Age of Autism: Year in Review and the Search For the Kanner Kids

Mark, Kim, and Dan will review the year, and then they will debut a new 8-minute video How Mercury Triggered the Age of Autism. We’ll talk with Teresa Conrick about her discovery of the first-born child with an autism diagnosis and the hunt for the Kanner 11.

Mark Blaxill

Mark Blaxill is the father of a daughter diagnosed with autism, Chairman and co-founder of the Canary Party, editor at large for Age of Autism, a director of SafeMinds and a frequent speaker at autism conferences. He has authored a number of scientific publications on autism. He received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public/International Affairs at Princeton University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He co-authored a book with Dan Olmsted, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Man-made Epidemic (Thomas Dunne, 2010).

Dan Olmsted

Dan Olmsted is Editor of, the daily web newspaper of the autism epidemic. He began reporting on autism in 2005, writing a weekly column for United Press International. In 2010, he and Mark Blaxill co-authored The Age of Autism -- Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic. A graduate of Yale College, he has been a journalist for 35 years and was an original staff member of USA Today and a senior editor of UPI.

Kim Stagliano

Kim Stagliano, is wife, Mom, writer... and tired. She and her husband Mark have three gorgeous girls - who have autism. They think it's almost impossible, given that autism affects boys 4:1 over girls. They have found a way to survive the impossible. Kim is Managing Editor of, the nation's first daily web newspaper about the autism epidemic. She writes for The Huffington Post and has a column in Autism File magazine. She has published two books, All I Can Handle I’m No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism and House of Cards.