Republican debate’s spotlight on autism helps raise awareness
By Miranda Christian.
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Republican candidate Donald Trump highlighted the autism and vaccine issue at the Republican debate Wednesday night. Trump suggested that vaccines can cause autism.
Coincidentally, the next day was “The Big Give for Autism” fundraiser, held by the Autism Society of America.
The Nebraska chapter’s vice president Wendy Hamilton said that when the topic of autism appears in the national spotlight, they try to look at the positive side.
“Any publicity is good publicity. I would hope that with the conversation being made so public, people take an opportunity to say, ‘Wait a second, I think I want to look into that a little bit more,’” said Hamilton.
The vaccine debate has been around for years and Trump is bringing it back to the forefront.
“I am not here to tell people what to believe or not to believe, except educate yourself,” said Hamilton
Autism being discussed during the debate could not have come at a better time for ASA. A national all-day, online fundraiser would take place Thursday. The money raised will help the 21,000 Nebraskans who are diagnosed with autism.
“I think anytime it is brought up in conversation is good, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for us giving we are doing a major fundraiser, so for that, we say thanks,” said Hamilton.