GOP Autism Dad: Biomedical Treatments Are Helping My Son

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 in Uncategorized

From – By David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm

Autism was the disorder heard ’round the world last Thursday at the Republican Convention, as John McCain singled out a young father from Pennsylvania for special recognition from 39 million viewers.

“I fight for Jake and Toni Wimmer of Franklin County, Pennsylvania,” McCain said. “They have two sons. The youngest, Luke, has been diagnosed with autism. Their lives should matter to the people they elect to office. And they matter to me.”

It was a powerful moment, and it could help place autism squarely in the forefront of the national political discussion, where it belongs.

This weekend, Jake Wimmer’s trip to St. Paul was retold by a local news outlet (HERE). I was intrigued enough to pick up the phone and call him for his opinions on the campaign,  and on the state of autism in America today.

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