Sarah Palin and Autism

October 16, 2008 · Filed Under News, Sarah Palin 

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I’ve seen quite a few posts in the blogosphere and news sources this evening where people seem delighted that John McCain, by their understanding, made a flub when referring to Sarah Palin and autism.

“And I just said to you earlier, town hall meeting after town hall meeting, parents come with kids, children — precious children who have autism. Sarah Palin knows about that better than most.”

The assumption by some was that McCain meant to refer to Down syndrome in the context of Governor Palin’s son Trig.

But McCain was alluding to Palin’s nephew, who has autism, as mentioned in the Los Angeles Times on September 8, 2008.

In the days since McCain chose Palin, the governor of Alaska, as his vice presidential nominee on Aug. 29, his campaign has shown off her 5-month-old son, Trig, who was born with Down syndrome. The campaign has also let it be known that Palin has a nephew with autism.

With regards to John McCain and his efforts in combating autism, he elaborates his position on and mentions how he co-sponsored the Combating Autism Act of 2006 and worked to ensure its enactment.