Thursday, April 28, 2011

Revisiting Dr. Oz

Back in February I posted an open letter to Dr. Oz - - regarding his show on autism.  The show immediately sparked something in the autism community and months later we are still talking about it.  Overall I believe it was a wasted opportunity.  Rather than promoting hope the show instilled fear. 

Recently I connected with another blog writer who was actually in the audience. Christine, is a thirty something New Yorker - her blog is called How to Apply Lotion to a Moving Target.  Christine's most recent post is about being part of the audience on the Dr. Oz show.  She writes:
When I received an email from my son’s school that the Dr. Oz show was going to do an Autism Town Hall Meeting, I was so excited.  I immediately responded with a yes and gave them a small write up about my son and how autism has changed our life.  I quickly emailed my childhood friend to see if she wanted to attend the taping with me.  She has a 12 year old son with autism, ADHD, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and ODD verging on Conduct Disorder.  We were both so excited to go and had not seen each other in over 20 years.  After we were seated, the person who gets the crowd all psyched up told us that the topic of the show was going to be “What Causes Autism?”  I groaned.  Not this subject again. 
To read the rest of Christine's post please visit How to Apply Lotion to a Moving Target.

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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.