Jenny McCarthy Reaffirms Son's Autism Diagnosis
Evan is Jenny McCathy's son with ex-husband John Asher
Jenny McCarthy, tired of media reports claiming that her son Evan may not actually have autism, released a statement to confirm that her son is indeed afflicted with the developmental disorder.
Jenny McCarthy Slams Reports About Son's Autism Cure
"Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous,” McCarthy wrote in a statement posted to her Twitter account. "Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center).”
“The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate,” The View host added. “These stories cite a “new” Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me. Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder. Please know that I am taking every legal measure necessary to set this straight."
Among the allegedly false quotes included in the rumored Time Magazine interview was one in which McCarthy gushes about her son’s progress. “Evan couldn’t talk — now he talks. Evan couldn’t make eye contact — now he makes eye contact,” she’d reportedly said. “Evan was anti-social — now he makes friends. It was amazing to watch.”
McCarthy On Vaccinations Causing Autism
Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005. Since then, McCarthy has been an outspoken activist for the disorder, raising awareness at every opportunity. She has sometimes come under fire over the last several years for blaming medical vaccinations for her son’s autism. McCarthy, unlike many parents and activists, does not believe Evan was born autistic.
Evan, born in 2002, is McCarthy’s only child with ex-husband John Asher. She’s currently dating New Kids on the Block singer and Blue Bloods actor Donnie Wahlberg.
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