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  • It’s Not Mayberry

    Asperger's Diary
    Lynne Soraya
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Years ago, when I was just out on my own, I had an experience that has deeply shaped how I view events like those in Ferguson, Missouri these past weeks. One which taught me a lot about how biases can shape perception, and how those perceptions can have devastating consequences in law enforcement.read more
  • Could poor stomach absorption of drugs reduce autism medications' effectiveness?

    Autism News -- ScienceDaily
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Many children and adults with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms, research shows, and such symptoms can impact the absorption and availability of medications. "There are a number of variables that can influence medication response but given how common gastrointestinal issues are for those with autism, it seems the relationship should be examined more closely," said the senior author.
  • Hear This Well: Parent Videos Breaking The Silence on Vaccine Violence

    AGE OF AUTISM
    Age of Autism
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    Last week Elizabeth Cohen of CNN insulted and denigrated thousands of families who have children with vaccine induced injury, as part of an effort to tamp down the #CDCwhistleblower story. In response, parents have created short videos telling Ms. Cohen...
  • New Development for Disabled Housing Mortgages!

    Susan's Blog
    Susan Senator
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Valuable home-purchasing information for anyone in the country with a developmental disability looking for a possible low percentage down mortgage. I received this information from Autism Housing Pathways’ Cathy Boyle. It may now be possible for parents to buy with very little down through Fannie Mae if the property is for a son or daughter with a developmental disability! How to get a 5% down mortgage from Fannie Mae if you are buying a property for a son or daughter with a developmental or physical disability: A parent (or parents) who is a natural person (i.e., not an LLC, or a…
  • In-Home Caregivers Often Lack Training, Oversight

    Disability Scoop
    Chris Serres, Star Tribune/MCT
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Many in-home caregivers say they feel overwhelmed and unqualified as they struggle to help individuals with serious illnesses and disabilities.
 
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  • Could poor stomach absorption of drugs reduce autism medications' effectiveness?

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Many children and adults with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms, research shows, and such symptoms can impact the absorption and availability of medications. "There are a number of variables that can influence medication response but given how common gastrointestinal issues are for those with autism, it seems the relationship should be examined more closely," said the senior author.
  • Socially-assistive robots help kids with autism learn by providing personalized prompts

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Children with autism spectrum disorders showed improved or maintained performance in learning imitative behavior by interacting with humanoid robots that provided graded cueing, an occupational therapy technique that shapes behavior by providing increasingly specific cues to help a person learn new skills.
  • Genetic change in autism-related gene identified

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A genetic change in a recently identified autism-associated gene has been identified by researchers, which may provide further insight into the causes of autism. The study presents findings that likely represent a definitive clinical marker for some patients' developmental disabilities.
  • Link between prenatal antidepressant exposure, autism risk called into question

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Previous studies that have suggested an increased risk of autism among children of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression. Now researchers have called that into question with further studies -- and complex answers.
  • Children with autism have extra synapses in brain: May be possible to prune synapses with drug after diagnosis

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a new study. Because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the excessive synapses may have profound effects on how the brain functions.
 
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  • People Like You

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Next week, we will have a meeting about People Like You. As the meeting leader, I will introduce myself as someone with personal experience because I have a child who is Like You. I will tell you a little of my background, including my involvement in a Major Organization that has stated its goal of removing People Like You from the population. Before the meeting, be sure to read the PowerPoint of my recent presentation, referring to People Like You as having a “multi-system disease.” The disease is the Like You-ness itself. You will also see here that one in fifty people are now Like You,…
  • Code Blue

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    How does it feel? You lit it up blue, didn’t you? I told you about Autism Speaks and how their primary goal is a world without people like me in it and how they have degraded and threatened and ignored and sued and plagiarized autistic people and how they thought nothing of saying we are not fully human, that our families are not really living, can never be happy, and we are the reason. I talked to you when I didn’t have the energy or resources to speak. I wrote to you when I had other plans and more constructive work to do. I answered your questions. I was reasonably polite, though I…
  • More about Freaks

    4 May 2012 | 8:49 am
    This is Part 2 of a series on my participation in CUNY's ESA Conferece 2012. Part 1 is here. My initial thought was to explore the meaning of “autism scholar.” What are the credentials? Does blogging count? Even if it does, I haven’t done a lot of that in a while. Do I deserve the label based on my degree or the publication of a single paper? And if so, who is being left out? What can be done to create an atmosphere of learning and shared knowledge that would expand the notion of scholarship beyond academia? What types of knowledge and learning are currently ignored or discounted? I…
  • BADD: Connecting dots

    1 May 2012 | 8:14 am
    Somebody calls autism a tragedy. Somebody kills an autistic person. Somebody doesn’t see how these two events are connected. I try to explain. I try harder. It happens again and again and again and somebody ‘splains it away.The topic here is devaluation. When it becomes commonplace to pair the words autism and tragedy, the pairing seeps deep down into the collective mind. When the puzzle piece becomes the recognized symbol for autism, the message comes over and over that there is something unfinished about the person. Something mysterious that the general public cannot be expected to…
  • Attention

    30 Apr 2012 | 10:59 am
    There’s an old Zen story: A student said to Master Ichu, “Please write for me something of great wisdom.” Master Ichu picked up his brush and wrote one word: “Attention.” The student said, “Is that all?” The master wrote, “Attention. Attention.” The student became irritable. “That doesn’t seem profound or subtle to me.” In response, Master Ichu wrote simply, “Attention. Attention. Attention.” In frustration, the student demanded, “What does this word attention mean?” Master Ichu replied, “Attention means attention.” -Beck, C.J. (1993). Nothing special:…
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  • Almost Alike: A Medical Cautionary Tale

    Mel Baggs
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Medical bracelet that says “Adrenal Insufficiency”. I’ve been thinking about medical stuff a lot lately, so apologies if my posts tend towards the medical for a little while.It’s what happens when you suddenly realize how lucky you are to be alive, and how close you came to death.My father’s cancer has me thinking about life and death and medical care a lot, too. In my dealings with doctors, I have found that they like the solutions to their problems to be neat and tidy.In particular, they want there to be one diagnosis that explains all the symptoms they’re observing.They…
  • Unfolding

    Mel Baggs
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Me with Fey sitting on my shoulder. Sometimes I want to unfold The beauty of the world As if it was the most intricate Origami flower That had ever seen the light of day Then I want to wait And wait Until the flower blooms for real Until its velvet black blossoms Tinged with purple edges Grow fuzz that you can run your hand over And I want to hand it to you And watch you rub the fuzz Against your cheek Against your lips Against your nose — The yellow-black stamens tickle And then fold the flower Back into paper And put it in my pocket For safekeeping I would make more of them And write…
  • Gastroparesis Awareness Month: A Day In The Life

    Mel Baggs
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    This is my second post for Gastroparesis Awareness Month.  Read my first post, Tube Love, here.  My first post was a love poem to my feeding tube.  :-)  My second one is a little more serious and a lot longer.  I apologize for the length.  I have trouble reading lengthy posts myself.  But sometimes I’m incapable of summarizing myself, so I have to write posts that are too long for even me to read.  I hope you’ll at least be able to skim through the important parts.  I’ve tried to break up the text with lots of photos, to see if that helps any. A DAY IN THE LIFE My…
  • Tube Love

    Mel Baggs
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Drawing of a gastrojejunostomy feeding tube, GJ tube for short. Tube Love Its name in medical-ese is a gastrojejunostomy tube Or a GJ tube for short I just call it The Tube Through nothing more than some tubes And a syringe And a feeding pump I give myself water I give myself food I give myself meds I give myself life Bypassing my paralyzed stomach I drain out the life-destroying bile That would otherwise suffocate me In pneumonia after pneumonia Until I eventually got unlucky and died There are no words for the feeling Of giving myself a big syringe of cold water On a hot day And feeling…
  • Can you see the gaps?

    Mel Baggs
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    In the voids inside my mind There’s an ocean, deep and dark At the bottom of the ocean There’s reflections of the stars If you can see the stars At the bottom, in the deep If you can see the rainbows That even the sun can’t reach If you can see me dancing Unaware of being watched If you can see the world Before a mind, before a thought If you see distant reflections Of reflections, of reflections And if you can see the deep, the dark The silence between worlds If you can see the void That stands in front of me If you can see how full it is And how empty it can be If you see what it’s…
 
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  • The Importance of Being A Role Model for Others

    theamazinj
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Many people need role models to be able help facilitate and empower their life. A role model we seek out, helps us build who we are by giving us the opportunity to reach for our proudest moments. There are many things we look for in a role model. A role model needs to be a responsible person who knows who they are, how they want to be represented, knows how to take care of their own needs, and knows how to get what they want. It’s important for a role model to be able to set and enforce their boundaries for themselves whether it is a verbal, non-verbal, or a physical boundary we set for…
  • Always Remember It’s Okay to Feel what we Feel as Individuality

    theamazinj
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Being who I am, I am easily swayed to think one way or the other. Organizations like Autism Speaks and the media know how to easily manipulate people to think their opinion is the right opinion. No opinion is wrong, but we need to be more intuitive as a World Wide theme. Are psychiatrists seeking a cure for autism? Many just say they are seeking to help the individuals live their life better. Helping is good, but no person or group of people can overtly talk against a certain culture to eradicate them. Society needs to give everyone their choice of living their life without suggesting or…
  • A Poem and a Challenge for you from Drive Mom Crazy Blog

    theamazinj
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Life bleeds, life burns, life scars, life rejoices, life reoccurs, life sulks, life smiles, life rises, life declines, but most importantly, life emerges from the distance as either a rising up to the sky or a rebirth and rejuvenation to live it all over again. Life cries with weeping tears, life misses other people, but life also brings the spirit to all of us to live our life. I know the passing of great people in our lives is saddest when we can’t seem to fathom why? Why them and not US? Why them and not I? Our mission is one and our mission is whole, our mission is guided, and our…
  • 5th Annual Autistic Artistic Carnival is UP!!!!

    theamazinj
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:24 pm
    As you watch and look at all the creative Autistic artists who submitted their talented works in the 5th Annual Autistic Artistic Carnival, I would like to thank all those people and groups that promoted the Carnival for me this year. Thank you to Landon Bryce at ThAutcast at his Facebook page, Thank you Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism and their Facebook page, Thank you to the Artists and Autism Facebook page, and Thank you to the many other individual people who promoted the Carnival for me including Renee Salas. If I missed anyone specifically please let me know and I will add you…
  • Struggles for Control and Supporting Individualities within Caring Communities

    theamazinj
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Everyone in society likes to be in control. Being in control of another person is not being a community. Everyone loves it because they feel they have power over others. This also creates entitlement, sadly. It means that people tend to love their ego over themselves that they lose sight of who they are. Ego controls not only the person, but can control others within the community as well. If a person loses control over others, they will do harmful things to society and/or themselves. The only control we should have is the control of ourselves while following the laws the community created.
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    Left Brain Right Brain

  • If this is what keeps a CDC researcher up at night, how would they ever keep a huge conspiracy going?

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:28 am
    Since these stories have attracted many people from outside the autism community, let me start with a few things I’d like you to know.  I am not a science blogger.  I am the parent of an autistic child.  One with multiple disabilities, including intellectual disability.  While I try to stay as objective as possible in my discussions, these topics are personal to me.  Frequent readers here will know that the inequities in identification and services in autism, especially between racial and ethnic groups, is something that concerns me and is something I have long advocated to…
  • Online discussions discussing the recent CDC data “reanalysis” story

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Educator/writer Liz Ditz often keeps a running summary of online discussions of trending topics. Below are some of her links. They are a few days old, but this gives you a starting place in case you wish to read multiple sources. Posts discussing Hooker’s allegations, excluding anti-vaccine sources . Timeline August 8, 2014: Hooker paper published online August 18, 2014: Focus Autism Press Release published online August 18, 2014: Andrew Wakefield’s Autism Media Channel Video Alleging a CDC Whistleblower published online August 22, 2014: Andrew Wakefield’s Autism Media…
  • Comment on: Expression of Concern: Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    It’s in a peer reviewed journal. We’ve heard that a lot about Mr. Hooker’s recent paper “Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data” What does “peer” review mean when the person who wrote the paper has shown himself to have a bit of a problem with the truth? Who is the peer for someone who acts as the “priest” to a man in order to record his statements and put edited versions of them on the web? I ask this because the editor of the journal Translational Neurodegeneration…
  • Alycia Halladay, PhD, Named Chief Science Officer of the Autism Science Foundation

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Below is a press release for the Autism Science Foundation. They are growing and have added a Chief Science Officer. Alycia Halladay, PhD, Named Chief Science Officer of the Autism Science Foundation August 25, 2014- New York, NY)– The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding autism research, today announced that Dr. Alycia Halladay will join the organization as Chief Science Officer. The announcement was made by Autism Science Foundation president Alison Singer. “Dr. Halladay is the perfect person to lead our growing science department” said…
  • Andrew Wakefield betrays another “whistleblower” with Brian Hooker helping

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Probably the biggest story in years for the groups claiming that vaccines cause autism was when last week vaccine antagonistic activists Andrew Wakefield and Brian Hooker announced that they were in contact with an “informant” at the CDC who guided them to do a re-analysis of an older dataset. Andrew Wakefield has a history of not respecting the responsibility that one has when speaking with a whistleblower, having first threatened then actually outed a whistleblower who trusted him. As the recent story has unfolded, I’ve been asked and I’ve told many people that in my…
 
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  • Our Journey Into Shared Living

    Susan Senator
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Here is an essay I wrote for our service provider’s newsletter, about Shared Living for Nat. Enjoy!
  • New Development for Disabled Housing Mortgages!

    Susan Senator
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Valuable home-purchasing information for anyone in the country with a developmental disability looking for a possible low percentage down mortgage. I received this information from Autism Housing Pathways’ Cathy Boyle. It may now be possible for parents to buy with very little down through Fannie Mae if the property is for a son or daughter with a developmental disability! How to get a 5% down mortgage from Fannie Mae if you are buying a property for a son or daughter with a developmental or physical disability: A parent (or parents) who is a natural person (i.e., not an LLC, or a…
  • Thinking About Autism Housing?

    Susan Senator
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Another great resource for Massachusetts autism adult housing: Housing 101 Workshops you can set up for your own organization. Autism Housing Pathways will bring their workshop to you! Autism Housing Pathways* has now developed “Thinking about housing” to be “Housing 101″ for families. This free 2 hour presentation introduces families to the range of public funds available to pay for housing and supportive services (including for those without DDS supports). Some examples are given of how these can be combined with private funds to create housing. The presentation also…
  • Massachusetts Families: Terrific Opportunity

    Susan Senator
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    If you are a  Massachusetts resident living with a developmental disability, or if you are a Massachusetts family with a loved one with this diagnosis, pay heed! Especially if you are unlikely to qualify for a Priority One from the Department of Developmental Services at age 22. Priority One is for the most severe cases. Priority One is residential funding — home and staff. Most people in the DDS system do not qualify. My favorite nonprofit in the entire world, Autism Housing Pathways has received a grant from the Mass. Developmental Disabilities Council. As part of the grant, Autism…
  • How Does He Know?

    Susan Senator
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Life is not a bowl of cherries, but you might be able to get a lot out of a bowl of strawberries. I’m sure you don’t know what I mean, but you will. I am a writer, a word person, and an idea person, so I am obsessed with the way people say things and know things. Also, I am a mother deeply connected to my sons; put it all together and I am fascinated with what they know and how they express it. They are all three young men by now and so I have the added challenge of trying to figure out what’s going on with them while not seeing them all the time. Most of the time I write…
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  • I see the picture you're not posting

    MOM-NOS
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Hey, you guys? I just want you to know, I get it. I get how hard it is at this time of year when your Facebook feed is full of the shining, happy faces of your friends' kids on the first day of school. I know how much it stings.  I know the pain, and then the guilt you feel that someone else's joy should cause you pain, and then the loneliness you feel because, it seems, nobody else really seems
  • 1 in 68

    MOM-NOS
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Depending on whom you ask, today is World Autism Awareness Day, World Autism Acceptance Day,  or Everyone Matters Day.  From my perspective, awareness, acceptance, and mattering are all vitally important, so I say bring 'em on. Last week, in the lead-up to these events and to the month of April, which is Autism Awareness Month, the CDC released the latest autism prevalence rates - now 1 in 68
  • Christmas, present

    MOM-NOS
    21 Dec 2013 | 12:37 pm
    I have a new piece up at The Huffington Post, called Zen and the Art of Alzheimer's.  As I said when I posted the link on the MOM-NOS Facebook page, I rarely know what to get my father for Christmas, but this year I hope I can give him the perfect present. Happy holidays, friends, from Bud and me.
  • This is autism

    MOM-NOS
    18 Nov 2013 | 4:29 pm
    There's a flashblog going on today on blogs across the autism blogosphere in response to the most recent press release from Autism Speaks' co-founder Suzanne Wright, in which she writes, "These families are not living. They are existing. Breathing – yes.  Eating – yes. Sleeping- maybe.  Working- most definitely - 24/7. This is autism.  Life is lived moment-to-moment.  In anticipation of the
  • Presume competence

    MOM-NOS
    6 Nov 2013 | 10:13 am
    There has been a bit of back-and-forth in the comment section of my last post.  The gist of it goes something like this: "Hey, look at this great thing Bud did." "Actually, that might just be a deficit masquerading as a strength." "Really, I gotta say, I think it's a strength." "Perhaps.  On the other hand, it could just be a well-developed deficit." I'm not going to volley back, because
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    Life With Joey

  • Big Changes

    Joeymom
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Good news: Joey's school is officially licensed! He is set to start and is in the transition camp now! Can I get a "woo-hoo"?Joey is going to Stafford Academy, and we are hoping for it to be as awesome, wonderful, supportive, and miraculous as he needs it to be. We have lost a lot of time, and there has been a lot of damage from leaving him in schools that just would not do what he needed them to do: provide an autism-specific classroom with trained autism professionals, and pull out to the mainstream classrooms as he was able to deal with those broader environments. They are doing it right…
  • The Wild Ride

    Joeymom
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    It's been a weird summer.Remember back once upon a time when we were going spend our summer in Baltimore getting Joey all this wonderful help and therapy at Kennedy Krieger? It sounded so awesome. 8-10 weeks, and they would help him. We'd get some of the damage from the anxiety and depression mitigated. We were scrambling to figure out how to pay for it, where to stay, how to make it work. We sent back paperwork and held our breath.We got the call back much later than we were expecting- mid-June, when we were under the impression from the doctor that he was keen for us to get started ASAP.
  • In Memoriam, Our Luna

    Joeymom
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Our Luna.April 13, 1997-August 4, 2014.We love you, Lunie Tunie.
  • Summer Days

    Joeymom
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
  • Who Knows Best

    Joeymom
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:10 pm
    "Hey Mom!" Andy shouts from the door, "can I go with M to the pool?" He already has his swim stuff on. They are headed to the big public pool. Having a friend around the corner is big excitement for Andy, and he is totally enjoying it. We are fabulously lucky. They are awesome people, and they love Joey, too. M's little sister T is particularly fond of Joey, because they seem to talk at the same wavelength, even though she is younger."Do you want to go to Big Pool with Andy and M?" I ask Joey, calculating how long it will take me to get into a suit myself, and what would need to be packed to…
 
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    I Speak of Dreams

  • #CDCwhistleblower Issues Statement

    Liz
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    This just in:  William W. Thompson Ph.D, Regarding the 2004 Article Examining the Possibility of A Relationship Between MMR Vaccine and Autism(click to enlarge; text below)     http://www.morganverkamp.com/ Source: http://www.morganverkamp.com/august-27-2014-press-release-statement-of-william-w-thompson-ph-d-regarding-the-2004-article-examining-the-possibility-of-a-relationship-between-mmr-vaccine-and-autism/ Public statement by William Thompson, Ph. D. The Autism Action Network received the following document today and we believe it to be a genuine statement from…
  • L'affaire CDC-MMR: Hooker, Wakefield, and Focus Autism Accuse African-American Senior CDC Researcher of Being A Race Traitor

    Liz
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Previously, I went over the broader issues around Brian Hooker's recent paper, mentioning Hooker and Wakefield's  accusations against  Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD in passing.  Now, I want to put those accusations right up front.  Dr. Yeargin-Allsop is a senior researcher at CDC and chief of the CDC's Developmental Disabilities branch.  She was one of the five authors on the 2004 Destefano paper and has continued to publish on autism issues, as well as other developmental disabilities.    Hooker's research was funded by the…
  • The CDC, the MMR Vaccine, and Allegations of Whistleblowing and Malfeasance: The Backstory

    Liz
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Update Monday August 25, 2014: CDC has issued a statement on the 2004 Destefano paper: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/Autism/cdc2004pediatrics.html Update Wednesday August 27, 2014, 11 am PDT: The Hooker paper has been "removed from the public domain" http://www.translationalneurodegeneration.com/content/3/1/16/abstract "CDC Whistleblower"on autism: for beginners. Back in 2004, a CDC epidemiology team published a paper, "Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: A population-based study in metropolitan…
  • #BlogHer14 Quick Recap: Friday Afternoon Keynote: Voices of the Year: A'Driane Nievess

    Liz
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    I was pretty much used up by the time the Voices of the Year part of the program came on, but A'Driane Nieves' essay, as she read it, rendered me speechless. Now you can hear and watch her too. Important today. Blogger, A'Driane Nieves, of Butterfly Confessions, reads her powerful piece, "America's Not Here for Us" at the BlogHer '14 Voices of the Year Community Keynote. Find more of her writing on her blog: http://butterfly-confessions.com/. America's Not Here for Us at Butterfly Confessions. America's Not Here for Us at BlogHer. But as a woman of color…
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    Adventures in Autism

  • My Op Ed in the Portland Press Herald on the Real Reasons for the Growing Vaccine Refusal

    Ginger Taylor
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    So in July, I was interviewd for an hour for an article on vaccine refusal in the Portland Press Herald.  I long story short, they did a hatchet job on me.  So I wrote an op ed response, and they actually printed it. Please visit and comment. "Maine Voices: Breakdown in accountability at heart of decline in vaccinationsOpposition to the current U.S. vaccination program is based on its failures, denial and bad law and policy.BY GINGER TAYLORBRUNSWICK — I was interviewed for an Aug. 9 front-page article by Joe Lawlor, titled “More Maine families are skipping or delaying childhood…
  • Invisible Threat: Ugh.

    Ginger Taylor
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    I've been gone for a long time doing Health Choice and media work... please forgive... blah blah blah...So tonight I was down in Portland for some business meetings, and after the first Scott and I walked two blocks to Starbucks for a coffee.  I was at the table when he brought my drink and dropped a piece of paper in front of me.  "Look what I found on their bulletin board."It was a flier for the new "hit" vaccine propaganda piece, "Invisible Threat."  (Since when to people who are in a film, review the film? Oh wait... HHS owns patents on the vaccines it licenses and…
  • I Refuse To Be Enlisted Into The "Mommy Wars"

    Ginger Taylor
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    So the attack on vaccine resistant parents in the media this "autism awareness month" has been nothing like any of us has ever seen before.  Even Paul Offit has taken a departure from his oh so laid back and wise doctor act to get nasty on us.  Pharma needs not only for parents to be ok with the current recommended schedule, but to be open to the open ended vaccine schedule that will include the 200 or so vaccines they have in their development pipeline.  They do not want to come to terms with the fact that their market has reached it saturation point and it is all downhill…
  • Annual Birthday Fundraiser

    Ginger Taylor
    30 Jan 2014 | 8:20 pm
    As today is my 29th... I mean 34th birthday, I will celebrate me by focusing on me. If my work has been of service to you this past year, I hope you will consider putting a little birthday gift in the tip jar.Thank you for being my community and my support.  
  • New Years To Do: Opt Out of Your State Vaccine Database

    Ginger Taylor
    29 Dec 2013 | 8:30 pm
    Today the Washington Post printed a story entitled, "2013 is the year that proved your ‘paranoid’ friend right."  So now that we are all on the same page that the US government is completely run amok, is all up in in everyone's business, and that those of us who trusted that it would look out for our own good (rather than the corporate $$$ interests of their donors or their own profit and power) were naive babies... and that none of the three branches give a crap that you don't like what they are doing... let's look forward to how to avoid the next thing that they are gonna do to…
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    Kim Stagliano

  • A Day at the Beach Weapons Style with Hanko Ryu Martial Arts

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    We trained in Twin Brooks Park on Saturday. The sand made for a tough workout but loads of fun. This is Traditional Okinawan kobudo. And you thought my only weapon was my tongue..... Join us at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts, in Trumbull CT to start training in Karate, Kickboxing and/or Kobudo. Osu!SaiNunchakuSai with the guys!Tonqua vs. BoSaiSai kataBlockingGedan (low) blockNunchaku, Tonquia, Bo, and Sai
  • Blueberries!

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
  • Momjas

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Training every week with Lisa and Maria at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts is a joy. Maria and I tested last month. Lisa tests soon for her next black belt kyu. Osu!
  • Karate Girl Street Fight: Why Women Should Train

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    This video shows actual technique we learn in the dojo in traditional Karate - in "bunkai" or application. It's choreographed, of course, but conveys the message that Karate is about self-defense and having an arsenal of ideas to fall back on in case of emergency.  Few of us will ever be in a street fight with 5 or more attackers. But any of us can face an attack coming out of the grocery store, the mall or even in our own homes. Get your daughters into a dojo. Join yourself. I was 47 when I first put on a gi.  You don't have to be fit or thin to start - you just have to have a…
  • Matayoshi Okinawan Weapons at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    31 May 2014 | 1:51 pm
    So fortunate to have had a weeklong seminar with Kyoshi Andrea Guarelli at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull, CT. We trained 5 and 6 hours a day and tested. Maria snd i are running away to Verona, Italy to train every day! Kyoshi Torri (owns Hanko Ryu), Lisa V., Jeremy A., Kyoshi Guarelli, James A., moi, Maria B.Bo staff kata. Sai kata.Watching. Absorbing.Kama kata. Tonkuwa kata.
 
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    Karianna

  • The Final Selfie with my Cat

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    This is my final selfie (or maybe an "us-ie") with my cat, Becca. I'm smiling because although I'm saying "goodbye," I'm also telling her exactly why she was such a kick-ass cat. I'm thanking her for over 16 years of love. I'm recognizing that she was uncharacteristically tender with me post spinal-surgery, knowing that I wasn't up to her usual exuberant jumps on my lap or shoulder. I whisper that she's been the best cat ever, because she was. She hated pretty much everyone, but she loved me.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Speak Up!

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When I go places with my parents, inevitably one of them has a complaint: whether a food order is slightly incorrect, or there is some sort of perceived safety issue in a venue. It isn't that they are negative people --they really aren't-- but rather that they want mistakes corrected. They speak up. I often cower a bit, OMG Dad don't... because I know it is impossible to be perfect. But, I also know I take things personally. Still, with the Golden Rule and all, I figure other people probably... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Suicide, Part II

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I wrote a bit about suicide the other day. But I realize I have more to say. Yes, I linked up my posts on two former classmates who have died via suicide. (Plus I remember now that the younger brother of one of my friends took his own life, too.) And I mentioned that a friend's father died. I love (in a tragic, heart-breakingly poetic-but-accurate aspect) the way she puts it: "[He] set his soul free from his body." Indeed, that is what suicide is: freedom from unmanageable, unbearable pain.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Goodbye Camp G! (But Hello Summer Quest!)

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    My email box is filled with school registration details for my two sons: one set from elementary school, one set from middle school. Amazingly, next year those both ramp up to middle school and high school, since both are in their final years of their respective schools. Everything is going so fast: it is amazing that summer is nearly gone. And next summer, neither of my boys will be eligible for Camp Galileo. I'm shocked at how quickly our time with Camp G passed. It has without a doubt... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Suicide

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Today I had lunch with a friend whose father died via suicide. Our conversation spanned other topics, but I didn't know that my thoughts would turn to suicide tonight. The last time I saw her --when we were both 17-- I didn't know much about suicide. But since then, I've seen it happen again and again. When I learned of Robin Williams' suicide this evening, my heart broke. I felt sick for the precious, talented, tormented actor and his family. I was still on a high from enjoying lunch when I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Stimeyland

  • Dipshit Friday: The Key Edition

    Stimey
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • The Bus Stop

    Stimey
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
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  • Post-School

    Stimey
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
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  • Pre-School

    Stimey
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:09 pm
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  • Running Strong

    Stimey
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
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    Square 8

  • People Like You

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Next week, we will have a meeting about People Like You. As the meeting leader, I will introduce myself as someone with personal experience because I have a child who is Like You. I will tell you a little of my background, including my involvement in a Major Organization that has stated its goal of removing People Like You from the population. Before the meeting, be sure to read the PowerPoint of my recent presentation, referring to People Like You as having a “multi-system disease.” The disease is the Like You-ness itself. You will also see here that one in fifty people are now Like You,…
  • Code Blue

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    How does it feel? You lit it up blue, didn’t you? I told you about Autism Speaks and how their primary goal is a world without people like me in it and how they have degraded and threatened and ignored and sued and plagiarized autistic people and how they thought nothing of saying we are not fully human, that our families are not really living, can never be happy, and we are the reason. I talked to you when I didn’t have the energy or resources to speak. I wrote to you when I had other plans and more constructive work to do. I answered your questions. I was reasonably polite, though I…
  • More about Freaks

    4 May 2012 | 8:49 am
    This is Part 2 of a series on my participation in CUNY's ESA Conferece 2012. Part 1 is here. My initial thought was to explore the meaning of “autism scholar.” What are the credentials? Does blogging count? Even if it does, I haven’t done a lot of that in a while. Do I deserve the label based on my degree or the publication of a single paper? And if so, who is being left out? What can be done to create an atmosphere of learning and shared knowledge that would expand the notion of scholarship beyond academia? What types of knowledge and learning are currently ignored or discounted? I…
  • BADD: Connecting dots

    1 May 2012 | 8:14 am
    Somebody calls autism a tragedy. Somebody kills an autistic person. Somebody doesn’t see how these two events are connected. I try to explain. I try harder. It happens again and again and again and somebody ‘splains it away.The topic here is devaluation. When it becomes commonplace to pair the words autism and tragedy, the pairing seeps deep down into the collective mind. When the puzzle piece becomes the recognized symbol for autism, the message comes over and over that there is something unfinished about the person. Something mysterious that the general public cannot be expected to…
  • Attention

    30 Apr 2012 | 10:59 am
    There’s an old Zen story: A student said to Master Ichu, “Please write for me something of great wisdom.” Master Ichu picked up his brush and wrote one word: “Attention.” The student said, “Is that all?” The master wrote, “Attention. Attention.” The student became irritable. “That doesn’t seem profound or subtle to me.” In response, Master Ichu wrote simply, “Attention. Attention. Attention.” In frustration, the student demanded, “What does this word attention mean?” Master Ichu replied, “Attention means attention.” -Beck, C.J. (1993). Nothing special:…
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    Facing Autism in New Brunswick

  • NB Adult Autism Residential Care Facility Needed: "It Is More Than Overdue" "When Will They Ever Learn?"

    H L Doherty
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    My 18 year old severely autistic son Conor waits for his slow poke Dad while we were out on a trail walk (Fredericton North Riverfront Trail). NB has known for 11 years (at least) that an adult autism residential care and treatment facility is badly needed.  We are still waiting. On June 18, 2014 I posted on Facing Autism in New Brunswick and on my Facebook page a letter I  sent to NB's political party leaders in which I commented on the long overdue need for an adult autism care facility in NB that could provide care for the most severely autistic and expertise to…
  • Will Adult Autism Care Issues Be Considered During #nbvotes 2014?

    H L Doherty
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    New Brunswick election 2014 is underway with the NDP, Liberal, Green and PANB parties going all out to replace the PC party.  Party signs are proliferating around the city of Fredericton. The Liberal Party kicked off big time in Fredericton with special guest federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and provincial leader Brian Gallant. It was a lively, well organized event and the optimism was clear. I enjoyed my brief chat with the charming greeting ladies pictured outside the Fredericton Ex building. In a general sense I enjoy elections, I firmly believe, despite the many legitimate bases…
  • More Science in Support of ABA Effectiveness for Autistic Children

    H L Doherty
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    The US Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Review Therapies for Children  With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral Interventions Update has found a dramatic increase  in the scientific evidence backing the effectiveness of intensive behavioral therapy for children affected by autism. The report some 519 pages in length has been reviewed on the Autism Speaks Science Digest site: "We are finding more solid evidence, based on higher quality studies, that these early intensive behavioral interventions can be effective for young children on the autism spectrum, especially…
  • UPDATE: Globe and Mail Health Columnist André Picard Abandons Evidence Based Autism Treatment Principle, Embraces SON-RISE PROGRAM®

    H L Doherty
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    André Picard is a Globe and Mail public health reporter with the Glboe and Mail which is promoting the Son-Rise Program®, a purported autism program with almost no evidence based support of its effectiveness, a program which is not even mentioned in the recent CMAJ (2014) article or the (2007) AAP (reaffirmed 2010) autism reports reviewing the evidence, or lack thereof in support of various autism treatments.  The 2000 MADSEC (Maine) review did expressly assess Son-Rise Program® as described in my initial commentary on this somewhat startling embrace by the Globe and Mail of a weak to…
  • Time To Divide The Heterogeneous DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder and Free the Invisible, Severely Autistic From Oppression

    H L Doherty
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Associated Morbidity and Mortality Health care utilization and costs are substantially higher for children and adolescents with ASDs compared with children without ASDs,89–91 and available data suggest that mortality is increased as well (standardized mortality ratio: 2.4–2.6).92,93 The increased mortality in ASDs is thought to be largely, but not completely, accounted for by the increased mortality associated with mental retardation and epilepsy. The above information from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders,  autism policy…
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    Countering...

  • Two decades in: What autism means in our house

    K Wombles
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    This is Bobby, our oldest, wearing our cat Hammy, as you do, naturally. In December Bobby will turn 25. A quarter of a century old. 1/4 of his way to 100, although fractions are not his strong suit, so he probably, almost certainly, wouldn't be able to describe it in those terms to you.Bobby is autistic and intellectually disabled. That's what the government, both local and national, focuses on. His impairments. His not-able to's. Every year I fill out guardianship papers and SSI paperwork to show how Rick and I have cared for Bobby, how we have managed his time, made sure he socializes and…
  • Drama-free, or nearly so

    K Wombles
    2 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    It's been interesting, this summer, and it's flown by. Two weeks left and back to work I go. I took the summer off from teaching, but was lucky enough to watch the sweetest baby this summer, and the change she's brought has been a godsend. I've been moping a bit the last year or so over the lack of grand babies and the probability that I won't have them unless the girls change their minds some day.Let me tell you that holding a baby and loving on her for hours several days a week is absolutely absorbing and joyous. Moping gone. She has been a wonder at keeping me busy while still leaving time…
  • A Family Tradition

    K Wombles
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Each summer, the kids and I eagerly await the yearly library book sale. We go at least two of the four days, and we spend hours jockeying for position and searching for goodies. And then we come home and lay the books out on the floor and take stock of our booty. This year, we weren't able to lay the goodies out on the floor--six cats and four dogs plus the rearrangement of our living room made that task unwise at best. This is the first year I didn't tally the number of books we got (although we did count the manga Bobby scooped up: 33) and we didn't go back on Sunday for the $6 bag…
  • If only relationships came with a Lego manual...

    K Wombles
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:01 pm
    We've all felt betrayed at some point--been the butt of someone's joke, found out that so-called friends were talking about us behind our back. Middle school and junior high--that was standard operating procedure. But most of us leave our childhood and childish behavior behind. We take with us the scars and the hang-ups, and as adults, we still find ourselves in situations where we feel like we're right back there, and the scars rip open.It's no fun to go through. I'm not sure if it's fun on the other side, to be the one snickering, the one twisting the knife, or if most the time it's…
  • Rhythm and Order

    K Wombles
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:18 pm
    We have been exclusively homeschooling the girls for a full year now--we work through the summer, as well, given that we all have a need for rhythm and order, as well as a love of learning that takes no breaks.Much like I did with the boy, we learn while cuddled on the couch, sitting on the floor, or lying in bed watching documentaries or reading in splendid relaxation--whatever works for them. It's been a good year for them. They have pursued their interests at their pace, worked together, and shared with Bobby, who's been there to assist with material needs. They've been a team,…
 
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • Pick of the Week: Audible Time Timers – For Smooth Transitions Back to School

    Different Roads to Learning
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Transitions back to school can be difficult after a summer of changed routines. When it’s time to go back to school and reset day-to-day routines, a visual timer can make all the difference in timekeeping and easing the stress of structuring activities for your child or student. This week only, we’re taking 15%* off your order of the 3-inch, 8-inch, and 12-inch Audible Time Timers to help you help your learner with their transitions. Just enter promo code TIMETIMER at checkout to redeem your savings! Recommended by Autism and ADHD experts, the Time Timer is entirely intuitive to…
  • Guest Article: “Seamless Separation: Transitioning to School” by Bridge Kids of New York

    Different Roads to Learning
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    As our kids and students prepare to go back to school, we thought it was the perfect time to share this wonderful guest post on transitioning into a new school or classroom, submitted to us by Bridge Kids of New York. Read on below for exclusive tips on how to best help you and your child have a smooth transition back to school. _________________________________ Seamless Separation: Transitioning to School by Bridge Kids of New York, LLC When your young child enters into a school or daycare setting for the first time, the transition can be challenging for both you and your child!  This may…
  • Pick of the Week: EasyDaysies Magnetic Schedule Plus Add-On Kits—Get off on the right start for school!

    Different Roads to Learning
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    Help your child structure their daily routines to get off on the right start for school with the EasyDaysies Magnetic Schedule. Teach independence, responsibility, self-discipline, and sight-word recognition with this handy magnetic chart. And you can save 15%* on your order of the EasyDaysies Magnetic Schedule, along with its three add-on kits: Chores & Special Times, Family & Extracurricular Activities, and Get Dressed & Bathroom Routines, when you enter promo code EASYDAYS at check-out online. The EasyDaysies Magnetic Schedule comes with 18 magnets covering everyday activities…
  • ASD Brains Show Decrease in Neuronal Autophagy, Underlying Oversensitivity and Deficits in Social Interaction

    Different Roads to Learning
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    SOURCE: New York Times article by Pam Belluck A recent study led by David Sulzer at Columbia University Medical Center showed that in children and adolescents with autism, brain tissue within the temporal lobe exhibit a decrease in neuronal autophagy (the brain’s process of clearing out old and degraded cells), which underlies oversensitivity and deficits in social interaction. NY Times: Guomei Tang, PhD and Mark S. Sonders, PhD/Columbia University Medical Center In early development, synapses—connections that allow neurons to communicate with each other—allows for infants to…
  • Tip of the Week: 6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Home ABA Program

    Different Roads to Learning
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    While an ABA professional should be coming in to organize and run your ABA program, as a parent or guardian, there are some simple things you can do to make the time your child spends in a home session more effective. Several tips are here, but it may be unrealistic for you to follow ALL of these tips. Consider your home environment and family’s needs, then implement the tips that are the most feasible for your situation. Following even one of these tips can make a big difference in your child’s sessions! 1)    Make sure all ABA materials are accessible. It’s important to have a…
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    Asperger's Diary

  • Catastrophic Encounters and Autistic Identity

    Lynne Soraya
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    How do you react, as a parent, when you have a child who faces judgement and danger, because of his or her racial and neurological differences? Here is one mother's perspective from activist, advocate, writer, and researcher Kerima Çevik. read more
  • It’s Not Mayberry

    Lynne Soraya
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Years ago, when I was just out on my own, I had an experience that has deeply shaped how I view events like those in Ferguson, Missouri these past weeks. One which taught me a lot about how biases can shape perception, and how those perceptions can have devastating consequences in law enforcement.read more
  • Disability and the Sharing Economy

    Lynne Soraya
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    I admit, I’ve developed a fascination with what some have called “collaborative consumption,” exemplified in sites like Airbnb, Uber, and Taskrabbit. I see real possibilities in these technologies to make my life easier — but there are aspects of it that trouble me. read more
  • Barriers to Effective Medical Care for Autistic Adults

    Lynne Soraya
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    A recent visit to the hospital underlined for me the challenges of getting medical care when you're on the autism spectrum. read more
  • Discussing Evil: The Problem of “Us” and “Them”

    Lynne Soraya
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:46 pm
    "There's a pattern that has existed in my life for as long as I can remember. Not only do I do it, many other people that I know do it as well. I learn about some type of problem—a robbery, a shooting, a murder...I close my eyes for a moment, and then I brace myself as I await more information. And all the while one thought/prayer/chant/fear is running through my head..."read more
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • The Lego Movie

    Devon Alley
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    It hasn't always been easy to get A. to watch new movies. Even now, she still doesn't like going to the theater, and whenever anyone makes a suggestion of a movie for her to watch, she'll still watch several scenes from the film on YouTube before she...(read more)
  • You'll Always Be My Little Girl

    Devon Alley
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    I know it sounds crazy, but before K. was born, I was actually a little worried about the love I would have for both of my daughters. When A. was first born, I was absolutely overwhelmed by just how much I loved her I could have never imagined I would...(read more)
  • Underwhelmed by Theatre Camp

    Devon Alley
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Last summer, I enrolled A. in an acting class at a local community college, and she absolutely had a blast. In fact, I would even hypothesize that the experience was part of the reason she became so interested in acting during the 8th grade, which of...(read more)
  • The Trouble with the Zombie Apocalypse

    Devon Alley
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    My mother made a very accurate observation about A. recently. She said, if we ever did have the misfortune of experiencing a zombie apocalypse, A. would have a very very difficult time. I'm certain it goes without saying that everyone would have a very...(read more)
  • Steampunk Explorations

    Devon Alley
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    A couple of weeks before her little sister was born, we decided to take A. to a Steampunk Carnivale that was in town. We'd never been to one before, but the event was organized to exhibit art, gadgets, and games related to Steampunk culture, and there...(read more)
 
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    The Autism News

  • Enfant autiste : comment se construit le lien mère-enfant?

    The Autism News
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    By NotreFamille.com (YouTube) Comment reconnaître l’autisme chez l’enfant ? Chloé Rondeau, psychologue clinicienne, vous explique tout ! Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO3RtUnnLWU
  • Autisme: un excès de connexions nerveuses potentiellement traitable

    The Autism News
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    By LaPresse.ca L‘autisme résulterait d’un excès de synapses, les connexions nerveuses dans le cerveau, selon une recherche qui pourrait déboucher sur un traitement de ce syndrome complexe dont les causes restent mystérieuses. Cette surabondance de ces branchements entre les neurones résulte d’un mauvais fonctionnement du mécanisme d’élimination des synapses inutiles. Des chercheurs de l’Université de Columbia à New York sont parvenus à rétablir ce mécanisme cérébral «d’élagage des synapses» chez des souris modifiées génétiquement pour…
  • Rentrée des classes : le petit Nils, autiste, toujours dans l’attente

    The Autism News
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    By France Bleu Nils, 12 ans, est un petit garçon autiste scolarisé à Octeville. Ce mardi, à l’heure de la rentrée des classes, il ne sait toujours pas dans quelles conditions il pourra aller à l’école. Nils, 12 ans, a fait sa scolarité comme les autres jusque là à Octeville, dans la Manche. Il a été aidé par un auxiliaire de vie scolaire (AVS) chargé de l’accompagner plus particulièrement dans ses apprentissages. Hier (lundi), les parents de Nils manifestaient leur inquiétude pour la rentrée de leur fils. Aucun AVS ne semblait disponible pour celui-ci. Read…
  • SALUD HOY Ayudar a diferentes tipos de mentes para tener éxito. Mi Experiencia con el autismo

    The Autism News
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
    By SaludHoycanalonce (YouTube) Nueva temporada Salud Hoy Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkgFBUaseLo
  • Un joven autista se queda paralítico al caer de un puente para huir de sus acosadores

    The Autism News
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    By telecinco.es Joshua Davies de 18 años era víctima del acoso de sus compañeros de estudio Cayó desde una altura de 15 metros y se fracturó la columna vertebral El joven Joshua Davies, de 18 años, de Pontypridd, en Gales del Sur, nunca volverá a caminar después de caer de un puente cuando era perseguido por varios compañeros acosadores. El adolescente, que sufre un tipo de síndrome de Asperger, se rompió la columna vertebral en varios lugares al caer desde una altura de 15 metros, según explicó su familia. La familia de Joshua Davies ha explicado que ha contactado otras 15 veces…
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    We Go With Him

  • πάθει μάθος

    Kristina Chew
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    πάθει μάθος "in suffering there is learning" -- Chorus, Agamemnon, Aeschylus
  • The Day After 8.8.14

    Kristina Chew
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Jim and Charlie are walking to the psychiatrist's office in the photo on a street that reminds me of why I love Berkeley so much....
  • Double Visits (Psychiatrist, County Fair)

    Kristina Chew
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Jim and I met twice last week, on successive days, with a psychiatrist in Berkeley for Charlie. We needed two sessions to talk about Charlie....
  • A+ Effort

    Kristina Chew
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    My family's preferred spectator sport is (American) football (for teams on the East Bay -- silver & black attack and, most of all, Cal Berkeley)...
  • A Different (and Very Excellent) Way to Spend a Saturday Afternoon

    Kristina Chew
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I was fortunate to be a speaker at the BlogHer 2014 Special Needs Mini-Con session on Saturday afternoon with Shannon and Jen at the San...
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    Autism from a Father's Point of View

  • This is the scariest part about the CDC Whistleblower story by far

    Stuart Duncan
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    CDC As I watched the news unfold on August 22, 2014 about a CDC “whistle blower” coming forth to speak out about the CDC concealing results from the general public about any potential links between autism and the MMR vaccine, I couldn’t help but notice some very disturbing trends. Panic – This is pretty normal. Having been in the autism community for a few years now, I see this every single time anyone says the “V” word. But this time it was on an unprecedented scale the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1998. Confusion – People throw…
  • The reason most people can’t become activists

    Stuart Duncan
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    When I started my blog over 4  years ago, I was encouraged and even praised for saying the things that people could relate and agree with. It was encouraging and spurred me on to post more.  But it wasn’t long before little dark spots began to seep through the light. More and more people would hate me, for no apparent reason. They’d argue with me about one topic while I was talking about a whole other topic and be totally confused as to how there ever came to be an argument. Over the last year especially, I feel like a boxer in the ring, never getting a timeout in between…
  • A wish for his autistic brother

    Stuart Duncan
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Tyler I would like to introduce you to Tyler. He is currently 6 years old and is as smart as he is adorable. He has an amazing sense of humour and is very clever. He’s also very clumsy, often spilling stuff but feels terrible about it and is quick to clean up and make it right with a warm hug. Recently, a woman asked little Tyler what he would ask for if he had 3 wishes. Now, you would expect that little boys would want all the candy in the world, or all the toys they could dream of or unlimited video game time. That’s what we want for children to wish for, right? That’s the…
  • I refuse to be your saint

    Stuart Duncan
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    When I started writing about autism, I came under heavy criticism with each word I wrote from everyone and everywhere. I had to make sure that each word was the right word, each opinion was as least offensive as possible, that each fact was verifiable and that anything I could say about me or my situation was in no way inferred to mean that it’s how it is for anyone else. Since starting my Minecraft server for children with autism (Autcraft), all that changed. Now, I can’t just preface the things I say, I can’t just claim things as my own thoughts, I can’t just choose…
  • 10 things I’ve learned from running a Minecraft server for children with autism

    Stuart Duncan
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:19 am
    It wasn’t that long ago that I registered a domain name, opened up a shiny new Facebook page and Twitter account and announced to the world that I had started a Minecraft server just for children with autism and their families. Now, one year later, I can honestly say that I’ve changed a lot. I’ve changed because I’ve learned a lot. Some of it good, some of it not so much. This is what I’ve learned in 1 year of running a Minecraft server for children with autism. 1. Bullying is far worse than anyone realizes In one year, Autcraft‘s list of approved players…
 
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  • How to help your child with autism get a good night’s sleep

    Connie Howse
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    According to WebMD, significant sleep problems occur in 40 – 80% of children with autism spectrum disorder. If you are a parent reading this right now, you are probably a card-carrying member of the sleep-deprived-parents-of-an-autistic-child club. Guess what? I am a long-time member, too. I fulfilled my qualifications for a lifetime as a member of...    Read More...
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  • Fuzzy People

    mud
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Dealing with difficult interpersonal situations are a blessing and a curse. I find them a blessing because they challenge me. I often need to learn as I go with people. At this point in my life I’ve accrued depth of information about how people work and act but every day they surprise me. Humans are […] The post Fuzzy People appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • No Gray Allowed

    mud
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Black and White The world is filled with moments. Each moment leads to the next and each one is a swirl of ambiguity. There is no such thing as a black and white situation in reality. Although you can ignore certain criteria to a point where the choice becomes 50/50 in which it truly is […] The post No Gray Allowed appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • Life might get interesting…in 3-4 months

    mud
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Two weeks ago I was feeling brave. I decided to apply for a bunch of jobs with cruise companies. I had thought about it before and it was an entertaining fantasy more than anything. The idea was very appealing of cruising around the world, meeting new people at each port, working with smelting pot of […] The post Life might get interesting…in 3-4 months appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • One mistake after the next…

    mud
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I’m growing tired of my lack of social awareness. It’s so exhausting to try and keep an eye on the right things. I went for a few drinks last night with some people from work. After having a four beers in the pub, three of us went to meet a friend and to get some […] The post One mistake after the next… appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • Aspergers & Me

    mud
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Welcome to my Cartesian Theatre. It’s just a blog where I can talk with relative anonymity about my perspective on life. I have Aspergers and I realized it would be nice to have a place to talk about my life, let off steam and just give my two cents on what being a person with […] The post Aspergers & Me appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
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