Daniel "Dan" Olmsted was a journalist and former senior editor for United Press International (UPI). He was the owner and editor of the Age of Autism website. Dan Olmsted was born on June 17, 1952, and passed away in Falls Church, Virginia on January 23, 2017, at the age of 64. Dan Olmsted will be placed on the Autism Light Memorial Roll today. Dan Olmsted is an Autism Light for his influence and dedication to be a journalistic voice for those that believe autism has its root in environmental causes.
A celebration of life service will be held for Daniel Olmsted at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home on March 18, 2017, at 2pm. In lieu of flowers donations in Dan Olmsted's memory can be made to Age of Autism.
Obituaries and news about Daniel Olmsted may be viewed in the following articles.
- Age of Autism (Daniel Olmsted Obituary)
- Commercial-News (DHS Grad Journalist Dies in Virginia)
- Fairfax Funeral Home (Daniel Olmsted Obituary)
- Health Nut News (Autism Community Shocked by Death of Famous Journalist Dan Olmsted)
Age of Autism: The Age of Autism website was started by Dan Olmsted in November 2007, and it's content has received millions of views in the 20 years of its operation. The Age of Autism website states that it is the "Daily Web Newspaper of the Autism Epidemic", and describes their mission in this way: "We are published to give a voice to those who believe autism is an environmentally induced illness, that is treatable, and that children can recover (Age of Autism Welcome from Dan Olmsted)." Following Dan Olmsted's passing, the work and content of Age of Autism continues to be published by other journalists like Mark Blaxill, John Stone, and Kim Stagliano, who was Autism Light #396.
The autism community mourns the loss of Dan Olmsted. His investigative journalism into a relationship between vaccines and environmental hazards to autism has provided important information that was not widely available in the mainstream media. He gave a voice to those who believe in an environmental cause of autism. It is hoped that his memory will encourage others to become journalists and that the work of Age of Autism will carry on with success.
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