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  • Children with sensory processing disorders and autism have measureable brain differences

    Autism News From Medical News Today
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that children with sensory processing disorders have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism...
  • Hazards of Nasal Flu Vaccine as Program is Rolled Out in British Schools

    AGE OF AUTISM
    Age of Autism
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    By John Stone This is an update of my article ‘UK Department of Health Deliberately Exposes Vulnerable Population to Flu Infection’ of May last year as the British government rolls out the program to entire school population this autumn (a...
  • Insular cortex alterations in mouse models of autism

    Autism News -- ScienceDaily
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    The insular cortex is an integral "hub," combining sensory, emotional and cognitive content. Not surprisingly, alterations in insular structure and function have been reported in many psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety disorders, depression, addiction and autism spectrum disorders. Scientists now describe consistent alterations in integrative processing of the insular cortex across autism mouse models of diverse etiologies.
  • Q&A: Informing an Undiagnosed Adult Friend

    Reports from a Resident Alien
    Lisa D.
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Q: Would it be a good idea to inform an adult friend that he most probably has Aspergers/HFA? He is very intelligent, has a well-paid responsible job [that he can do from home totally on his own, usually], has verbal but not behavioural meltdowns; his friendships are odd and shallow and his love-life alternately a mess or non-existent.A: Short answer? Yes. If it's bad enough for you to worry about it, it's probably a good idea to tell him what you've observed. The worst that happens is he gets offended and you apologize; at best, you might have given him a clue that'll help…
  • Learning Curve-Marketing Swizzle

    Whitterer on Autism
    Madeline
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
 
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  • Insular cortex alterations in mouse models of autism

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    The insular cortex is an integral "hub," combining sensory, emotional and cognitive content. Not surprisingly, alterations in insular structure and function have been reported in many psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety disorders, depression, addiction and autism spectrum disorders. Scientists now describe consistent alterations in integrative processing of the insular cortex across autism mouse models of diverse etiologies.
  • Kids with autism and sensory processing disorders show differences in brain wiring

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Researchers have found that children with sensory processing disorders have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism, further establishing SPD as a clinically important neurodevelopmental disorder.
  • Autistic brain less flexible at taking on tasks

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    The brains of children with autism are relatively inflexible at switching from rest to task performance, according to a new brain-imaging study.
  • Early warning sign for babies at risk of autism: Early joint attention predicts later autism symptoms

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Researchers have found that early joint attention -- such as making eye contact to communicate about a toy, without smiling -- predicts later autism symptoms. The findings help identify children that can benefit from early interventions.
  • Mutated gene linked to both autism, intellectual disability

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability often occur together and may even share similar genetic causes. Researchers have now linked mutations in a particular gene to the two disorders in humans. By revealing these genetic changes and their potential impact on common brain processes, researchers may uncover treatment approaches that could benefit a variety of patients.
 
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  • Q&A: Informing an Undiagnosed Adult Friend

    Lisa D.
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Q: Would it be a good idea to inform an adult friend that he most probably has Aspergers/HFA? He is very intelligent, has a well-paid responsible job [that he can do from home totally on his own, usually], has verbal but not behavioural meltdowns; his friendships are odd and shallow and his love-life alternately a mess or non-existent.A: Short answer? Yes. If it's bad enough for you to worry about it, it's probably a good idea to tell him what you've observed. The worst that happens is he gets offended and you apologize; at best, you might have given him a clue that'll help…
  • Thoughts on oxytocin

    Lisa D.
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Oxytocin is associated with the way NTs "group up". It makes you want to bond with someone and trust them, while rejecting anyone outside your group.So, oxytocin is involved with bonding and trust, and also with prejudice.I think the oxytocin/autism picture is going to be more complex than it seems at first glance. For example, autistic people are known to trust too much--the opposite of what an oxytocin deficiency would imply. And we are securely bonded with our parents, the same as neurotypical children are--meaning that we don't have issues with bonding, either.My personal…
  • Fear of disability

    Lisa D.
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    The fear of disability is an old fear, older than humanity itself.If you are a wild animal, being close by to another animal that is ill or acting oddly can be dangerous. You might catch the illness, or the animal's confusion could attract a predator that might hurt you both.So it is a natural instinct to stay away from those who are ill. It can be seen in humans most significantly in the disgust reaction. If you saw an infected wound, or a sore, or a person with a runny nose and red eyes, you would instinctively back away. That is a survival instinct and it's been around since we had…
  • Bittersweet News

    Lisa D.
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    I spend some time each day monitoring the news and maintaining the Autism Memorial site, and lately, things have been unusually quiet. This year so far, 2014, I've added only seven new people, mostly children. That there should be any is bad, but that the new cases are a trickle instead of a flood is somewhat hopeful.Recently, the killers of two autistic teenagers, guardians who were supposed to protect and teach them, were brought to justice.Brandon White, age 15, was killed by his mother's boyfriend, who tied him up and suffocated him. Brandon's killer was sentenced to 90 years,…
  • I am not a Killer

    Lisa D.
    24 May 2014 | 9:46 am
    You know that study, the one that's been in the news lately, about how lots of serial killers are autistic?This one?That study... Yeah, it's bad science, or bad journalism, depending on whether it's the researcher or the reporter who made the leap from "people say you have autism" to "you actually have autism".What they did was look at news articles about serial killers and mass murderers. Then they checked to see which ones the press had speculated about having ASD traits. About a quarter had had a newspaper reporter make that assumption about them. Only one,…
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    Whitterer on Autism

  • Learning Curve-Marketing Swizzle

    Madeline
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
  • Post trumps Male

    Madeline
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Talking of family matters, one of my stories is included in the Not Your Mother’s Book on Family.   NYMB available on Amazon and other independent booksellers such as Powell’s which also has my other contribution in Not Your Mother’s Book on Being a Mom. Which had a great review in The Northern Star.
  • Cultural and Societal Acceptance

    Madeline
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Talking of family matters, one of my stories is included in the Not Your Mother’s Book on Family.   NYMB available on Amazon and other independent booksellers such as Powell’s which also has my other contribution in Not Your Mother’s Book on Being a Mom. Which had a great review in The Northern Star.
  • Ground dwellers

    Madeline
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
  • Diction

    Madeline
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:29 pm
 
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  • Autism CARES Act passes the Senate

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014 (Autism CARES Act) has passed the Senate, per TheHill.com. Autism CARES now moves on to the desk of President Obama. Autism CARES continues the government’s commitment to support autism research, authorzing $260 million a year. It further continues the structure whereby coordination of research efforts by government and private organizations includes stakeholder input through the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. – By Matt Carey note: I serve as a public member to the IACC but my…
  • Tax form for American Citizens for Health Choice

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    With the recent article on the financial documents for the Canary Party, it’s worth noting that the same team behind the Canary Party has a charity “American Citizens For Health Choice”. They have a site, HealthChoice.org. A while back I discussed them in the comments for a Canary Party article. As a charity they file tax forms (form 990) which are made public. Here’s their 2012 form. They had $74,000 in revenue and $60,638 in expenses. So, don’t think that just because money isn’t going to the Canary Party that this team is backing off. Of their revenue,…
  • More Canary Party financial documents

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    The Canary Party is a tiny organization focused on promoting the idea that vaccines cause autism. They have branched out some with GMOs and “health freedom”, but their core seems to be the failed idea that vaccines cause autism. I’ve previously posted some of their financial documents (here and here) Here are finance disclosure forms for 2011 2012 2013 2014 They took in $72,018.66 in 2011 $48,748.95 in 2012 $17,425.00 in 2013 $6,275.00 reported as of June 2014 they had about $3,100 on hand as of June 2014. Where before they had some large donors and a number of small donors,…
  • Are congressmen Justin Amash and Rick Nolan being courted by the vaccine/autism community?

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The groups promoting the idea that vaccines have caused an epidemic of autism have always been politically active. There’s been a resurgence in recent years, with the Canary Party and lobbying and donations and lobbying asking for congressional hearings on autism. When I got an email today from Generation Rescue (an organization promoting the idea that vaccinesasking me to donate to Congressman Bill Posey, I thought I’d take a new look at opensecrets.org and see what donations have been made lately. Canary Party officer Jennifer Larson donates from her company (Vibrant…
  • The Age of Autism wants people to donate to Congressman Bill Posey…because “money=influence”

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Here’s a screenshot from the Age of Autism Facebook page: click to enlarge. I was going to make some comments, but it says a lot just on it’s own. – By Matt Carey
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  • Is De-Auticizing the Goal?

    Susan Senator
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    This New York Times piece came my way, and frankly I’m pretty disappointed. “Kids Who ‘Beat’ Autism” is the title, so right away you can see the bias. The author, Ruth Padawer, obviously thinks she is onto something new (decades-old Applied Behavioral Analysis, ABA, of all things) by showing that sometimes such treatments “work” and the kids lose all their autism symptoms. But what she is not seeing is the harm such a viewpoint can unintentionally cause. The thrust of the article is to draw our sympathy for the families whose kids do not de-auticize,…
  • Loving Nat

    Susan Senator
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Loving Nat — The Jewish Advocate, July 11, 2014 My day suddenly became very dark when I got the call: “Nat’s had an incident.” This happened when he was at his most anxious, and we did not know why. He was biting himself. Yelling, stomping. He’d punched a wall, apparently. He had to leave the store he was in. No, Nat, no! I moaned in my head. Not after all your hard work. Nat is 24 and has autism, alleged developmental delay, possible sensory issues, suspected processing disorders, really a whole smorgasbord of challenges and disabilities. He also has a keen eye for detail, an…
  • Are We Sure We Should Close All Sheltered Workshops?

    Susan Senator
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:40 pm
    How to balance the will of the majority with the needs of the few? In the case of the Inclusion movement, balance may prove elusive. Like so many movements, the cause of disability rights is saddled with a heavy history that advocates now want to be sure to avoid. In the past we had institutions. The documented abuse that inmates suffered is the stuff of horror films. Now the trend is to close all sheltered workshops. Vermont and Massachusetts are among the first to take measures towards that goal. Of course; these are two of the most progressive states in the country, and sheltered workshops…
  • Great Father’s Day Book

    Susan Senator
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    PERFECT FOR FATHER’S DAY! I just found out that my New York Times “Lives” column from 2010 is being published in a small NYT anthology of Lives columns, “Moms and Dads” From the Lives Column.   Available at the following places: Featured TBook this month, available for free (?) to Times subscribers, iTunes,  Amazon, B&N And elsewhere.
  • No Wholesale Blame; Instead, Reframe

    Susan Senator
    28 May 2014 | 9:33 am
    The Washington Post, which ran a story last week about how a new study is attempting to tie autism to serial killing. The Post published the article even though researchers involved were quick to point out that their work was nowhere near complete. And for those who had the patience to read through to the end, it also became clear that the study was based on some very spurious techniques (such as looking at certain historic killers and speculating about their lack of eye contact, their inability to empathize). To its credit, the Post quoted The Autism Society of America, a longtime advocacy…
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    I Speak of Dreams

  • #BlogHer14: Birds of a Feather Mini-Con: Special Needs

    Liz
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    The panelists, Jen Lee Reeves, Shannon Rosa, and Kristina Chew.                       Before we launch into the 2014 summary, some history is in order. Special Needs bloggers haven't always been represented at BlogHer. #BlogHer14: Back Story on Special Needs at BlogHer, 2005-2008 (Shannon and Kristina were on the very first, 2008 panel). #BlogHer14: Back Story on Special Needs at BlogHer, 2009 and 2010 (Shannon was on the 2010 panel) #BlogHer14: Back Story on Special Needs at BlogHer, 2011 Edition (Shannon was on the 2011 panel).
  • #BlogHer14: Back Story on Special Needs at BlogHer, 2012 and 2013

    Liz
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    BLOGHER12 (New York)   There was a “Healthminder Day” the Thursday before the main conference with breakout sessions aimed at mothers of children with special needs. Blogging about Your Special Needs Child The more we share, the less isolated we feel. Blogging gives us the opportunity to convey messages of hope, strength, and reward alongside the challenges. But it is not without risk: Our blogging can expose us to debate about each care-giving decision. And when we blog, we share not just our stories, but our child’s, in a very public forum. Many of us question our right to do…
  • #BlogHer14: Back Story on Special Needs at BlogHer, 2011 Edition

    Liz
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Image Source: http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/2011/08/thinking-persons-guide-to-autism-at.html Left to right, Shannon, Aurelia, Robert, Julia BlogHer11 was a big deal for special-needs bloggers. Julia Roberts (Support for Special Needs)  lobbied hard for a big special-needs presence at BlogHer, and got great support from the BlogHer team. The panelists' biographies are here. Room of Your Own | Special Needs Mini-Conference Friday Lunch 11:45am – 1:15pm Room of Your Own | Special Needs Mini-Conference The special needs blogging community is big enough–and important enough–to…
  • #BlogHer14: Back Story on Special Needs at BlogHer, 2009 and 2010

    Liz
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Previous Special Needs Mini Cons/ Birds of a Feather etc.   BLOGHER09 (Chicago) There was a breakout session,  “PatientBloggers – You Are Not Your Disease, You Just Blog About It Every Day”. AmyT at DiabetesMine: http://www.diabetesmine.com/2009/07/patient-bloggers-at-blogher-09.html Kerri Morrone Sparling at SixUntilMe: http://sixuntilme.com/2009/07/patientbloggers_at_blogher09.html  Loolwa Khazzoom at Dancing with Pain http://dancingwithpain.com/telling-our-stories-support-garnered-from-the-blogher-09-conference/ Image…
  • #BlogHer14: Back Story on Special Needs at BlogHer, 2005-2008

    Liz
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    Image: The first special needs parenting panel at BlogHer in 2008 I should have done this before going to the conference. Some of the folk at the #Blogher14 Special Needs MiniCon might have benefited from the back story.           Previous Special Needs Mini Cons/ Birds of a Feather etc. BlogHer05 (San Jose)--no specific programming or space for special needs parents/ people with disabilities BlogHer06 (San Jose)--no specific programming or space for special needs parents/ people with disabilities BlogHer07 (Chicago)--no specific programming or space for special…
 
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    Adventures in Autism

  • 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…
  • Vaccine Trials Course at Johns Hopkins University, Institute of Higher Brain Washing. I Mean... Learning.

    Ginger Taylor
    11 Aug 2013 | 1:47 pm
    So biomed mom Shannon Strayhorn took a class on from my alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, on vaccine trials.  She offers us a little insight into the brain washing that is taking place inside the halls of "higher learning."So I took a class this summer from Johns Hopkins on VAX trials.  The class was "Vaccine Trials: Methods and Best Practice".  I started taking as many vaccine/health/eviro health classes as possible because I think we need to approach the subject from every imaginable way. Knowing what is being taught and what kind of conversations are bring had is…
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  • 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.
  • Bakery On Main Granola Sandwich Cookies

    Kim Rossi Stagliano
    18 May 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Target had this great brand Bakery On Main  on sale so I snatched up every bag.  I made a chocolate chip cookie base (gluten free) and a peanut butter fudge protein cream filling. A new lunch for the girls this week. Recipe? Hmmm, I wing it but here is a try.1 cup Spectrum butter flavor shortening1/2 cup sugar1/2 Brown sugarMix until smoothAdd 2 eggs mixAdd 1 tsp vanillaCombine 1 1/2 cup Pamela's Artisan GF baking mix, 1 cup GF granola, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt in bowlAdd to wet ingredientsAdd walnuts, raisins, chips as desiredBake 350 10-12 min based on sizeI use…
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  • 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…
  • I Like Smart Smut And I Cannot Lie

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:21 am
    I do love intelligent smut. A smart smutty novel is one of my favorite ways to decompress (and mental decompressing is key right now, after the wonderful whirlwind that was BlogHer14).Unfortunately, good smut can be hard to find. The trashy novels in my grandmother's basement blew my naive teenage mind, but in hindsight were indistinguishable Olden Tymes ravishment fantasies (a.k.a. rose-tinted rape), combined with breathless and statistically improbable odes to schlongs of unusual size. Ew to that. Adult me wants well-written smut, ideally of a fantasy, sci-fi, or historical bent; with…
  • Self-Pity Is for Suckers: My BlogHer14 10x10 Project Talk

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Image description: Red-headed dork holding papers,wearing a dress, speaking. In front of blue & purple BG.Photo credit: Marla/@DvinMsMThis is the prepared text from my BlogHer 10x10 speech. Which went well, I think. I did go off script a bit but this is the core.  Update: For extra punch, see the official LiveBlog of the entire opening keynote, and Liz Ditz's enhanced Storify version of my talk.Hi. I’m Shannon, I’ve been blogging since 2003 at Squidalicious.com, since 2009 as a BlogHer Contributing editor, and since 2010 as an editor and contributor at Thinking Person’s Guide…
  • I'm BlogHer14 Bound. Are You?

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The BlogHer14 conference is in one week, in fabulous downtown San Jose. I am speaking there. Twice! As you might have guessed by all those banners to the left. Are you coming to the conference? If not, here is the agenda and how to register*. Please come. Because I am freaking out a bit. Old-timey camaraderie at BlogHer '06: SJ & Laura & my natural hair color.I am not freaking about speaking, not so much. I speak all over the place all the time (plus I spoke at BlogHer '08, BlogHer '10, & BlogHer '11). Speaking is monologuing and that is easy; small talk, & conversations with…
  • The Poppy Seeds

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    California poppies. Growing in my pavers.[Image Description: Bright orange-yellow flowers punctuating a small green bush, with long greenseed pods poking out at intervals, all growing in the seam between dark gray patio paver blocks]If you're a "life's little pleasures" sort like me, then perhaps you'll get why one of my favorite early summer activities is gathering California poppy seeds. Our poppies reseed themselves all over our yard (and between our pavers) without our help, of course, but it's tremendous, satisfying fun to pluck the just-ready, slightly dried pods and have them pop…
 
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  • Innocent until...

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    We recently refinanced our house. As people who have been through the process of buying or refinancing a home know, there are frequently many hoops to jump through, sometimes very inconvenient hoops. During one of those hoops, I had a financial person tell me something I knew not to be true. It was his way of "reassuring" me. Don't worry little lady. But, so as not to "ruin" our changes for the refi, I didn't tell him he was wrong. Flash-forward to this weekend, when everything was supposed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I Cut My Hair Off

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Yeah, so I made a major change at the beginning of this month: the day before Independence Day; how appropriate. I didn't post a dramatic, teasing, heading-to-the-salon "before" photo in real-time, or snap a pic of a mountainous pile of hair or anything like that. I posted a quick "before/after" comparison thing (with photos I took mere hours apart) just for fun on Instagram (at left) and then changed my profile pic on social media without any commentary, just to see what people would say. I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Yin and Yang

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    My family spent five days at a beach house last week. It was an amazing time: sitting in a beautiful house overlooking the beach, exploring tidepools, dodging waves, walking on pretty trails, biking around the quiet neighborhood, eating bread from a delicious local bakery, and playing various sports in the yard. I wasn't 100% "off duty" on work. I never am. But, doing work while overlooking the ocean is vastly different than the usual. I had a wonderful time with my family; and my family had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lonely

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    There are some days when I really wish I had a sister. Or a daughter. But, I have neither. There are some days I really wish I was not a woman. To admit that makes me weak. Just the thing that I hate about being female. But I don't want to be a guy, either. I'm in a house full of men. That's not the point. I want a safe space to just be myself. I want someone to understand. Not to judge. #YesAllWomen really hit me hard Because it is true. And somehow the guys were... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Meta

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:23 pm
    If something funny, sad, inspirational, or odd happens, it used to be that I'd think, "Ah, better make it a blog post!" These days, the short stuff goes on Twitter, some of the medium stuff goes on Facebook, and photos of course go on Instagram. I miss writing. I miss talking about things that matter to me. I still have thoughts that I want to develop, but whether they are worthy of public posting is another matter. It is funny, but the value I place on my own opinions extends to others'... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Today We Sold Half of Our Real-Estate Empire

    Stimey
    31 Jul 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
  • My New House, a.k.a. the Anti-Blogging Kingdom

    Stimey
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
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  • Noise Dysregulation and Running Regulation

    Stimey
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:04 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
  • Mile Zero, Smile Eight Million

    Stimey
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:13 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
  • Time Keeps on Slippin’

    Stimey
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:34 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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    Facing Autism in New Brunswick

  • Mother and Severely Autistic Son Evicted by Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation Will Be Homeless Friday, August 1

    H L Doherty
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    "People with Autism Spectrum Disorder may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their  environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items. ... the symptoms of people with ASD will fall on a continuum, with some individuals showing mild symptoms and others having much more severe symptoms"American Psychiatric Association, Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet   [Underlining added for emphasis - HLD]Mistie Delorey is a single mother currently residing in a property of the Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation.  Her son  with severe…
  • It's Still "Gotta Be Genetic" as Autism Genetic Research Re-Invents Itself Yet Again

    H L Doherty
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
      National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:  Gene-Environment Interaction: Nearly all diseases result from a complex interaction between an individual’s genetic make-up and the environmental agents that he or she is exposed to.Genetic research has maintained a near monopoly over autism causation research dollars for many years and with that financial monopoly the belief that autism disorders are necessarily genetically caused or triggered. If holes appear in existing gene theories of autism causation the autism research world regroups and sends up a new…
  • Why ABA for Autism? Because Children with Autism Disorders Deserve Evidence-Based Intervention and ABA Meets That Standard

    H L Doherty
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Autism Canada Foundation, a Canadian autism charity,  promotes itself as "The PREMIER Resource for Information on Autism Spectrum Disorders" but  typically downplays the importance of evidence support for ABA as the Premier autism intervention while promoting interventions with less substantial  evidence bases as determined by study and  credible authorities.  Why criticize Autism Canada Foundation an autism charity? Why ABA for Autism? Why Evidence Based Intervention?  Because, as stated by Couper and Sampson in the Medical Journal of Australia 11 years…
  • Dear Canada Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance: Important Autism News for Your Members

    H L Doherty
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
      The fight for a REAL National Autism Strategy including Medicare coverage of ABA for autism began more than 15 years ago in courts in BC and in  the offices of Fredericton MP Andy Scott, joined by Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer, former PEI MP Shawn Murphy,  and  Ontario MP Glenn Thibeault and has  continued under the leadership of the Medicare for Autism NOW! organizaton.Members of CASDA, the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance, might be interested in the strong federal NDP  statementof commitment to a REAL National Autism…
  • Election 2014: Will Severely Autistic Adults Continue to Suffer Under An Alward Government As They Have Since 2010?

    H L Doherty
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    New Brunswick has made progress in early intervention and student autism services but adult autistic needs, particularly severely autistic adults, have been ignored, completely ignored during the last 4 years.  The article below originally appeared during the last provincial election period posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.   Zero progress, absolutely zero progress has been seen in adult autism care under the Alward government. Everyone has their priorities but for David Alward adults with severe autism disorders are not even on his list. Today we still banish…
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    ASF Blog

  • 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
  • Costs of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the United Kingdom and the United States

    autismsciencefoundation
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Having an accurate estimate of the economic cost of autism has many implications for service and system planning. The most recent estimates are almost a decade old and had to rely on many estimates for which there were no good data. Today in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers, including ASF Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. David Mandell, updated older estimates and further expanded our understanding of costs by estimating them for two countries: the United States and the United Kingdom. They also estimated costs separately for children and adults, and for individuals with autism with and…
  • IMFAR 2014: A Refreshing Refocusing

    autismsciencefoundation
    29 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    By Rachel Zamzow The International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in Atlanta, GA brought together 1,800 scientists, clinicians, sponsors and stakeholders for the purpose of exchanging ideas, fostering collaborations and ultimately examining the current state of autism research. The meeting also represented a refocusing within the field, as keynote speakers and presenters called the scientific community to adjust how major questions in autism research are approached. One call for change involved embracing and addressing the inherent heterogeneity of autism. The notion that hundreds,…
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    Autism Blogs Directory

  • 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…
  • 15, autistic and wary of awareness...

    kathleen
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
     ~"These are the things that require neither signs nor       labels. Churches, coffins, and urinals all proclaim,This is what I am.No questions asked."~ Andrew Smith~Grasshopper Jungle(cross posted from www.autismherd.blogspot.com)   Autism awareness month is about to rear it's weird head..and I have been wondering (after five plus years of blogging)- what more I could say about it. By this point everyone is aware-so, now what? Really? What does awareness mean or do anyway?  This past week-I have learned what it means to my Sam.(I didn't even know that…
 
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • Tip of the Week: Minimize Tantrums with High and Low-Quality Attention

    Different Roads to Learning
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Recently I began working with a family who has a six year old boy with autism named Austin (all names and identifying details have been changed to protect confidentiality). His mother was describing Austin’s behaviors when he couldn’t have something he wanted. She told me about him hitting his parents and younger brother, sweeping all materials off tables and shelves, and throwing himself on the floor. She was worried that he might hurt himself or hurt someone else. She told me that when he started this behavior, they would say, “Stop hitting.” They had been doing this for months,…
  • Pick of the Week: Sensible Pencil

    Different Roads to Learning
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Save 15%* this week on Sensible Pencil, an easy-to-use handwriting program for both parents and professionals to use with their learners. Children learn to print upper- and lowercase letters and numbers, using eleven basic lines. Use our promo code PENCIL3 this week only to redeem your savings on the Sensible Pencil handwriting workbook. Designed to help new writers achieve success quickly, this carefully structured program contains sequential worksheets that move ahead in short easy to achieve steps. The child can start with simple horizontal and vertical lines that are presented as fun, and…
  • Simplifying the Science: Are You Giving Your Student Enough Freedom?

    Different Roads to Learning
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    One of my favorite research papers was published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis in 1990 by Diane J. Bannerman, Jan B. Sheldon, James A. Sherman, and Alan E. Harchik. The title is Balancing the Right to Habilitation with the Right to Personal Liberties: The Rights of People with Developmental Disabilities to Eat Too Many Doughnuts and Take a Nap. It’s an in-depth look at the level of control practitioners can exert over the individuals they serve, and the implications of that control. It’s important to consider the ethical implications of requiring the individuals we…
  • Pick of the Week: Following Auditory Directions—Improve Auditory Processing of Visual & Spatial Information

    Different Roads to Learning
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Improve auditory attention, processing, and memory of visual and spatial information with Following Auditory Directions by SLP Jean Gilliam DeGaetano, and save 15%* on it when you apply our promo code FAD15 at checkout! With 33 different cartoon illustrations and accompanying instructor directions, this unit will help your students stay engaged and attentive, as they listen carefully and translate auditory directions onto their picture pages. Each instructor’s page also has directions so that parents may review lessons at home as needed. Example directions include: Circle the picture…
  • Tip of the Week: Use Technology to Promote Social Interactions Between You and Your Child

    Sam Blanco
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Last month I had the privilege to speak in New Jersey at the 2014 Statewide Conference for Fathers of Children with Special Needs. I love the opportunity to speak with parents, and this conference allowed for lots of small group discussion that centered on the individual needs of each of the families represented there. My focus was on utilizing technology, and one of the fathers said, “You know, I see what you’re saying about how I can use the iPad to increase social interaction, but my son won’t do that with me. When I try to work with him on the iPad, he just wants to go to Temple…
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • 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)
  • Big Sister

    Devon Alley
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    On the morning of June 20th, 2014, my amazing daughter A. became a big sister as we welcomed my new daughter, K., into the world. The past two weeks have been a pretty incredible journey, and I've been very proud of how well A. has handled all of the...(read more)
  • Conversations While Swimming

    Devon Alley
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    I know I've blogged about it before, but it's amazing how much my daughter will come out of her shell and be willing to connect with people when she's immersed in water. It's not even that she's simply receptive to interaction while submerged -- she actually...(read more)
  • Friends on the Other Side of the World

    Devon Alley
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    Rhe past couple of weeks, my daughter has been spending her evenings chatting with a boy who lives in California. They know each other from their respective artwork and shared interests, and they use headsets and microphones to watch YouTube videos together,...(read more)
  • Wrapping Up Middle School

    Devon Alley
    30 May 2014 | 7:22 am
    As I mentioned in my last entry, I really can't imagine a better ending to A.'s Middle School career than her stellar performance in the annual talent show. It was like the frosting on a delicious if sometimes frustrating cake. A. finished the year with...(read more)
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    The Autism News

  • Du mauvais usage du mot « Autiste…

    The Autism News
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    By Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: http://blogs.lexpress.fr/the-autist/2014/08/01/du-mauvais-usage-du-mot-autiste/
  • Mi nombre es Diego – El autismo en la adultez

    The Autism News
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    By Josue Acuña (YouTube) Nos adentramos a la vida y cotidianidad de Diego un joven que padece de autismo. Para poder develar mitos y verdades de este poco e incomprendido trastorno. Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfRlRuq-foI
  • Descubren el origen de la hipersensibilidad al sonido en el autismo

    The Autism News
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    By Pilar Quijada | Blogs ABC El autismo es un trastorno del neurodesarrollo caracterizado por el deterioro de las interacciones sociales, la comunicación verbal y no verbal, y por comportamientos restringidos y repetitivos. El diagnóstico se basa únicamente en el análisis del comportamiento ya que se desconocen los marcadores biológicos y las bases neurológicas de la enfermedad. Para avanzar en su conocimiento, se han desarrollado una serie de modelos de autismo en ratón. Como los humanos, los ratones son animales sociales y se comunican a través de vocalizaciones específicas de cada…
  • Futura mamá: consejos para un embarazo y un bebé saludable

    The Autism News
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    By Dr. Michael Roizen y Dr. Mehmet Oz | La Voz de Houston Durante el embarazo, el feto en desarrollo se sintoniza con su madre y reacciona a su voz, saborea la comida que ella ingirió y experimenta el movimiento cuando ella camina. Pero las madres tienen una mayor influencia en la salud y la felicidad de sus bebés. Investigaciones han hallado que tanto en el útero como después de nacer, los genes de algunos niños se pueden activar o desactivar en dependencia de lo que haga o no haga mamá mientras está gestando. Y eso puede afectar su salud y sensación de felicidad a lo largo de la…
  • Sone kids leave autism behind

    The Autism News
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    By WCPO (YouTube) Researchers don’t know why Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPBU1mlN8aQ
 
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    We Go With Him

  • 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...
  • 'Stick With Me'

    Kristina Chew
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
    In the midst of a heavy-duty perseveration episode in which Charlie said 'Berkeley' at least once every minute for over 2 hours last night, I...
  • Charlie in Napa

    Kristina Chew
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    It just occurred to me that in the six months plus that we've now been in California, we haven't once been to the ER, which...
  • What Virgil's Sibyl Said

    Kristina Chew
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Charlie's first week back in summer school after three weeks of 'school camp' was tough so --it's time to quote Virgil. facilis descensus Averno: noctes...
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    Autism from a Father's Point of View

  • 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…
  • Disability Savings Benefits For Low-Income Families With Special Needs

    Samuel
    30 May 2014 | 5:22 am
    Canada Disability Savings Bonds The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a wonderful savings vehicle for people with prolonged disability. It may attract two key benefits from the government. One is the Canada Disability Savings Grants, a very helpful matching grant to enhance the savings for the person with special needs. However, I’m often being asked the question: “If a low-income family could not afford to make any contribution now, how could they get benefited from having a RDSP account?” This is when the Canada Disability Savings Bonds (CDSB) comes into play.   The…
  • Dear news media, this is how you fail the autism community so badly

    Stuart Duncan
    24 May 2014 | 5:39 pm
    The autism community’s biggest enemy, by far, is the news media. How so? Well, first of all they report the “terror” of autism, the “suffering” of autism. Secondly, they take any report that says “We put X and Y in a room together and found a Z% correlation” and create sensationally outrageous headlines such as “Z is caused by X!!!! Your children are doomed!!” If you are not a part of the autism community, I can understand how this must appear to be an over exaggeration. If you are in the autism community, thank you for recognizing that it…
  • PETA STFU ASAP – signed, the autism community

    Stuart Duncan
    23 May 2014 | 10:24 am
    PETA has unveiled a new ad campaign that aims to turn people to the vegan side. Now, there’s nothing wrong with deciding to become a vegan. But creating an ad campaign to scare people with the dreaded “autism disease” to do it? That’s beyond disgusting. Their article, along with a billboard image that they’ll be using, is shown below: http://www.peta.org/features/got-autism-learn-link-dairy-products-disease/           Allow me to respond to various points in this “article”, point by point. 1. “Got Autism?”…
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    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.
  • Aspergers: Where I am on the ASD Spectrum

    mud
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Below is a list of symptoms from the Mayo Clinic website that describe certain traits and behaviours observed in people on the ASD spectrum. I’ve decided to go through the list and see what elements I can relate with and to comment on in what way. I’m aware it’s not a definitive list of symptoms […] The post Aspergers: Where I am on the ASD Spectrum appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
  • Work

    mud
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    As a Sys Admin I tend to get sucked into my work. I find it’s easy to focus on my work because it’s purely technical. Every problem has a logical cause and every solution ends at a logical conclusion. I’ve worked in many different areas of IT in the last 8 years. I’ve found working […] The post Work appeared first on my Cartesian Theatre.
 
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