the titles of their articles...
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
...there are no published research studies supporting the effectiveness of the DAN protocol, and furthermore, many of the techniques practiced by DAN physicians are considered to be harmful by the medical community at large...
Monday, March 28, 2011
You astutely point out that there are both direct and indirect costs for allowing pseudoscience to persist...
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Your evaluation of the recent books published by Paul Offit and Seth Mnookin highlights for the reader the clear empirical evidence in support of vaccinations...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
It is important that the media take responsibility to get the facts straight. You are correct in your assessment of the potential danger of wildly misleading stories such as this one. ..
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
As you effectively pointed out in your article, the suggested (but now discredited) link between the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism has had far reaching negative effects by putting the health of scores of children at risk...
ASAT Responds to Star-Ledger Article 'Apple iPad, iPod Touch Might Help People with Autism Take Steps toward Independence'
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I want to commend you for balancing the potential utility of this technology to promote independence...