Chili’s reverses decision to fundraise the National Autism Association an anti-vaccination organization

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Today was suppose to be the day that Chili’s had planned on honouring National Autism Awareness month by donating 10% of its customers’ checks. However, the intended choice of organization, The National Autism Association, caused an uproar and Chili’s has responded by cancelling the event.

The National Autism Association (NAA) states clearly on its website,

“While mainstream science discounts vaccinations as a cause, members of the National Autism Association feel vaccinations have triggered autism in a subset of children…

“Vaccinations can trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children.”

Huffington Post reported that there was an immediate backlash from their close to 4 million Facebook fans last Friday. The CDC has consistently reported that “there is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism” and cites at least 10 studies with similar findings.

The statement from Chili’s company blog and Facebook Page:

Chili’s is committed to giving back to the communities in which our guests live and work through local and national Give Back Events. While we remain committed to supporting the children and families affected by autism, we are canceling Monday’s Give Back Event based on the feedback we heard from our guests.

We believe autism awareness continues to be an important cause to our guests and team members, and we will find another way to support this worthy effort in the future with again our sole intention being to help families affected by autism. At Chili’s, we want to make every guest feel special and we thank all of our loyal guests for your thoughtful questions and comments.

Within 15 hours of posting there have been over  2,300 comments of support for the decision.