**FILE**Actor Jim Carrey, right, and girlfriend, actress Jenny McCarthy, left, pose on the press line at the DesignCare 2007 benefit fundraiser in Malibu, Calif. in this July 21, 2007 file photo. McCarthy worried about finding a good man after her son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism two years ago. Then Carrey came along. "Beyond doubt it was written in the stars that Jim and Evan were a pair," the 34-year-old actress tells People magazine in its Oct. 1 issue. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg,File)
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) _ A southeast Kansas woman is getting some
Hollywood help to spread the word about autism.
Actress, author and activist Jenny McCarthy is set to speak at the first Kansas Autism Conference next week at Pittsburg High School. Mandy Commons of Pittsburg -- whose 12-year-old son is autistic -- was at a previous conference when she met McCarthy, who also has a son with autism.
Commons and McCarthy share the belief that their sons each became autistic after receiving vaccinations. Advocates maintain that a mercury-based preservative in childhood vaccines is linked to autism, but health authorities generally have said there is no connection.
McCarthy, who wrote ``Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism,'' is scheduled to address the conference June 20.
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