Jenny McCarthy to Headline Kansas Autism Meeting

By: AP
By: AP

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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