Autism or lead poisoning?: One local mom and a new film, 'MisLEAD,' seek to raise the question

Jue, 03/04/2014 - 16:04

What: "MisLEAD: America's Secret Epidemic." The special engagement advanced screening will be followed by a discussion with the film's director, Tamara Rubin, and a panel of local lead experts. The film runs 94 minutes. The discussion is expected to last an hour.

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Haddon Allen, now 11, is a healthy, athletic and socially engaged fifth-grader, making A's and B's, at Daniel Island Elementary School. His life is a far cry from the first two years of life when he exhibited symptoms of autism. 


Lead poisoning has faded as a major health concern over the years, but one Daniel Island mother is joining a national effort to bring it back and to change the perception that the issue only pertains to low-income families.

Mindy Allen says her son, Haddon, was misdiagnosed with autism by the N.C. Children's Developmental Services Agency before age 2 after he exhibited disorder symptoms, such as making no eye contact, not wanting to be touched, having tantrums and severely delayed language skills.