Leap Science Forward

The Autism Science Foundation had an extra day to use this year, as do you, and thought that this extra day should be used to do something good. Today they’re holding a one day fundraiser to help fund science-based autism research.

The ASF is the only autism non-profit that does not and will not fund research into finding a vaccine-autism link. The science has spoken. They’ve moved on. It’s even in their mission statement:

Vaccines save lives; they do not cause autism. Numerous studies have failed to show a causal link between vaccines and autism. Vaccine safety research should continue to be conducted by the public health

system in order to ensure vaccine safety and maintain confidence in our national vaccine program, but further investment of limited autism research dollars is not warranted at this time.

All of the funds raised today will be used towards travel grants for autism stakeholders to attend the International Meeting for Autism Research. If you’re interested in helping to support science-based autism research, I encourage you to donate to this worthy organization.


Happy Leap Day!

Autism Science Foundation Logo

How often have you wished for an extra hour or extra day to get everything you need done? At ASF, we want to make the most of this special leap day by using it to help autism science leap forward.

Thanks to your support, for the last two years we have provided funding for autism stakeholders (parents, individuals with autism, teachers, students, etc) to attend the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). All donations made today, February 29, 2012, will go directly to our IMFAR Travel Grants program, helping us provide more scholarships to IMFAR 2012 in Toronto where they will share their real world autism experience with scientists. These stakeholders will then bring the latest autism science back into our communities helping the science take a giant leap forward.

After attending IMFAR, past grant recipients have:
– Organized a five day autism science seminar at Barnard College
– Presented critical autism research information to nurses in Philadelphia
– Produced multiple blog posts that reached thousands of readers around the world
– Organized an autism awareness club and speaker series at Yale College

And thanks to a generous donor, all donations made today (February 29, 2012) will be matched dollar for dollar for an extra big leap.

Do something special with this extra day of 2012 and help leap science forward. Please make a donation today!

Donations can be made via their Causevox page.


Elyse MoFo Anders is the bad ass behind forming the Women Thinking, inc and the superhero who launched the Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated campaign as well as podcaster emeritus, writer, slacktivist extraordinaire, cancer survivor and sometimes runs marathons for charity. You probably think she's awesome so you follow her on twitter.

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  1. It’s my younger sister’s birthday today!

    And I’m a twin.

    I don’t know why that amuses me, but it does. Not only did my parents have twins (something that doesn’t normally run in our family), but they had another daughter on Leap Day. Maybe I should play the lottery (kidding).

  2. ASF is like 700 kinds of problematic. The power that is there, Alison Singer, talked about wanting to kill her kid.

    In front of said kid.

    While ignoring said kid’s attempts at reciprocal affection.

    An autism charity needs to do a bit more than “not scream vaccines” to be remotely ethical.

    You won’t find many autistic people supporting them, & we have good reasons.

  3. There is no one with autism on the board of this ‘charity’. I also note that ‘parents’ always get first billing.

    Would you donate to a charity for blind people that did not include at least 50% blind people on its board? Or a charity for paraplegics that listed ‘parents’ before ‘paraplegics’?

    Sorry, but no. There are plenty of autistic people in business, science and law. How about putting them on the boards and giving them research money for a change?

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