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  • A tool enhances social inclusion for people with autism

    Autism News From Medical News Today
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The University of Alicante has developed, together with centres in the UK, Spain and Bulgaria, a tool designed to assist people with autism spectrum disorders by adapting written documents into a...
  • Dr. Paul Wang Has Turned Autism Speaks into the CDC's Lapdog

    AGE OF AUTISM
    Age of Autism
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    By Katie Wright I love the movie, “Radio Days.” It’s a comedy loosely based on Woody Allen’s close-knit Jewish family living in Brooklyn in the 1940s. There is a great scene in which Woody Allen’s family, who are mildly observant...
  • Gene duplications associated with autism evolved recently in human history

    Autism News -- ScienceDaily
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Human geneticists have discovered that a region of the genome associated with autism contains genetic variation that evolved in the last 250,000 years, after the divergence of humans from ancient hominids, and likely plays an important role in disease.
  • September is “Toxic Celebrity Endorsement Awareness Month” at State Farm Insurance!

    Autism News Beat
    autblog
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The small but noisy minority of people who still believe that vaccines cause autism can’t catch a break. First they lost on the science. They’ve been laughed out of the courts. Most news media have caught on. And now corporate America realizes how toxic this movement has become. Take the recent example of Rob Schneider, a D-list actor and 90s SNL cast member, who recently landed a sweet endorsement gig with State Farm Insurance. Well, not anymore. Schneider is also an outspoken anti-vaccine zealot, and was dropped by the insurance giant only days following a social media campaign…
  • People Like Me

    Square 8
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    I’m autistic. I don’t know whether or not I am invited to something unless you tell me I’m invited. In this case, I asked for an invitation and didn’t receive it. I didn’t receive a reply at all to the comments I sent regarding the meeting about People Like Me. So I didn’t know where the meeting was or what time, only the day. But here is the group, right here in the conference room where I work. When I walked by, someone said, “There she is.” I have excellent hearing. I am autistic.The people in the meeting are not autistic. They are the experts on autism. I am sitting here…
 
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    AGE OF AUTISM

  • Dr. Paul Wang Has Turned Autism Speaks into the CDC's Lapdog

    Age of Autism
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    By Katie Wright I love the movie, “Radio Days.” It’s a comedy loosely based on Woody Allen’s close-knit Jewish family living in Brooklyn in the 1940s. There is a great scene in which Woody Allen’s family, who are mildly observant...
  • Will Tyrants and Kings Test the Ebola Vaccine?

    Age of Autism
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    I'm a Bruce Springsteen fan. After 9/11, his album "The Rising" took on many of the political challenges of the day - including personal responsibility from those who demanded sacrifice from others. The song was called "The Last to Die,...
  • No Greater Joy

    Age of Autism
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    By Cathy Jameson I met a young woman at a car dealership just about two years ago. I was there to get an oil change. She and her family were car shopping. Sitting in the child play area with two...
  • Weekly Wrap: Epidemics, Fast and Slow

    Age of Autism
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    By Dan Olmsted We knew this was coming: “Imagine cities, countries, and entire continents ravaged by Ebola-like outbreaks, with millions dying in the streets from crippling, incurable, and fatal diseases,” someone named Eliyahu Federman writes over at Fox News. “That...
  • Dachel Media Update: Bought: The Movie

    Age of Autism
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    By Anne Dachel Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. Oct 17, 2014, Extinction Protocol: Ebola epidemic may not end without developing...
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  • Gene duplications associated with autism evolved recently in human history

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Human geneticists have discovered that a region of the genome associated with autism contains genetic variation that evolved in the last 250,000 years, after the divergence of humans from ancient hominids, and likely plays an important role in disease.
  • Researcher adds to evidence linking autism to air pollutants

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Pollution's impact on autism rates in North Carolina is similar to results of previous pollution autism studies in California, a new study reports. This report is has added to a growing body of evidence that links autism to air pollutants such as those generated by cars and trucks.
  • Tool enhances social inclusion for people with autism

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    A tool designed to assist people with autism spectrum disorders has been developed. It works by adapting written documents into a format that is easier for them to read and understand, researchers report.
  • Gene variants implicated in ADHD identify attention, language

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Are deficits in attention limited to those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or is there a spectrum of attention function in the general population? The answer to this question has implications for psychiatric diagnoses and perhaps for society, broadly. New work suggests that there is a spectrum of attention, hyperactivity/impulsiveness and language function in society, with varying degrees of these impairments associated with clusters of genes linked with the risk for ADHD.
  • Testing parents' patience, while treating kids' problem behavior

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Researchers are studying delay discounting as it applies to parents' decision-making, when it comes to engaging in treatment for their children's problem behavior.
 
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    Autism News Beat

  • September is “Toxic Celebrity Endorsement Awareness Month” at State Farm Insurance!

    autblog
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The small but noisy minority of people who still believe that vaccines cause autism can’t catch a break. First they lost on the science. They’ve been laughed out of the courts. Most news media have caught on. And now corporate America realizes how toxic this movement has become. Take the recent example of Rob Schneider, a D-list actor and 90s SNL cast member, who recently landed a sweet endorsement gig with State Farm Insurance. Well, not anymore. Schneider is also an outspoken anti-vaccine zealot, and was dropped by the insurance giant only days following a social media campaign…
  • Live blogging the autism hearing

    autblog
    20 May 2014 | 6:13 am
    8:07 am – They dropped the epidemic reference. The hearing is now called “Examining the federal response to autism spectrum disorders.” Rep. John Mica (R-FL) is the chair, instead of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Arson). The purpose of the hearing is to examine federal spending on autism related research and services. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) plugs the Affordable Care Act – “Autism is no longer treated as a pre-existing condition.”  He’s recapping the history and purpose of the IACC. Rep. Bill Posey, R-FL, gives a shout out to SAFE MINDS, the…
  • Chili’s cancels benefit for anti-vaccine group

    autblog
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
      A spokesperson for Chili’s Grill and Bar announced Sunday that Monday’s Give Back Event which would have benefited an anti-vaccine group has been cancelled. Below is the statement from Brinker International, the restaurant’s parent corporation. Statement from Chili’s Grill & Bar “Chili’s Grill & Bar 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…
  • Chilis Grill and Bar serving vaccine rejectionism

    autblog
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Chilis Grill and Bar, which operates over 1200 restaurants, refuses to explain its plan to donate 10% of its sales on April 7 to the National Autism Association,  a well-known anti-vaccine advocacy group. “Right now we are coming up with what we are going to say about it,” a corporate spokesperson told AutismNewsBeat. She promised to call back when information becomes available. The chain is owned by Brinker International, which also operates Maggiano Little Italy. Revenue for 2012 was reportedly $2.8 billion. Chili’s, a Texas corporation, has been operating restaurants for 37…
  • CDC reports 1:68 prevalence forautism spectrum disorders

    autblog
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000 eight year olds) being identified with an autism spectrum disorder.  The number of children identified with ASD ranged from 1 in 175 children in Alabama to 1 in 45 children in New Jersey. This is the sixth survey reported from the CDC’s Autism and…
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  • People Like Me

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    I’m autistic. I don’t know whether or not I am invited to something unless you tell me I’m invited. In this case, I asked for an invitation and didn’t receive it. I didn’t receive a reply at all to the comments I sent regarding the meeting about People Like Me. So I didn’t know where the meeting was or what time, only the day. But here is the group, right here in the conference room where I work. When I walked by, someone said, “There she is.” I have excellent hearing. I am autistic.The people in the meeting are not autistic. They are the experts on autism. I am sitting here…
  • 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…
 
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  • Autistic catatonia + adrenal insufficiency and/or myasthenia gravis.

    Mel Baggs
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    So as far as I know I’ve been/had: Autistic since birth, probably since before birth, knowing the current science and the repetitive movements my mom felt inside her. But definitely atypical stuff from day one, which are all small things high when added up in retrospect amount to autism. Diagnosed age 14, again ages 18-19. Autistic catatonia starting around age 12, diagnosed when the first major paper on it came out while I was 19. (Diagnosed by the same shrink who’d known me since I was 14.) Neuromuscular junction disorder, probably myasthenia gravis or hereditary myasthenia,…
  • Deliberately stressing me out is, at this point, assault.

    Mel Baggs
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    That’s how I see it anyway.  I don’t mean disagreeing with me.  Anyone who wants to disagree with me can disagree with me as much as they want to.  I’m talking about personal attacks, and you people know who you are by now. I have severe adrenal insufficiency.  For those who don’t know what that means, it means that my body is not making cortisol.  I have to replace all of my cortisol with a steroid called dexamethasone, and I will be on dexamethasone for the rest of my life. Cortisol is one of the hormones that is called a stress hormone, meaning it gets used…
  • Lock and Key

    Mel Baggs
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    If I could hand you just one thing It would be a Mason jar Filled with mud Collected at twilight On a rainy day From the ground Underneath a nurse log In a redwood forest In San Mateo County If I possessed this Mason jar It would be my most prized possession I would sleep curled around it Every night, all night long I would keep it always Closed up tight as it could close And I would hand it to you So that you could see all my secrets Because only a trustworthy person Would be able to find my deepest And most beautiful secrets In an old Mason jar full of mud Anyone not fit to find them Would…
  • 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…
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    The art of Being Asperger Woman

  • 25 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Well, I am still alive. Been busy. Getting older and that means different questions about life. Over all I am doing OK. Ahead of several important choices. Life is a crosspoint at this time. Asperger still is a thing I have a love/hate relation with. My book wants to be written, one can best listen to one's inner voice. So, I keep on writing. Take care.
  • 13 Aug 2013 | 6:14 am

    13 Aug 2013 | 6:14 am
    Hello there, It has been a while. Been busy with lots of things. I have done quit some things for the first time. Most of them turned out to go well. That is great and encourages me to explore new horizons. Still thinking about the design of this blog. Recently started writing again. The writing process is fascinating, but one must get routine, and most important, create time and a good place to write. That's all for now. Take care. Be back soon hopefully. A.Bird.
  • 1 Feb 2013 | 7:51 am

    1 Feb 2013 | 7:51 am
    January has brought me lots of happy hours walking in the cold outside, watching the birds to fly over. Been busy finding new voluntary work, and it seems I had success. In a cultural setting nearby my new home town. I write a lot now. That is good. When I write, I feel like I run like Rudisha or Pistorius. My thoughts are with the Steenkamp and Pistorius. What a tragedy! my life ars of my life. And in the middle of those years Asperger's came upon my way. The sun just came back. Wohoo! Go back editing my writing now take care
  • 29 Jan 2013 | 12:57 am

    29 Jan 2013 | 12:57 am
    I know some links in the header of this blog do not work properly. I hope this will be fixed soon.
  • Heaven and Stars

    14 Jan 2013 | 12:40 pm
    Luckily, I have not been affected by the flue (so far...). I had a few quiet days. The discovery that my new sofa is a perfect spot for a nice nap after a long walk in the cold outside, is a good one. Last weekend I watched 'Stargazing' on the BBC tv. What a great show. Science and Stars: once again I realised how relaxing figures are. Now I look upon the skies above before dreaming about heaven. It has been busy day, need to recover from some heavy sensory overloading issues. The best thing to do now, is to cuddle up in bed. Goodnight everyone.
 
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    Reports from a Resident Alien

  • This Cool Thing My Cat Did

    Lisa D.
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    So today I'm walking down a hallway, shoes on and intent to getting to the door because, darn it, if I don't go shopping today I'll have to go a sixth day without a shower curtain. And Tiny, all twelve pounds of inquisitive nannyish boy-cat, comes down the hallway the other way. It's a narrow hallway because the apartment's small and there's a vacuum cleaner on one side of it, so we can't pass by each other comfortably.Tiny looks at me, looks at my big clunky shoes (which he hates me wearing, since they make me clumsy and noisy), and stops right where he is.
  • So she sent the cops after me...

    Lisa D.
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Today at around two in the afternoon I was sleeping peacefully in bed, as my wonky circadian rhythm demanded. My alarm radio was going off and had been for about a half hour. I heard a knock at the door. It was the police, doing a welfare check. Apparently, my mother had called them and demanded that they check on me and get me to call her.The officer himself was decent about it, and I was well-rested and my communication was pretty good--no nightmarish police encounter here, thank God. I was asked what my diagnosis was (autism and depression), whether I had enough food (yes) and how I would…
  • Adult regression

    Lisa D.
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I'm not coping nearly as well as I used to in the past.I recently dropped my classes, so I'm not in school anymore, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. I haven't been able to get anywhere or do much of anything useful.I used to be able to go shopping when I needed to, and it was difficult but I managed it. Now, I'm putting it off and putting it off until there's nothing in the house to eat. I used to be able to clean the house... now it's getting steadily dirtier and dirtier. I thought I'd mastered keeping myself clean--ditto; I'm lucky if I take a…
  • Love

    Lisa D.
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Someone at Wrong Planet recently posed the question, "What is love?" Here's my answer.Love is having among your top priorities the well-being and happiness of another living creature. It means that their happiness brings you satisfaction and that you act in ways that benefit them, and that even when you don't feel emotionally connected, you still persist in making decisions with their interests in mind.I've thought about it some, and I think that by this definition it is actually possible to love people who never do anything but annoy you--or people you have never even…
  • What could an autism rights movement give us that we don't have now?

    Lisa D.
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    What could an autism rights movement give us that we don't have now?Jobs. We're unemployed at a rate that's high even for people with disabilities, and many of the unemployed are perfectly capable of working. Many of the ones who are working, do so at sheltered workshops often earning less than a dollar an hour.Equal protection from harm. We're several times more likely to become crime victims, and among the people who victimize us the most are the caretakers and family members who are supposed to protect us. We are the victims of sexual abuse, rape, and murder at much higher…
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  • Know your Voice, Know your Identities, Know your supports, and Live a Self-Determined Life

    theamazinj
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    An Open Letter to the many primary and secondary educators as well as the many professionals who try to create tokens to Autistic and other Disabled people who they don’t give proper education to own their identities and opinions, It’s important to create a better way for the Autistic/Disabled children and adolescents of the future adults of the Disability community and the broader community in the world. It’s important as well to create a system where the adults in the Disability community today finally know their voice and their identities count too. People need to develop…
  • 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…
 
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  • A new Autism Media Channel video. A chance to watch some sleight of hand

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Andrew Wakefield has a new video with stunning new revelations of malfeasance by the CDC. Well, that’s what he wants you to think. Let’s take a look and see how well his story stands up to scrutiny, shall we? To do this I’ll highlight two of the problems with the video.  The first I’ve already discussed some: Mr. Wakefield claims the CDC hid a result but the CDC actually published it. For the second problem, let’s follow Mr. Wakefield as he creates a timeline showing us how the CDC’s research plan was supposedly revised in response to some analysis…
  • A look at the analysis plan for DeStefano’s MMR study: no evidence of fraud

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Andrew Wakefield and Brian Hooker have been making claims that the CDC are involved in misconduct in autism research. In case you haven’t followed the story, it basically goes like this: 1) the CDC planned on a study of MMR and autism using the MADDSP data. 2) That the CDC created a research plan. 3) That the CDC found results they didn’t want to report: an calculated odds ratio for African American boys. So the CDC team allegedly deviated from that plan and didn’t report that result. 4) That the CDC introduced a new analysis after the plan: that they would include birth…
  • The Quacks behind the Warrior Moms

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    ‘I accept Dr Carpenter’s opinion that there is no evidence that any of these treatments were individually beneficial for M and that collectively they were intrusive and contrary to his best interests.  M’s life was increasingly dominated by the programme of treatment to the exclusion of other activities.  I find that E has implemented a programme of diet, supplements and treatments and therapies indiscriminately, with no analysis as to whether they are for M’s benefit, and on a scale that has been oppressive and contrary to his interests.  She has exercised total…
  • Brian Deer: Wakefield ‘MMR mother’ fabricated injury story

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Brian Deer, the reporter who broke the story on Andrew Wakefield’s conflicts of interests, has a new story on his website: Wakefield ‘MMR mother’ fabricated injury story In a newly-released judgment from England’s Court of Protection, a prominent anti-vaccine campaigner is branded a manipulative liar. Brian Deer reports The story is quite sad. And while it presents an extreme case, there are themes here which have been seen elsewhere. A British “mother warrior”, who claimed that the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is responsible for autism, fabricated…
  • Citizen Autistic screening October 19 in Redwood City, California

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    A documentary, Citizen Autistic, will be shown on October 19th in Redwood City, California. The event page at BrownPaperTickets.com can be found here: Citizen Autistic Screening in Redwood City, October 19. Citizen Autistic Trailer from William Davenport on Vimeo. Here is a description of the event: The documentary Citizen Autistic will be shown on October 19, 2014, 5-7 PM, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, at 2124 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94062. Director William Davenport will be present, as will some of the documentary’s interviewees. Ticket proceeds…
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  • The Circle of Friends

    Susan Senator
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    I was in the lobby when those first notes from “Circle of Life” broke through at the autism-friendly Autism Speaks-supported Lion King at the Boston Opera House. I was standing just outside the doors, as Main Floor Navigator, in the lobby with the actors about to walk through the doors onstage. They were the animals coming to see the new baby Lion. I stepped backwards to give them more room. I felt like a child allowed to be at the adult party. All around me the actors had their costumes half-on, with the masks on the floor, at their feet. Huge hairy water buffalo heads rose from…
  • My Facebook Troubles

    Susan Senator
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Okay, and here is my latest Washington Post Oped, about my troubles with Facebook. It’s all true, bro. Yeah, it’s already up on FB, too.
  • The Untapped Potential: Autistic Adults

    Susan Senator
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Here is where you can find my latest piece for WBUR-FM’s “Cognoscenti” column, a propos to President Obama’s recent authorization of $450,000,000 in grant money to community colleges that partner with employers.
  • Can you feel the love on October 11?

    Susan Senator
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Family-friendly Broadway is nothing new, and its success is no surprise. But autism-friendly Broadway is a stroke of marketing genius. Billed as “judgment-free, ” these shows generally offer a stimuli-sensitive environment: low light and sound, quiet space, autism specialists available for extra support. There have been pockets of such performances offered around the country in the last six years but Theater Development Fund’s (TDF) Autism Theatre Initiative has taken the concept to a new level. TDF has been funding overwhelmingly popular performances – most recently the Lion…
  • Great News About the ABLE Act!

    Susan Senator
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    This article is from the Disability Scoop, by Michelle Diament. If you are a person with a disability and you have Medicaid benefits, the bipartisan ABLE Act would allow you to save up to $14,000 a year, and up to $100,000 total, rather than the current $2000 total  — and you would not lose your Medicaid benefit. You could save for a home, education, transportation…
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  • Our Latest Adventure

    Joeymom
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    As if I have lots of extra time for writing blog posts- evidenced by the lack thereof here- I have started a new blog for Andy's homeschooling and our experience with it. The Learning Squirrel will be chronicling our Adventures in Educating. Here's hoping it will be awesome.
  • The Elephant in Room

    Joeymom
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    I did a little experiment this week. I commented on a story about Kelli Stapleton. For those who don't follow news, Kelli Stapleton attempted a murder-suicide of herself and her 14-year-old autistic daughter, Issy. She was well-known in the parenting circles, and a friend to many people I know. Like many such stories, this one has gathered a very specific rhetoric, the "for Kelli" crowd and the "anti Kelli" crowd. That rhetoric has become so strong and loud, it has drowned out any other ideas or voices, and everyone is expected to pick a side and then be torn to shreds by the other.It isn't a…
  • Empathy

    Joeymom
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    We have two new fur babies. Joey has been so excited about getting his very own cat, especially in the throes of still missing Luna. We finally brought them home.This is Joey's kitty, Lily. She looks suspiciously like Luna.This is Andy's kitty, Marshmallow. She is totally not shy. At. All. And she approves of the changes in her fortunes. At long last, we found our kitties, and Joey was looking forward to seeing her home safe when he came home from school. Andy and I picked them up from the shelter, and took them directly to our vet (do not pass Go, do not collect $200), and had our vet…
  • Week One of the Big Changes: Success!

    Joeymom
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    I have to say, one week in... well, half a week, since Joey started school on Wednesday, so that's also when Andy and I started official lessons... and so far, so awesome.The first week of school for Joey the last few years has always been... well, a disaster, really. This year? His teachers allow hugs. They help him, they guide him, they make it clear what their expectations are and provide him tools to meet them. They are busy teaching him those tools right now. He gets the attention he craves, and his fellow student thinks he's the bee's knees, and doesn't tease or otherwise make fun of…
  • 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…
 
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    I Speak of Dreams

  • 15 Children Killed by Measles Vaccine proves...Nothing

    Liz
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    image source; click to embiggen In a March 31 interview with Al-Monitor, Nancy Lindborg, assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), said that the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have managed to make progress against an outbreak of polio in Syria, but added, “What we are seeing with the coming of warm weather is the possibility of measles outbreaks.” By mid-June, both measles outbreaks and vaccination campaigns were underway. People living in northern Syria largely depend on a…
  • L'affaire Rob Schneider et State Farm: Responses

    Liz
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    DDB-Chicago made an ad for State Farm featuring actor Rob Schneider. Objections were made to an anti-vaccine celebrity being used to promote a company selling health insurance. Monday, September 22, 2014 State Farm took the ad "out of rotation" Announcements and Responses to State Farm's Decision to Drop Schneider Ad (excluding Facebook) September 22, 2014, State Farm drops ad starring Rob Schneider over anti-vaccine views by Diana Bradley at PR Week Phil Supple, State Farm’s director of public affairs, told PRWeek that the company’s advertising is intended to inform and entertain, but…
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  • One of Our Moms Needs Help

    Ginger Taylor
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Some of you may know autism mom, Melanie Baldwin, a founder of The Thinking Moms' Revolution and subject of Jessica's Lioness Arising blog post.Melanie is a mom who is battling cancer for the third time.  She also has a son with profound autism.  The cost of caring for a child with autism is astronomical, but coupled with the cost of battling cancer, it's insurmountable unless they have help.If you'd like to help, Melanie's Give Forward page can be found here.  Thanks for reading, and please share!
  • 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.  
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    Squidalicious

  • Follow Up: Radiolab's Underwhelming "Juicervose" Autism Coverage

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Mali, shortly after getting into a verbalsparring match with Demetri MartinAt a 2011 Radiolab show in Berkeley.[Image description: girl with beige skin andbrown fuzzy hair pulled back, wearingwire-framed glasses, smiling, wearing a multicolored long sweater,in front of a blue screen with white words inside a black box reading: "IN THE DARKwith Thao Nguyenand Demetri MartinPILOBOLUSRADIOLAB"]One week later, I am still so sad that Radiolab bungled their Juicervose autism episode. I've been wanting and waiting for them to do a truly autism-focused episode for just about ever. I even wrote about…
  • Amplify This: "Don't Murder Your Autistic Kids"

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    When we hear that a mother has tried to murder her own child, most people howl in agreement that the mother deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Most would be angry if that mother successfully plea bargained her attempted murder charge down to child abuse. Most people would not "understand" mothers abusing or murdering their kids.Autistic, Not Less Valuable[image description: Leo in foreground, Golden Gate Bridge & camera-wieldingtourists in background]Most people would feel that way, unless they learn that the child in question is autistic or otherwise disabled.
  • So What if God Is Change; Change Is Hard.

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Anything different is bad. That is Leo's mantra. It's also mine. And we have had a lot of change lately. None of it is truly awful, but some of it sucks, and some of it is just different, and all of it means adjusting. Those of us who are happiest wallowing in our ruts simply prefer not to emerge unless we have to, like contented little piggies in nice squishy mud. Lots of "have to" just now. Which means I've got a lot of "Oh, bother," after my role model Winnie the Pooh. Much of that "have to" is not really bloggable, but here's what is (what I can recall right now, anyhow).Mali has started…
  • Blogust: When Your Comments Save Lives

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    August = Blogust. And Blogust is the wonderful time of year when the UN Foundation's Shot@Life taps members of the social media milieu and Blogosphere, to use our synergistic connectivity to save lives: "Every time you comment on or share the Blogust posts, Walgreens will help provide a life-saving vaccine for children around the world who need them most."That means that every comment -- on this post, or on one of the Blogust14 posts that will be rolling out during this month of August -- is literally a chance to save a life, to get a vaccine to a child who otherwise would not get have that…
  • Autism, Staycations, Patience, and Decompression

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Image description: a beige-skinnedboy with brown hair, seen from behind,at a distance, swimming in a poolsurrounded by a beige railing & deckwith trees and blue sky behind and aboveLeo and I have had a lot of together time this week. It's a bit of a staycation. The rest of our immediate family is in Canada, ziplining over 500 ft chasms and watching firework festivals. My Dude and I stayed here because it's the last week of his summer school, and One Does Not Simply Miss ESY. Though we feel the absence of the rest of our crew, I'm exhausted and grateful for the break. I think Leo also…
 
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    Karianna

  • ViaCord: Future lifesaver for someone you love?

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Fourteen years ago, I was a graduate student in neuroscience living in New York, and I was pregnant with my first child. As part of my education, I attended classes and special talks about a variety of scientific topics. Stem cells were seen as a possible research tool and a promising future way to assist treatment of a variety of conditions. Meanwhile, filled with the typical jitters about becoming a mother and wanting to protect my child at all costs, I researched cord blood banking. I wanted... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I will be voting NO on Prop 46.

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    People in my area know the Pack Family story (which is behind this Proposition.) It was indeed a tragic situation. BUT, the way Prop 46 is written, it will NOT prevent what happened to Troy and Alana Pack from happening again. It will be difficult for people to separate the personal connection to the Pack Family with how the Prop is actually written, and thus, what the actual impact would be. But, I urge people to really look at the consequences this proposition would have should it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • tempus fugit

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    We're wrapping up the third week of school, the first full week. Only three weeks, though it feels as though I've lived three months during that time. On the second day of school, my physical therapist found a "burn" on my leg. I didn't have time to get it checked out right then, though, because I received a call from the middle school that my son was vomiting and wanted to come home. One thing led to another, and he ended up in emergency surgery for testicular torsion. (Look that up if you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Stimeyland

  • Bourbon Chase or Bust

    Stimey
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:31 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
  • Alex Is Furious With Each and Every One of You

    Stimey
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:38 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
  • To Bassoon or Not To Bassoon?

    Stimey
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:55 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
  • A Word About the Albatross

    Stimey
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:50 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
  • Long Form Exposition: Scenes From Disney World

    Stimey
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:27 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
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    Disability Scoop

  • In Siblings, Autism Signs Often Apparent At 18 Months

    Shaun Heasley
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    About 20 percent of younger siblings of those with autism are on the spectrum too and they often show symptoms of the developmental disorder as young as 18 months, researchers say.
  • Disney Urged To Include Characters With Disabilities

    Steven Ford, Orlando Sentinel/MCT
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Tens of thousands have signed a petition calling for Disney to include characters with Down syndrome in its animated films.
  • Therapy Pig Wins Reprieve

    Brittany Shammas, Sun Sentinel/MCT
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    After a nearly yearlong battle, a family will get to keep a 65-pound pig in their home that they say offers support for their children with special needs.
  • Harvard Study Finds Psychiatrists Tough To Access

    Michelle Diament
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Making an appointment with a psychiatrist is often an uphill battle no matter if you're insured or if you intend to pay out of pocket, a new study suggests.
  • Teens Charged In Ice Bucket Case

    Shaun Heasley
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Five teens have been charged with dumping a bucket containing urine and tobacco spit on a 15-year-old with autism who thought he was taking part in the "ice bucket challenge."
 
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  • People Like Me

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    I’m autistic. I don’t know whether or not I am invited to something unless you tell me I’m invited. In this case, I asked for an invitation and didn’t receive it. I didn’t receive a reply at all to the comments I sent regarding the meeting about People Like Me. So I didn’t know where the meeting was or what time, only the day. But here is the group, right here in the conference room where I work. When I walked by, someone said, “There she is.” I have excellent hearing. I am autistic.The people in the meeting are not autistic. They are the experts on autism. I am sitting here…
  • 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…
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    ASF Blog

  • Different Types of ASDs: What Do Co-Occurring Conditions Have to do With It?

    autismsciencefoundation
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    By Alycia Halladay, PhD ASF Chief Science Officer If you missed it, on Tuesday the workgroup on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring Conditions in ASD of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee met to discuss the current issues and start to lie out a research agenda. This workshop was aimed to have an honest exchange of views to help direct research – the IACC does not directly fund research itself.   It’s a way for researchers and funding agencies to discuss priorities and opportunities. The meeting was webcast live and will be archived on the NIH webpage, when the link is live we’ll…
  • Can “Sticky Mittens” Jump-Start a Baby’s Brain?

    autismsciencefoundation
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    by Klaus Libertus, PhD Research Associate at the Learning Research and Development Center University of Pittsburgh In a study published this week in the journal Frontiers in Psychology we were able to encourage grasping behaviors in three-month-old infants with a family history of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This was done by using “sticky mittens” – infant mittens with Velcro attached, to be used with toys that also have Velcro attached. While wearing these mittens, a baby can swipe at a toy and the toy will stick to the mitten – giving the child the experience…
  • New Blog “Inspectrum” About the World of Severe Autism, Hosted by Psychology Today

    autismsciencefoundation
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Amy Lutz, author of “Each Day I Like It Better: Autism, ECT, and the Treatment of Our Most Impaired Children” and president of the EASI Foundation, introduces her new blog, Inspectrum, hosted by Psychology Today. This is Psychology Today’s first blog focused on the world of severe autism. View the first post from Inspectrum, “To Cage or Not to Cage? That is Not the Question” here.Filed under: autism
  • 24-Hour Livestream Gaming Event Raises over $16,000 for ASF

    autismsciencefoundation
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    On July 2, 2014, Rikki Cabler of Sullivan, Indiana hosted the second annual RJC Memorial Charity 24-Hour Livestream. This 24-hour online-gaming event united gamers, or rather “Mechwarriors”, from around the world to show their support for autism. Surpassing its goal of $10,000, this event raised over $16,000 for the Autism Science Foundation. Approximately one thousand gamers entered the No Guts, No Galaxy online community to participate in the RJC Memorial Charity event. Rikki and colleagues encouraged gamers to participate by reminding them, “Nearly every Mechwarrior knows someone…
  • Should We Believe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Estimates?

    autismsciencefoundation
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:44 am
    Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice has published an important and interesting new editorial by Dr. David Mandell and Dr. Luc Lecavalier that challenges the methods the CDC uses to collect and publish autism prevalence data, now at 1 in 68. While acknowledging that tracking ASD is no easy task, the authors question whether the CDC’s surveillance studies should be used as a basis for estimates of prevalence. Read the full article here. Filed under: autism
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    Autism Blogs Directory

  • Yogibos!

    K Wombles
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Last week, I was contacted by Yogibo.com to see if I'd be willing to accept one of their bean bags to review, specifically in terms of how my children on the spectrum found it. When I looked at the site, I started drooling. We were very kindly sent the Yogibo max, which is six feet by two feet by two feet and priced at over $200. I am in love with this bag. My girls are in love with it. My husband slept on it, it's that big. The cats are impressed. And the dogs think it is theirs when no one else is on it. The girls have laid on it, reclined on it, laid under it, laid side by side…
  • Summer Reading: From the Light to the Trancendent

    K Wombles
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    For me, the summer leaves me feeling scatterbrained. Too much noise, too much going on. Chicken Soup for the Soul books provide a quick break, a breather, and a chance to focus.The best part of Chicken Soup's books is the diversity of topics. You can find any topic that interests you, and then get dozens and dozens of different author's stories. And because the stories are short, it's okay if you only have five minutes to spare.Above I've placed six of Chicken Soup for the Soul's newest books, books I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.
  • A Review of Eric Fischer's Collected Works of Poetry

    K Wombles
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    "a greatness beyond all possibility of calculation, measurement or imitation"Purchases of this book go to support Eric's care of his son Segev.Preferred purchase link is https://www.createspace.com/4652145but the book is available on Amazon as well.I've been following Eric Fischer's blog about his beautiful and profoundly disabled son Segev for several years. Segev has a condition known as Ohtahara Syndrome, which is a progressive disease involving seizures that often don't respond very well to medication. Eric has spent the last sixteen years taking care of his son, who…
  • No Consensus to be had: Recognizing Compassion is not Condoning

    K Wombles
    28 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    In September last year, we were horrified when a member of our community tried to kill her daughter and herself. Friendships were ended over the divide in how to handle the situation. I lost a person I considered a close friend over what I still believe was a miscommunication rather than a real difference of opinion.This last week a Canadian single mother of a severely autistic teenage son killed her son and herself and once again the community erupted and people find themselves on opposing sides.Part of this is truly a difference of opinion. There are those of us who are horrified at how the…
  • Inclusion means everyone-or when special isn't special...an open letter to Special Olympics Maine

    kathleen
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Cross posted from autismherd. Please share! contact info is Phil Geelhoed   PhilG@somaine.org   To whom it may concern-or Hey Person who picked the venue for today's state swim meet! I sat at the special Olympics today. It should have been wonderful.  It is not often that people with disabilities (either physical or developmental) are able to get together without judgement to participate in sporting events.But it wasn't wonderful. I sat there and quietly seethed because I knew of at least one individual who worked equally as hard-but was unable to participate. This…
 
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    Countering...

  • The Cost of Admission

    K Wombles
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Some days, nothing goes the way we plan. Some days, our plans are completely derailed and we want to throw our hands up in the air and give up. Sometimes those days stretch into weeks and months. We can't see any light, not even a glimmer. We waiver, we weaken, and we surrender. The way we surrender, though, determines our outcome. Do we surrender and give up completely or do we surrender our illusion of control and let go?It's not been an easy few months, and I would, if I believed in luck, say we've been short on it. But I don't believe in luck, and despite or because of the law of…
  • The Yogibo Max

    K Wombles
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    10% off coupon code: CounteringLast week, I was contacted by Yogibo.com to see if I'd be willing to accept one of their bean bags to review, specifically in terms of how my children on the spectrum found it. When I looked at the site, I started drooling. We were very kindly sent the Yogibo max, which is six feet by two feet by two feet and priced at over $200.I am in love with this bag. My girls are in love with it. My husband slept on it, it's that big. The cats are impressed. And the dogs think it is theirs when no one else is on it. The girls have laid on it, reclined on it, laid…
  • A Sunday Epiphany: I was due one

    K Wombles
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    You ever notice how epiphanies come  at the weirdest of times, you know, like at six in the morning when you are sitting on the toilet surrounded by six cats of various sizes all meowing and some of them climbing on you? And you're talking to them suggesting that if they weren't climbing their way up your body, you would totally be able to pee quicker and then they'd get fed quicker and it would be a win-win for everyone and then the dogs wander in and wonder where their cat food is?Yeah that. But still I had an epiphany, which the critters were not impressed with when I yelled loudly,…
  • Whatever. The other title was great before you ate it, Blogger.

    K Wombles
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    “I've crossed some kind of invisible line. I feel as if I've come to a place I never thought I'd have to come to. And I don't know how I got here. It's a strange place. It's a place where a little harmless dreaming and then some sleepy, early-morning talk has led me into considerations of death and annihilation.” ― Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected StoriesI was freaking insightful but blogger ate it, so you don't get to appreciate that incredible epiphany.Don't worry. There wasn't really an epiphany, I rambled about being lost, absent minded,…
  • Break, then--that's what crazy glue is for

    K Wombles
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Several years ago, I was told by my therapist, who was trying to be helpful, that if I hadn't broken yet, I wouldn't in the future, in response to my concern that I would face the same mental health issues some family members had, that I would, in fact, at some point break.That's stuck with me, but not because it made me feel better about the several challenges I was facing, but because it made me feel pressured to continue to be the one that kept on going, didn't make major foul ups, to keep being the responsible one.That one sentence from my well-meaning therapist, meant to…
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • Come EAT, DRINK, and WIN as we launch the new ABA for the Common Core Kit!

    Different Roads to Learning
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    You’re invited to our book release party for the ABA Curriculum for the Common Core Kit for Kindergarten! Join us on November 12 in NYC to meet author Sam Blanco, MSEd, BCBA and enjoy an evening with friends and colleagues. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served along with special giveaways. And one lucky attendee will win a FREE kit! Sam Blanco, BCBA, MSEd (www.samblanco.com) We hope you’ll join us in launching this innovative and exciting new curriculum kit that presents ABA programs and targets for each of the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards. Teachers, educators,…
  • Guest Article: Tackling Tantrums by Bridge Kids of New York

    Different Roads to Learning
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    For parents, it can be difficult and frustrating to help their children through tantrums. We’re pleased to share with you a second guest post by Bridge Kids of New York (BKNY), who shares with us a few (humorous) words of advice on tackling tantrums. T-A-N-T-R-U-M-S by Bridge Kids of New York Here at BKNY, parents reach out to us for support in a variety of areas. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular reasons we hear from parents is for support in managing tantrums! Why is this not surprising? Well, it’s not surprising because very few of us will make it through life…
  • Increasing Play with Unit Blocks – Free Download

    Different Roads to Learning
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Symbolic play refers to a child’s ability to use one object or action to represent a different object or action within imaginary play. The symbolic play skill that involves object substitution typically begins to emerge around 18 months. For example, you might observe a child using an empty box for a “hat” or an overturned bucket for a “drum.” Blocks are a mainstay in early childhood classrooms because the benefits are innumerable. Block play can help to facilitate cooperation, visuo-spatial skills, problem solving ability, social skills, and language development, and is a good…
  • Pick of the Week: Inference Card Decks – Learn to infer meanings through critical thinking and auditory comprehension

    Different Roads to Learning
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Oftentimes, people do not communicate a complete message; they assume their listeners are also interpreting important visual information. Help students learn how to determine the “true” meanings of messages and improve their critical thinking, auditory comprehension, and inferencing skills with our newly added inferencing card decks: Look, Listen & Infer and the Inferencing Big Deck. And this week only, take 15% off* your order of either or both of these inferencing decks, by using promo code INFER14 at check-out! Look, Listen & Infer is a 56-card illustrated set that…
  • New Product Alert! Scrubba Dub, Carlos and Freda Says Please – More Titles in the “I See I Learn” Series

    Different Roads to Learning
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    From the wonderful “I See, I Learn” series by Stuart J. Murphy, we’re thrilled to add Scrubba Dub, Carlos and Freda Says Please. These new titles will teach your student health and safety skills along with ways to be polite and courteous towards others. Utilizing kid-friendly language, cute and informative illustrations, and inset diagrams for each strategy touched upon, these storybooks teach young learners important social-emotional issues. Each book also includes activities and questions at the end to support educators and caregivers in further exploration of each topic.
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    Asperger's Diary

  • Supporting Sensory Issues: a Q&A With Lindsey Biel

    Lynne Soraya
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Occupational therapist and author Lindsey Biel gives us insights from her clinical experiences working with individuals with sensory issues. read more
  • 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
 
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    Thrive With Aspergers

  • Dating and Aspergers

    Stephen Borgman
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Dating and Aspergers: Can The Two Go Together? It’s hard enough to date, period. But dating and Aspergers can seem incompatible.   As one Aspie said, “How do you know when a person is interested, friendly, or annoyed?” That comes back to learning how to read body language and signals. Which, of course, is the crux of all social communication, but only at a new and different level. I am definitely not going to pretend to have the answers, because I don’t. What I do have is some starting points for conversation that I hope you, the reader, will add to.  Below are some…
  • Famous People With Aspergers: Tim Page

    Stephen Borgman
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    "The features of character are carved out of adversity." Paul Barnett.Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule When I think of famous people with Aspergers, Tim Page is one person who comes to mind. Tim Page is an American writer, editor, Pulitzer Prize winning music critic, producer, and professor. We can learn much from famous Asperger adults of all walks of life.  Here his Tim’s background, career, and some life lessons he can teach us. Background and Career Tim grew up in Storrs, CT, where his father was a professor of education at the University of Connecticut.   While growing up,…
  • Is Understanding and Spotting Manipulative Behavior Essential?

    Stephen Borgman
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Yesterday, my wife and I went to our local car dealership to “purchase” our leased vehicle. We met Beth (not her real name), the sales representative, who escorted us to a comfortable desk and chairs. She told us that we could purchase our vehicle for the quoted amount on our lease — plus $2000 extra. Well, we do not have $2000 that we can easily spend above the expected purchase price. My wife, Vicki, asked her to explain why we would have to pay $2000 extra. She said something about the state of Illinois charging taxes for everything, and that the dealership isn’t…
  • Who Else Wants This Healthy Friendship Checklist?

    Stephen Borgman
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. ~Douglas Pagels I had a friend.  I’ll call him Jim (not his real name). We got along well, in the beginning.  But over time, I noticed he had a sarcastic edge.  He often made jokes, at my expense. I put up with his comments for a while.   He was funny, we both liked basketball, and overall I liked hanging out with him.  But over time, the comments continued at my expense.  I slowly stopped spending time with him. It had taken me a while, but I finally figured out that this was an unhealthy…
  • Who Else Wants These Friendship Skills Activities?

    Stephen Borgman
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    After I graduated college, I felt alone.I lived with my best college friend, and a couple of other roommates.But then my college friend got married, and the other roommates when on their way. I grew up in Brazil, South America, so I didn’t develop some of the social skills needed to build friendships and date women.  And so I was nervous about venturing out to meet new people. But finally, I had enough of being lonely.My sister had started attending a midsize church outside of Chicago, and she invited me to a service.Besides loving the church, I was amazed to see lots of other singles my…
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • Celebrate the Awesome

    Devon Alley
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    I've been really terrible about writing over the past couple of months. Mostly, it's because I haven't managed to sculpt out a new daily routine that allows for the time I need to devote to the art. Caring for an infant is time-consuming and often very...(read more)
  • It's Easy Being a Mom

    Devon Alley
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Now that I have a two month old at home, I've been thinking a lot about motherhood, lately. It's interesting, because I think when you are new to motherhood, you spend a lot of time thinking about what kind of mother you are going to be - what sort of...(read more)
  • High School is a Thing

    Devon Alley
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    This year, A. turns fifteen, and she begins her first year of 9th grade. Just like that, High School is a Thing that we do. It's hard to believe that we're here already. It's hard to believe it's been ten years since we moved to this city, since A. started...(read more)
  • 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)
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    The Autism News

  • Autistic boy’s family struggles to keep insurance for his therapy

    The Autism News
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    By The Elkhart Truth (YouTube) A 2014 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 1 in 68 children in the United States identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The struggle for parents with autistic children is a journey of resilience through disappointment as they search for a way to connect their child to the outside world. For the Pierces, that struggle has become harder as their insurance company has denied coverage of their son’s applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy. Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source:…
  • Man charged over attack on autistic boy, disabled man on bus

    The Autism News
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    By Melissa Townsend | Herald Sun A MAN arrested this morning for an alleged attack on two vulnerable bus passengers has now been charged. “He has been charged with one count of recklessly cause injury and two counts of unlawful assault,” Sergeant Kris Hamilton said. He has been bailed to appear at Dandenong Magistrates Court on 28 January. Dandenong Police received information through Crime Stoppers yesterday and arrested a 19-year-old Noble Park man at his home address at 10.10am. Police were investigating an alleged assault on two people on the Keysborough bound bus on Father’s Day.
  • Autistic boy dies days after hospital discharge

    The Autism News
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    By itv The parents of a four-year-old autistic boy from Nottingham say changes need to be made to the way special needs children are treated in mainstream hospitals. Their son Harry Procko died just two days after being discharged from hospital. Harry, from St Anns, was taken to hospital in June this year suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea. A family picture of Harry with his siblings Credit: ITV News Central “We spent nine hours in hospital, expecting tests to be done which they said they needed to do. “They did absolutely nothing for him at all. Later that night we asked if we…
  • A program that offers students with autism real job experience

    The Autism News
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    By Brian Benson | Wicked Local Natick If you have been admitted to Newton-Wellesley Hospital in recent years, chances are students from Crossroads School helped make your stay a little easier. The students help assemble patient handbooks for the hospital as part of the school’s vocational training program. Jonathan Hudson, Ryan Hand, Ryan Palmison, who run the program that helps students with autism, said it gives students critical workplace skills that can help them be more independent when they graduate from Crossroads School upon turning 22. Crossroads, which is on Huron Drive and serves…
  • Local woman wants to put iPads in every Autistic Support classroom in York County

    The Autism News
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    By Melissanardo | FOX 43 A York County woman is making it her mission to put iPads in every Autistic Support classroom in York County. Friday, she was one donation closer to that goal. Founder “iPadz for Autism started as a project for school,” said Laurie Howard, founder of the nonprofit organization. “I was taking a nonprofit organizational effectiveness class and we had to come up with a nonprofit.” Her son Jacob, 20, has Autism. After speaking with one of her Jacob’s teachers, and seeing how well he worked with an iPad, she created ‘iPadz for Autism.’ “I was asking…
 
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    We Go With Him

  • Why Comedy

    Kristina Chew
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    I went to hear a lecture about comedy and community (by the professor who was my advisor in my junior year of college) on Thursday...
  • Parents Night

    Kristina Chew
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    It was Parents Night Wednesday at Charlie's school. Amid talking to other parents, Charlie's teacher, behaviorist and principal, I didn't give myself enough time to...
  • A New Chapter

    Kristina Chew
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    I may regret saying this as there's been many a false start, draft of a proposal, drafts and drafts and drafts, meditations on titles and...
  • A New Twist to the Established Way of Things

    Kristina Chew
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    When Jim taught 6-year-old Charlie to ride a bike, we never thought he and Charlie would do, as they have so far, 35,000 miles (plus)....
  • πάθει μάθος

    Kristina Chew
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    πάθει μάθος "in suffering there is learning" -- Chorus, Agamemnon, Aeschylus
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    Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective

  • Staples Makes Back To School Online A Great Option

    Carl Bainbridge
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Staples Canada offered me a selection of products to usher in the back to school season. Included in the package were back packs and lunchbags for all of my children. My son chose a blue camo set from Lug. My oldest daughter chose a Foxy Jeans Backpack and a Lug lunchbox. My youngest daughter loves flowers and fairies and her choices demonstrated that. Staples Canada also sent along a number of must have items including, a pack of erasable blue pencils, a […] The post Staples Makes Back To School Online A Great Option appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Resurgo MonctonStrong

    Carl Bainbridge
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:18 pm
    How do you explain what happened on the night of June 4th, 2014. A part of me changed that day. It was not because I had never had a police officer killed near me, that happened outside my apartment building 10 years ago. It is not even the fact that we lived within the lock down zone, though that definitely added a new level of stress to our lives. The difference this time was, I was not in Toronto anymore.  […] The post Resurgo MonctonStrong appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Must Have Marvin Review and Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:13 pm
    “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. About Must-Have Marvin! The second title in the Shine Bright Kids series, Must Have Marvin! teaches children that […] The post Must Have Marvin Review and Giveaway appeared first on Living With…
  • Eyes Of The Sage by Peter J Ochs II Book Review

    Carl Bainbridge
    16 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Disclosure: I got a copy of Eyes Of The Sage as part of an advertorial. I am largely a sci-fi/fantasy reader and tend to actually stick away from historical fiction. This particular book actually caught my attention simply because it was not your normal historical fiction book. Eyes of the Sage is a journey through the eyes of a group of scientists as they finish the work of one of their colleagues and work to find a vanished society.  The […] The post Eyes Of The Sage by Peter J Ochs II Book Review appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Veronica Mars DVD Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
        On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she […] The post Veronica Mars DVD Giveaway appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
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    Young Autistic Female

  • Life Update & A Small Rant About Things

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    I am living in a beautiful condo with one of my best friends.  I had an incredibly full summer – I worked every day – but I thrive on being busy, and I really enjoyed myself.  Having so many commitments made me really thankful for quite time with my fiancé, and made me really focus on eating well and exercise.  I took up running in the summer, and I am still trying to practice, in order to run a half marathon in May.  I haven’t ran a lot recently, simply because I struggle to motivate myself past the anxiety of it all, but I have been going to the gym regularly, and…
  • Anxiety

    14 Jun 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Anxiety is a kind of vogue diagnosis.  A lot of people have anxiety, it seems.  There is a mental health movement right now, and anxiety has become quite vogue.A lot of people have anxiety. I like this graphic because it illustrates a lot of different people who suffer from anxiety, although, of course, even this is limited in its scope.  Everyone experiences periods of anxiety, regardless of their clinical or mental health history.  This does not mean that everyone has an anxiety disorder, of course, but stress is a normal part of life and anxiety is simply a heightened…
  • Circadian Rhythm

    13 Jun 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Today I am so thankful for the Circadian Rhythm. The Circadian Rhythm is a body response that regulates a series of basal actions, including the sleep cycle.  Despite my three years of a science degree, I don't remember a whole lot about the Circadian Rhythm, but I know that part of it is the body's "internal clock." And I am so thankful.I've been working a lot of evenings recently, and I had a night shift Wednesday that I haven't fully recovered from.  I've also been working every day, many hours a day.  Plus I'm entering the last weekend of a course that I'm taking,…
  • I Can't Keep Calm Because I Have Anxiety

    17 May 2014 | 1:43 pm
    This is one of my favorite things.  I have been increasingly anxious in the last few weeks and months.  I'm not really sure how to deal with it.  Sometimes, I just have to make fun of myself.  I can't keep calm because I have anxiety.
  • Frustrated by Ignorance (& Pre-Marital Counselling)

    29 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Why am I crying right now?My fiance just called me.  He'd been called to "pre-marital counselling detention" (as I called it), but more specifically, our pastor had asked to have a private meeting with him.  We've both been speculating for a few days over what would be discussed in this meeting.  We had a lot of ideas.  But we were totally wrong.He wanted to talk about my Asperger's. I wasn't even there (he specifically asked my fiance to meet him privately) to discuss my brain. I haven't gotten the whole story yet, but I'm upset about that.  I'm upset because,…
 
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    my Cartesian Theatre

  • The 4 Year Hour Glass of Life

    mud
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Moving home has been different. I haven’t spent so much time with my family since I moved home after my two year imposed independence that begun in 2008. I’m still dealing with a lot of the emotional baggage that it wrought. I still feel a deep shame for the way things unfolded and while I’ve […] The post The 4 Year Hour Glass of Life appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • Sunny Day

    mud
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    She peeked above the horizon Her beaming smile shone through Her warmth blew softly away, The lonely night time blues I’ve had sunny days, and rainy days And days of dark and snow, Night sometimes brings me comfort For it’s lonelier, you know? Being lonely has its ups, Reflecting on yesterdays, But sun light never […] The post Sunny Day appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • 5 Things That Really Irk Me – Aspergers Edition

    mud
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    What Irks Me (In no particular order) People who send mixed signals about what they want When I get too close to a woman and get lost in the fantasy Wasting my time and my life on the wrong track Not having control over how my life has been The issues I have that I […] The post 5 Things That Really Irk Me – Aspergers Edition appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • 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.
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    Speaking In Grace

  • Adapt, Accommodate, I can’t think of another A word

    Beth Clay
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    There probably is another “A word” that is synonymous with Adapt and Accommodate, unfortunately, I have yet to consume enough coffee to look it up.  So, you are essentially getting the weekend, lightly caffeinated, or rather half-calf version of this post. Late last night I was looking through some old pictures and ran across some of Cooper from 2006. He would have been about 7 years old…and to be honest I had forgotten the lengths we went to…to Adapt and Accommodate our son… When you look at these pictures, taken in the back of a truck, in the driveway of…
  • Why We Fight

    Beth Clay
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    I had started working on a post about how, as parents of a child with Autism, we have had to fight to obtain services. I don’t think that there are any of us who have not had to struggle at some point, to get what they need. Most of us have been in a battle or two to get services in school or therapies covered by insurance. I also have a feeling, we are not the only ones who have constantly struggled and fought every step of the way… I could think of a multitude of occasions, so many examples of where, when and how we have had to fight for what Cooper needed. In fact I think it…
  • “Did we give them everything?”

    Beth Clay
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    I looked back at some old Facebook posts and ran across this video and the post that accompanied it…. “So… when you have a child with autism some of the things that come naturally to most children have to be taught. As parents it is up to us to teach those things… We have done our best…which may or may not be good enough….this video is Cooper in 2007 so he was 8ish…” http://www.speakingingrace.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/cooperplaying.mp4 Many toys and gadgets have come and gone over the years, most serving their purpose in their time, but…
  • Talking about Jesus

    Beth Clay
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    Conformity I hope you didn’t think I would never mention God again…or that my focus would solely be on Autism and our family…the truth is, as far as our lives are concerned…I can’t explain them without God.  However, God, he doesn’t need us for Him to be explained or talked about. It’s simply that, for me, showing you where He has shown up in our lives, explaining how His faithfulness has sustained us and comforted us through the most difficult of times…that is the easiest way for me to show you the difference he can make in your lives.
  • It’s Just Routine

    Beth Clay
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    We all have them, those things that we do, or places that we go…regularly.  We have certain treats  or rewards that we indulge in after an undesirable activity.  We also have our favorite drinks, most of us can be heard at one time or another saying something along the lines of, “I drink____everyday”.  I, wake up every morning and I make coffee…then…I drink it…every day. Routines are part of our everyday lives, sometimes they are so smoothly interwoven into our days that we don’t even realize they are there. They can be so much a normal…
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