I was a little confused by some of Senator McCain's comments about his running-mate in last night's third presidential debate:
"And, by the way, she also understands special-needs families. She understands that autism is on the rise, that we've got to find out what's causing it, and we've got to reach out to these families, and help them, and give them the help they need as they raise these very special needs children. She understands that better than almost any American that I know."
The way he said it, it seemed as though he was referring to Palin's infant son who has Down Syndrome, which is caused by a chromosomal abnormality and is fairly common in children of women over 35 years of age. So, we do know what causes her son's disorder.
Autism is an entirely different disorder. Its cause is currently undetermined and we certainly need to do the research in order to figure out how to prevent it.
I am wondering why Ms. Palin "understands that better than almost any American I know."
Does she have a friend or family member with autism? Has she been involved in autism research or advocacy groups?
Thanks for sharing what you know about this!