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Jenny McCarthy Slams Online Story That Son Doesn't Have Autism

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Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 07:38 AM

By Alexandra Ward


Jenny McCarthy is coming out swinging against the gossip site that published a story over the weekend claiming that "The View" co-host's son doesn't actually have autism.

McCarthy, 41, has been an active advocate for autism awareness ever since disclosing her son Evan's diagnosis in 2005. But a story posted on RadarOnline.com Friday quoted the former Playmate as saying her 11-year-old was misdiagnosed.

The story was subsequently taken down.

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McCarthy then tweeted a statement on Saturday setting the record straight.

"Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous. 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 tweet read. "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."

"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."

McCarthy has been open about her son's struggle with the developmental disorder, detailing her personal journey in her 2007 book, "Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism."

In a 2010 interview with Time (likely the one she referenced in her tweet), McCarthy also talked about Evan's progress.

"Evan couldn't talk — now he talks," she said. "Evan couldn't make eye contact — now he makes eye contact. Evan was antisocial — now he makes friends. It was amazing to watch, over the course of doing this, how certain therapies work for certain kids and they completely don't work for others."

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