Last updated on March 8th, 2021 at 11:47 am
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- Overall, we rate Age of Autism a Quackery level Pseudoscience website based on the promotion of unscientific anti-vaccination propaganda.
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2015, Age of Autism is an anti-vaccination website that promotes pseudoscience. According to their Mission page “We are published to give voice to those who believe autism is an environmentally induced illness, that it is treatable, and that children can recover.” Based on science autism is not environmentally induced and is not curable.
Funded by / Ownership
Age of Autism is owned by Autism Age, which is a nonprofit organization based in Connecticut. The website is funded through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Age of Autism’s whole premise is to promote the false premise that vaccines cause Autism. The evidence for this assessment comes from one page on the website that details their pseudo-hypothesis. Here are some quotes from this page: “Age of Autism embraces the belief expressed by the great Bernie Rimland that “the autism epidemic is real, and excessive vaccinations are the cause.” and “Vaccines are causing the autism epidemic. Exactly how that is taking place is subject to much discussion both within and without the vaccine safety community – again, vaccine injury denialists claim it never happens.” The evidence, based on the consensus of science is that vaccines are not linked to autism. They also frequently reference other anti-vaccination sources such as Children’s Health Defense which routinely fails fact checks for false claims. In general, the Age of Autism frequently promotes false and misleading information regarding vaccines.
Failed Fact Checks
- The Swedish parliament rejected seven proposals in May 2017 establishing a mandatory vaccination program, enacting a ban on the practice. – Mostly False
Overall, we rate Age of Autism a Quackery level Pseudoscience website based on the promotion of unscientific anti-vaccination propaganda. (D. Van Zandt 10/19/2016) Updated (03/08/2021)