As controversial as this original idea now is, there is definitely a connection between a mother's early emotional relationship with her child and autism. Even if the mother is physically present, if she is emotionally distant combined with not breastfeeding and/or doesn't hold the child several hours per day, that child is at a significantly greater risk of having autism. Research will prove this more and more over time, although it's pretty logical. Also, the increased exposure to media, especially as a substitute for emotional bonding and physical play are additional risk factors. Please stop trying to blame genes and neurotransmitters; those are secondary factors and a distraction to dealing with the primary societal issue. Use funding to help pregnant women and mothers understand and learn about the importance of physical and emotional bonding with their children, as well as help them to deal with their own childhood to overcome potential barriers to emotional and physical distancing.