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  • Understanding severe autism - critical role for the CTNND2 gene

    Autism News From Medical News Today
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A newly identified gene that is associated with severe autism provides new clues about the factors that cause this neurodevelopmental disorder.
  • My Autism Awareness Month Playlist

    AGE OF AUTISM
    Age of Autism
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    By Cathy Jameson As I’ve written in the past, I used to love the month of April. April brings warmer weather, springtime, and new life. More importantly, it brings my birthday! I’ve always looked forward to this time of year....
  • Discovering age-specific brain changes in autism

    Autism News -- ScienceDaily
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Individuals with autism spectrum disorder exhibit different patterns of brain connectivity when compared to typically developing individuals, scientists report, and those patterns adjust as the individual ages, research shows.
  • Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month and Win Your Own "Squawkers McCaw"

    Square 8
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Readers of this now mostly silent blog will know that Squawkers McCaw is an ambassador of Autism Acceptance. Since 2007, the animatronic parrot has accompanied me to work, speaking engagements, meals “in the community” and pretty much anywhere else I go. Sometimes we talk about autism, but I like even better the times we just are what we are. Squawkers is all about making the world a more friendly place for the neurodivergent. Of course there is only one Squawkers McCaw. But now you have the opportunity to adopt a parrot like Squawkers who is looking for a home. If you are the winner…
  • Goodbye, Ron.

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    Mel Baggs
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:09 am
    My favorite picture of my dad, farm boy to the core and grinning from ear to ear.  Once he found out I liked the overalls, he wore them every time he visited me. But last time we visited… call it a premonition, call it whatever you like, it was the first time we cried when saying goodbye.  We both knew we’d never see each other in person again.  Neither of us could say it.   But we knew. About a year and a half later, they diagnosed him with cancer that had metastasized pretty much everywhere, to the point they couldn’t find the origin. I’d thought that you could…
 
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  • My Autism Awareness Month Playlist

    Age of Autism
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    By Cathy Jameson As I’ve written in the past, I used to love the month of April. April brings warmer weather, springtime, and new life. More importantly, it brings my birthday! I’ve always looked forward to this time of year....
  • My Life Derailed.

    Age of Autism
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:43 am
    By Dara Berger I was looking at Facebook this morning and noticed another mother made a comment about going through PTSD the day after seeing the NYC Premiere of Trace Amounts. So I thought I would share my own PTSD...
  • Weekly Wrap: Wasting the Wait for Enterovirus 68

    Age of Autism
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    By Dan Olmsted Spring has sprung, at least theoretically, in daffodil-deprived Washington. Warmer weather will soon favor a resurgence of enterovirus 68, the virus that first appeared in severe and paralytic forms in 2013 as a small cluster in California,...
  • Here’s Hope – Andy Wakefield and Ethan By Dan Burns

    Age of Autism
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    By Dan Burns Enjoy this highlight from the Texans for Vaccine choice rally in Austin, March 25. Ethan, a 12-year-old child recovering from autism, asked a great “what if” question. Listen to Dr. Andy Wakefield’s surprising answer:
  • In Perspective: Autism 2015 - Still a Mystery

    Age of Autism
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:44 am
    Excerpted from Vaccination News with permission. F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP Autism has increased at a much faster rate than all other disabilities served under IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. At the CDC, all matters related to autism...
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  • Discovering age-specific brain changes in autism

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Individuals with autism spectrum disorder exhibit different patterns of brain connectivity when compared to typically developing individuals, scientists report, and those patterns adjust as the individual ages, research shows.
  • Blood test may shed new light on Fragile X related disorders

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    A blood test may shed new light on Fragile X syndrome related disorders in women, according to a new study. Fragile X is the most common inherited form of intellectual disability and the most frequent genetic cause of autism.
  • New autism-causing genetic variant identified

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Using a novel approach that homes in on rare families severely affected by autism, a team of researchers has identified a new genetic cause of the disease. The rare genetic variant offers important insights into the root causes of autism, the researchers say. And, they suggest, their unconventional method can be used to identify other genetic causes of autism and other complex genetic conditions.
  • Autistic children more likely to have GI issues in early life

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Children with autism spectrum disorder were two-and-a-half times more likely to have persistent gastrointestinal symptoms as infants and toddlers than children with typical development, researchers report.
  • Hormone level predicts how the brain processes social information

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    People with higher levels of oxytocin have greater activity in regions of the brain that support social cognition, a psychology study indicates. The study has implications for better understanding how oxytocin interacts with cognition in both healthy people and people with disordered social behavior. For example, low levels of oxytocin have previously been associated with social deficits often found in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
 
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  • Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month and Win Your Own "Squawkers McCaw"

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Readers of this now mostly silent blog will know that Squawkers McCaw is an ambassador of Autism Acceptance. Since 2007, the animatronic parrot has accompanied me to work, speaking engagements, meals “in the community” and pretty much anywhere else I go. Sometimes we talk about autism, but I like even better the times we just are what we are. Squawkers is all about making the world a more friendly place for the neurodivergent. Of course there is only one Squawkers McCaw. But now you have the opportunity to adopt a parrot like Squawkers who is looking for a home. If you are the winner…
  • Blue Light Special on Awareness in Aisle 5

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    You want awareness? Here are some things to think about. Autistic people are at extremely high risk for unemployment and underemployment.  Some of us have a hard time getting jobs or even interviews due to differences in social interaction styles.  Others have been shunted into sheltered workshops where they are paid wages that would be illegal if the worker did not have a disability. Some of us have been beaten down by a lifetime of being told we were worthless.  When we get a Nickel and Dimed type job, we are grateful, sure it’s the best thing that could have happened. I…
  • 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…
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  • Goodbye, Ron.

    Mel Baggs
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:09 am
    My favorite picture of my dad, farm boy to the core and grinning from ear to ear.  Once he found out I liked the overalls, he wore them every time he visited me. But last time we visited… call it a premonition, call it whatever you like, it was the first time we cried when saying goodbye.  We both knew we’d never see each other in person again.  Neither of us could say it.   But we knew. About a year and a half later, they diagnosed him with cancer that had metastasized pretty much everywhere, to the point they couldn’t find the origin. I’d thought that you could…
  • 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…
 
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  • I've changed my mind.

    Lisa D.
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Over the past few days I've been working on a new database--the Memorial Annex, which as you might guess is an annex to the autism memorial. Rather that proper memorials, it's a simple list of identifying information for disabled homicide victims, to help other people doing research on other disabilities (or all disabilities), and to get a more comprehensive list for next year's Day of Mourning.During my research for this site, I've come across a lot of killers who were given the death penalty for their crimes, and I've been doing some thinking. Growing up, and until quite…
  • Day of Mourning 2015: Murder of the Disabled Q&A

    Lisa D.
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Today I'll be joining an online vigil for the 2015 Day of Mourning. The point of the vigil is to commemorate people with disabilities who were murdered by their families and caretakers--killed by the people who were supposed to protect them.Filicide of the Disabled: What is it?"Filicide" is a subcategory of homicide. It refers to the killing of a child by the parent. This vigil focuses on disabled people who were killed by their caregivers--usually the parents, but sometimes siblings, relatives, or unrelated household members. Technically, these aren't all filicides, but…
  • Yes, I'm okay.

    Lisa D.
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    A few days ago, someone posted on my journal that they were worried because I haven't posted for two months. I appreciate the concern--I really do; it makes me feel connected to the rest of the world that someone would notice that I haven't managed to post for so long. I want to reassure you all that I am indeed okay; I've just been having some trouble lately that's been taking up all of my attention.I thought about it and I realized that maybe it would help to explain things to the anonymous Internet; isn't that the point of a blog? Well--this blog has been more like a…
  • After the Happy Ending

    Lisa D.
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    This entry contains spoilers for Disney's Tangled.So what happens to Rapunzel after she gets her happy ending? She's out of the tower where she's spent her whole life. Mother Gothel is long-overdue dead and dusted. She finally gets to meet people. She gets to have her birth family. She finds out she's royalty. The guy she loves just proved how much he loved her. What could be better? Roll credits.... right?But things aren't so rosy for the princess, are they? She's a sheltered child who's just been thrust into the monarchy. Her entire life, she's had parenting…
  • We're All a Little Autistic

    Lisa D.
    29 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    NT toddlers flap their hands.NT teenagers love roller coasters.NT adults are shy.NTs are late talkers.NTs misread each others' intentions.NTs find perfume, loud music, or wool sweaters to be unbearable.NTs stutter, fidget, and get burned out.NTs can even have meltdowns.So is it true that "we're all a little autistic", even the most neurotypical of us? Yes and no.People with an autism diagnosis have one for a reason. Usually it's because, in some or all environments, throughout some or all of their lifetime, they have had trouble doing things that are expected of the average neurotypical.
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  • Struggling to Communicate with People my Whole Life

    theamazinj
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Communication is key!! However, I have been struggling to communicate with people my whole life from speech difficulties, being Autistic (not being a mainstream general person), and living my life as a person who cannot understand the jargon most people including my family tries to convey to me. This is when self-advocacy becomes important especially when I need my space too, understanding other people’s words spoken to me, and knowing when to communicate with or without my mouth. Communication is key!! But, my communication style has always been a struggle for others to understand. I…
  • a poem called “It’s time to FINALLY listen to each other”

    theamazinj
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    Go Set Go set go let my self go and my people go TOO! It’s time for the artist’s way It’s time for paint It’s time to write It’s time for movement It’s time for music It’s time for dance It’s time to dance like my grandpa It’s time to listen It’s really time to listen It’s really really time for Autism Speaks to listen It’s really time for society to listen that the medical model of disability is a problem that continues to stigmatize and stereotype any one who is different without embracing individuality and celebrating…
  • The Importance of living a Self-Determined Life

    theamazinj
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:18 am
    Self-determined language is very important for any one to know that any one can identify themselves the way any one feels comfortable with. Self-determination is also a way to be involved with our own life, our own feelings, our own conversations about us, and not involved with anything any one influences us about. Emotional abuse can hurt a lot when people turn to us when saying or referring to our way of being as if we are not even human or we need to take medications to pass for a particular specific person’s individuality. This does not allow us to be our own individualistic self.
  • For June 18, 2015: 6th Annual Autistic Artistic Carnival for Autistic Pride Day BANNER will be out the end of the week!

    theamazinj
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    Have no FEAR, have no ANGER, have no HATE…why????? Because the love of the Autistic Artistic Carnival is coming back once again for Autistic Pride Day June 18!!!! That means that this is the 6th annual ONLINE event!!!! remember it’s always for all ages for ALL Autistic people in this culture of Disability Culture. Any one who wants to suggest a banner idea, please email me at autisticprideday@gmail.com for any suggestions you may have… I have been busy with GRADUATE SCHOOL and need your help to get this banner out… It could be past Carnival participants, classmates of…
  • a poem about “Seeing our own true authentic self”

    theamazinj
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:38 am
    By Theamazinj Sometimes we see, Sometimes we see too close, Sometimes we see too far, Sometimes we hear only certain things Sometimes we feel only what we want to feel Sometimes we engage with only what we want to engage, Sometimes we don’t want to feel even if it’s too painful from Ableism, and from any other discriminations in our lives, Sometimes we just want to see everything Sometimes we just need a deep pressure hug for sensory, Many times we just don’t want to be touched too abruptly and without warning, Sometimes we just need sensory experiences to help organize our…
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    Wrong Planet - Asperger / Autism News

  • What’s the Deal With Us, Anyway?

    Jeffrey Deutsch
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    So…Cracked.com’s Robert Evans sat down recently with several high-functioning autistic folks. Since I wasn’t one of them, I get to offer my own perspective Potshot Privileges. Yeah, pop culture gets it wrong sometimes. What else is new? Oh yes, many of us are either unemployed or underemployed, friendless and/or alone. And that’s not really represented on screen, eg, “The Big Bang Theory”. (As for sarcasm…yes, that’s hard for many Aspies to detect. So are lies to hurt others’ feelings. I’d say both of these are about as easy…
  • Day of Mourning 2015: Murder of the Disabled Q&A

    Callista
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    On March 1st, I joined an online vigil for the 2015 Day of Mourning. The point of the vigil is to commemorate people with disabilities who were murdered by their families and caretakers–killed by the people who were supposed to protect them. Filicide of the Disabled: What is it? “Filicide” is a subcategory of homicide. It refers to the killing of a child by the parent. This vigil focuses on disabled people who were killed by their caregivers–usually the parents, but sometimes siblings, relatives, or unrelated household members. Technically, these aren’t all…
  • How did the vaccine controversy start and why won’t it go away? by Robert Naseef, Ph.D.

    RNaseef
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Facts are stubborn things, but study after study and warning after warning doesn’t kill the intense fear that many parents have about vaccinating their children. My son, Tariq, received the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) in 1981 around the same time that he lost his speech and started flapping.  From my experience since then, I have gained insight into ‘the vaccine issue’ that makes it at least understandable and may help to even do something about it. Generally the first signs or “Red Flags” of autism, that my son began to show as a toddler, appear in the second year of…
  • Six phrases and questions likely to confuse people with Asperger’s.

    RobertLovesPi
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Throughout this post, I will refer to people with Asperger’s as “Aspies.” This is not considered a derogatory term; it’s simply how we refer to ourselves. First, we are not stupid. We also are not trying to be difficult when we say we don’t understand you. We don’t have a disease, and the vast majority of us would refuse a “cure,” if one were discovered, for such a development would be seen by many of us, myself included, as an attempt to commit genocide. Like other groups of people, we want to stay alive, as individuals, and as a culture. We are, however, different from most…
  • What’s MSSNG in #Autism? – By John Elder Robison

    alex
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    By John Elder Robison Yesterday a new hashtag campaign appeared in my Twitter feed – #MSSNG. It seemed to refer to autism, and a new research project. I had an immediate reaction, based on my interpretation of the letters in the context of the autism discussion – I thought, Missing?  Certainly not.  We may be gifted or we may be disabled but we are certainly here.  And we are complete humans.   I posted that right away, and it launched a flurry of discussion. I wondered what the campaign was about, so I went looking. It’s an initiative by Autism Speaks to sequence the genomes…
 
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  • Autism Speaks:  The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism…but doesn’t let that statement stand alone.

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Autism Speaks has come out with some very strong statements about autism and vaccines.  And the back peddled.  First, here is a statement by Robert Ring, Chief Science Officer: Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism.  The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism.  We urge that all children be fully vaccinated. Rob Ring Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks In the past Autism Speaks had been sympathetic towards the idea that vaccines cause autism.  More than sympathetic, some would…
  • Will a new IACC be seated soon?

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    The United States has a committee enacted by law called the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee or IACC. The IACC describes itself on its web page as: The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through its inclusion of both Federal and public members, the IACC helps to ensure that a wide range of ideas and perspectives are represented and discussed in a public forum. The IACC mission is to: Provide advice to the…
  • D.A.I.R. Foundation 2013 tax form, about $100k in revenue, $20k in program expenses

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A few years back Andrew Wakefield decided to sue the BMJ and Brian Deer.  This followed a series of articles and public statements that Mr. Wakefield’s work was an “elaborate fraud” and Mr. Wakefield himself was a fraud.   Lawsuits involve attorneys and attorneys cost money, so a few efforts arose to help Mr. Wakefield pay for these costs.  I believe the first was the “Dr. Wakefield Justice Fund”.  This didn’t come across as a major effort, the twitter account made three tweets, the website appears to be down (here’s an archived version), and it…
  • Hey Jimmy Kimmel, thanks from your autism community!

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Jimmy Kimmel, member of the autism community (he has an autistic family member) took on the anti-vaccine movement in a segment of his show: He starts out with a monologue and then gives a PSA. The PSA is well worth watching. All the way through. As you can imagine, this did not go over well with some people. He got a lot of hatred flung at him and claims that he is attacking the autism community. It’s the “use my kid as a human shield” defense. And Mr Kimmel (member of the autism communities) stood his ground, with humor: We need more people standing up against those who…
  • Is Andrew Wakefield’s Strategic Autism Initiative failing?

    Sullivan (Matt Carey)
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    When Andrew Wakefield left Thoughtful House he set up a charity, the Strategic Autism Initiative.  Interestingly even now, years after it was founded, it appears to have no website or Facebook page.  What it does have is tax forms because every charity must make those public.   Last year when I looked these tax forms, a few points became apparent.  Most of the money the SAI had taken in (58%) had gone to salaries, with the lion’s share of that going to Mr. Wakefield himself.  In 2012 more money was spent on salaries that was taken in.  SAI appears to have two employees, Andrew…
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  • All three sons are home!

    Susan Senator
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Some of you readers haven’t seen these faces in a long, long time. It’s almost Max’s birthday so he’s home!
  • Asking for, needing, help

    Susan Senator
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    I remember once, when I was in first grade, Mrs. Newman had us write all the numbers up to 100 and beyond. I can see the lined paper in front of me, and the fat pencil with its silver rounded match-head size tip gripped in my chubby hand. I wrote the numbers, “1, 2, 3..” I thought ahead and realized that I did not know what was after 100. Mrs. Newman was mean and so I knew I could not ask her. Everyone was writing their numbers and I asked to go to the bathroom. I left the room and just hid outside the classroom door for the rest of the period, my stomach in knots, because I just…
  • My TV Appearance: Vaccines/Autism

    Susan Senator
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    On Thursday night (2/26/15) I appeared on New England Cable News (NECN) with Dr. Ben Kruskal, Chief of Infectious Disease at Harvard Vanguard, in a show on autism and vaccines: “Measles and Misinformation.” I presented my view as a parent who at one time had been afraid to vaccinate my child, and who subsequently learned the science and the facts about the safety and necessity and civic responsibility regarding vaccination. You can watch it here.
  • Important Workshop, Framingham, Massachusetts

    Susan Senator
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) will present a full day workshop on housing on Saturday, March 28th, at Advocates, 1881 Worcester Road, Framingham. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and work! The goal is to end the day with an idea of what benefits your family member may be eligible for, what you can afford, and what models might be applicable to your situation. We will be completing questionnaires and worksheets, as well as Section 8 applications. You will not need to share this information with anyone; it is for your own personal use. Attendance will be capped at 15 participants. While…
  • Life College Director Job Posting: 3L Place

    Susan Senator
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:42 pm
    My friend Deborah Flaschen founded 3LPlace, a whole new concept in post 22 living, located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Their slogan is: Learning, Living, Linking Adults with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities 3L is booming with success and growth! They are now ready to hire a Director for the Life College. Here is the description of 3L and the job offering: 3LPLACE LIFE COLLEGE DIRECTOR – JOB POSTING Somerville, MA 3LPlace is a dynamic, model community for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities designed to empower them to live fruitful, engaged, and supported…
 
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  • Never Say Never

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    In Saturday's Guardian was an short piece called "What I'm really thinking: the grandmother of an autistic child" in which a woman describes an outing with her 7 year old grandson Jimmy. Obviously we need to have some insight into the difficulties this causes her because that's the standard narrative for any and all articles on autism which centre on a family member and not autistic people themselves. So Grandma describes how "the red-faced Jimmy who is almost out of control" is "screaming and lunging violently at the locked doors" of some public toilets. Later when Jimmy has settled Grandma…
  • Assembly Manual for Autism Articles

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    I haven't seen one of these for a while- a newspaper article on a parent's view of autism that adheres rigorously to the the template I wrote in 2008. Today offering is titled Autism and ABA: 'My beautiful, fun little boy was slipping away from me'. In this we learn how wealthy, beautiful and accomplished Tanja Gullestrup uses tough-love therapy to "stop her losing [her three year old son] to this isolating condition".So here's Step 1-4 of the Autism Article TM Template (Step 5 is optional and refers to vaccination-bashing autism articles) :1: Baby is born2: Everyone rejoices3: Baby…
  • "Autism-Sucks" Parents Dominating Jerry Seinfeld Autism Analysis

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Before reading this post read  Paula C. Durbin-Westby's recent blog post on media framing of autism stories and the real harm this is causing to autistic people. Jerry Seinfeld by David Shankbone via Wikipedia And once again, the parent of an autistic person is given space in a newspaper or magazine to spout off about how awful their lives are, what "real" autism is like and crucially, how dare Jerry Seinfeld claim he has anything in common with their lost and damaged offspring.First out of the blocks on November 10 it was teacher of creative writing, Marie Myung-Ok…
  • What kind of people commit violent crimes?

    28 May 2014 | 4:04 am
    Last week two of the most beloved and significant people in my life were victims of a violent crime. Their home was violated. It was a vicious physical and verbal attack. I shake with anger when I think of what two grown men did that night to people who are only ever kind, helpful, supportive and loving to their family and neighbours. It shakes you to the core when something like this invades your family. I want to do the impossible; turn back time and stop it from ever having happened. The people I love will recover from the physical assault. It will take longer for the psychological damage…
  • Post for #BADD: Stop Excusing Murder

    2 May 2014 | 7:35 am
    Trigger warning for discussion of child murder. Please call your emergency services or local crisis support number if you need immediate and urgent help.Samaritans UK 08457 909090Samaritans Ireland 116 123This is a post for Blogging Against Disablism Day 2014.Disablism means discriminating against people due to their disability. It's unjust and unfair. Disablist attitudes abound in our society and worsened in the past few years as a result of robust campaigning by certain political parties and media outlets depicting disabled people as lazy, scrounging cheats.Disabled lives are…
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  • On "Vaccine Injury": Real, but Exceedingly Rare

    Liz
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    First of all, we need to define some terms.  Researchers do not use the phrase, "vaccine injury" -- that's a phrase from the anti-vaccination movement. Let's say you choose to get yourself an influenza vaccine. Within hours or days of receiving the vaccine, you have an episode of ill-health (bear with me, here). The ill-health can be one of two things:  An Adverse Event: A new medical or physical adverse state,  associated in time with the receipt of the vaccine. This state may or may not have anything to do with the receipt of the vaccine…
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  • Dangers of Genetic Engineering in the Forest

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    NEW JERSEY MAN KILLED IN QUEBEC MAPLE SUGAR EXPLOSION – that is a headline you will never see, but tragedies like that happen every year. Yet the news is suppressed because no one wants to kill the cash cow.  The result: one unsuspecting innocent after another gives their life for tourism, as dollars make a one-way trip across the US-Canada border.   Quebec officials boast that they are the #1 producer of maple sugar and syrup.  “Vermont is a distant #2,” they say derisively.  Meanwhile rumors swirl.  Are they injecting maple growth hormone into their…
  • Autism in India and America

    22 Feb 2015 | 7:36 pm
    What’s the most interesting difference between Indian autism and American autism?  I think it’s the way parents and others perceive it.Indian and American scientists both lament the low level of scientific understanding in their respective countries.  What’s interesting is how that affects people’s interpretation of autism.In American we have a secular culture of blame.  “Someone did me wrong” is an all-pervasive theme in our culture.  We interpret everything from the behavior of other countries to the conduct of ex-spouses through that lens.When it comes to…
  • Have you heard about Neli Latson?

    31 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    He’s a young man with Autism and Intellectual Disability who has been incarcerated since August 2013 as a result of behavior that results from his disability.  He has been held in solitary confinement for most of that time and is presently at a Virginia state prison. You can learn more about this case on the webpage the Arc of Virginia has dedicated to Neli Latson: http://www.thearcofva.org/advocacy/current-advocacy-issues-and-activities/reginald-neli-latson/ Neli is not a criminal. He does not belong in a jail or a prison.  His tragic situation is the result of events surrounding…
  • High Functioning People Like You Don’t Speak for My Child!

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    That is a very common and unfortunate objection to essays describing life on the autism spectrum.  I heard (or read) quite a bit of that in response to my recent column in the MIT Technology Review.  The words seemed to come most often from parents who felt their kids have more major challenges than me.  Much has been written about calling people high functioning or low functioning.  With all respect to you and your situation, I don’t do it anymore and I suggest you don’t either.It’s not accurate, and it’s degrading to us “high and low functioning…
  • What’s MSSNG in #Autism?

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:42 am
    Me, at age 2. Even then, I was #notmssng (c) John Elder RobisonYesterday a new hashtag campaign appeared in my Twitter feed – #MSSNG. It seemed to refer to autism, and a new research project. I had an immediate reaction, based on my interpretation of the letters in the context of the autism discussion - I thought, Missing?  Certainly not.  We may be gifted or we may be disabled but we are definitely here.  And we are complete humans.   I posted that right away, and it launched a flurry of discussion.My response seems to mirror the prevailing sentiment with respect…
 
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  • MaineHealth Remains Completely Unaccountable for False Vaccine Claims. So I Wrote a Bill.

    Ginger Taylor
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    In our last installment of, "Ginger goes bitchcakes about all the Pharma lies being proffered in Maine," we learned that Cassandra Grantham of MaineHealth had lied about vaccine safety, claiming that there were several vaxxed/unvaxxed studies and they all showed no increased autism rates in vaccinated kids.  Research that is as imaginary as the Power Puff Girls.I called her out on it and she only dug a deeper hole, and then said she would not talk to me anymore. So four months ago I decided to go on the fools errand of actually filing complaints against MaineHealth to get the false…
  • Cassandra Grantham of MaineHealth/VaxMaineKids.org Makes False Vaccine Safety Claims on MPBN's Maine Calling

    Ginger Taylor
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Hey Mainer's... you know that ours is the next state to have a target painted on its vaccine exemptions by Offit and CHOP Co., right?  Meet Cassandra Grantham, Maine's very own Offiteer.  She is telling some whoppers about vaccine safety research.Remember last year when Kim Spencer went on a local news broadcast and tore into Dr. Koren Boggs for claiming that there were "several" domestic and international studies that compared vaccinated children to unvaccinated children and found vaccination did not increase the risk for autism?  And remember that it pissed me off so much…
  • Pharmacutical Sales Rep Paul Offit Teaches Doctors to Ignore Pharmacutical Package Inserts

    Ginger Taylor
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    Paul Offit teaches doctors to ignore pharmacutical package inserts, calling the medical information morally and ethically required be given to patients who could be harmed by said pharmacutical, "the bane of [his] existence."Not something that the physician needs to use to fully understand the Rx they might offer to a patient, "the bane of his existance."He is not a doctor, he is a pharma sales rep.Why would you want to see a doctor who is trained by this man?  From the LAT:"I know you doctors keep telling me that vaccines don't cause autism. If that's true, then why is it on this…
  • Please Stop Redefining Autism to Suit Your Own Agenda

    Ginger Taylor
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    So over at TMR, The Eagle wrote a piece on the heat that she has been subject to because she used the word “recovery” in relation to her son's autism. “I always grew up believing the F-word was something we didn’t say. But it turns out that in the autism world, the R word is definitely the bad word.Recovery.It’s all raising its ugly head as I am releasing my book, which has a tag line of “A son’s recovery.” Whoa!“How dare you insinuate your son doesn’t have autism anymore? Just because he’s functioning, doesn’t mean the autism isn’t there.”“You can’t ever…
  • 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!
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  • Never Let Things Go: The Much-Beloved Collapsible Tunnel

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Image: Long neon green collapsible tunnellying on an orange carpetwith two beigey feetses sticking out.Our entire house is in disarray at the moment. For hole in the bucket/If You Give a Mouse a Cookie reasons: For her 16th birthday, we moved Iz into what used to be my office. Finding a place for all the stuff that used to be in my office means revisiting nearly every room in the house. Which meant some of those rooms, after years of paints and glitter glue splattering on walls and play doh being ground into carpets, got recarpeted and repainted. Which meant many more things got moved around.
  • Gratitude for Kindred Autistic Spirits

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    Yesterday Leo and I went to the Bay Area Day of Mourning for people with disabilities killed by parents and caregivers. We came at the end, because sitting through vigils is not easy, and I figured it was better for us to bear witness in the manner that works best for Leo.And I am going to tell you a little thing that happened there, a small gesture that happened to us among the palpable grief and solidarity that filled the vigil space.Leo was doing his best to be quiet as Alillia Johnson sang Amazing Grace more beautifully than I thought possible. He tried to be quiet. But he needed to stim…
  • Vaccine Advocates: Don't Discriminate Against My Autistic Son

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Image: a fully vaccinated autistic teen boy running towards the camerain a bright orange sandstone canyonPublic opinion has turned, sharply and loudly, in favor of supporting vaccines. Yay! It took an outbreak of measles at Disneyland for it to happen. Boo! (Your grandmother might have survived her measles, but for others it can be fatal.)But even though formerly wishy washy types are now joining the previously silent pro-vaccine majority in getting righteously riled about the very real harm from anti-vaccine rhetoric, there's still one part of the argument that needs to change. That I'm…
  • Sir Patrick Stewart on KQED Forum

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    If you have not heard KQED Forum's interview with Patrick Stewart, you're missing out. Lots of bon mots, wisdom shared, and life long learning conveyed -- as was the role understanding can play in forgiveness. Very touching and funny as hell.Also: Sir Patrick and KQED's Joshua Johnson goofed around a bit in the Forum green room, and it was caught on film. (If you look closely you can see what I wrote about Leo on the green room wall during the last time I was on Forum -- it's just to the left of the good Captain's head.) For those who might not know, my spouse works at the station in…
  • Malaise Managed

    Shannon Des Roches Rosa
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    We are very, very lucky people. When my windshield started leaking and my car interior flooded, the shop that had replaced the windshield fixed the leak for free. We have had stormy storms for about a week now, so this was excellent news. As was the ability of the iPad geniuses to fix Leo's bricked iPad yesterday. As was the AT&T insurance policy folks' ability to replace Iz's bricked iPhone yesterday. As was the tire shop's ability to repair rather than replace the flat tire that nearly stranded me in San Francisco an hour before I'd needed to pick up Mali and her friends from school…
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  • The Minivan

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Ten years ago, I bought a minivan. While I was on the test drive, the dealer remarked how he and his wife had just gotten out of their minivan years. He seemed really excited, and I found it an interesting tactic to talk about how fabulous it is not to have to drive one, while trying to sell one. At the time, I had a preschooler and an infant. The "post-minivan years" seemed very far away, indeed. I embraced the need for a minivan. I was excited by my new vehicle. It had all the bells and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Strong Woman

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    I hate that "a strong woman" is really code for "she acts masculine." It is usually a compliment, although get too assertive, and that bitch is so abrasive. aggressive. pushy. A girl playing with stereotypical boys' toys is applauded, but a girl who takes pride in stereotypical girls' activities is ignored as being one of the herd. No, all toys shouldn't be pink for girls. But, for the girl who likes pink, isn't that OK that she wants a pink truck instead of a green one? A parent at my son's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • For a Million Dollars

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    My son asked me if I'd eat worms for a million dollars. Yup, I suppose I would. My son asked me if I'd stare into the sun for five minutes for a billion dollars. No, not without a shield of some sort. A billion dollars is a lot of money. Yeah, but my vision is precious to me. Yeah, I agree. I thought about other things I wouldn't do for a billion dollars, or even a million dollars. I wouldn't want to be isolated from my family. I wouldn't want to lose any of my senses. I wouldn't want... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Tacos

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    After school and before gymnastics, my son and I went to a Mexican restaurant to grab some "to-go" food. I ordered six shrimp tacos for us to share. About eight minutes later, we received our tacos, and walked out to the car. Once inside, I discovered only three tacos in our container. My son and I froze for a moment: we were right on time for gymnastics, taking into consideration the time it would take to eat the tacos. We couldn't afford another eight minute (or so) wait. But we only had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It must be a New Year

    31 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Last night I had one of those stereotypical anxiety dreams: the college one. Per usual, it was an end-of-the-semester situation where I had somehow neglected to go to class all semester. How could I possibly receive passing marks? In this case, it was the intended penultimate semester of my college career, so I was trying to figure out how I could possibly schedule my final semester in such a way to make up for the sins of the current semester and graduate on time. But how? In my dream, I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 徳島テレクラ場所滅多にいないのではないのかなと予想します

    SDKKDDD
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:31 am
    出会いが欲しい!と願ったときに、そこで選択する手立てはどういったものですか。今だったら、人気のテレクラサイトと答える人だって、滅多にいないのではないのかなと予想します。 男も女も無数にいるのに、本当の出会いっていうのはほんの僅かにすぎません。多忙な現代社会に生きる人間にとって、テレフォンクラブによる出会いっていうのは大変必要とされているものになってきているのではないでしょうか。…
  • 出逢いサイト無料登録無し結局その数字が信頼されている証です

    SDKKDDD
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    お付き合いになれるような、ちゃんとした真面目な出逢いが、インターネット上の出逢いサイトで見つかるのでしょうか?こんな「?」を持っているという方だって少なくないのではありませんか。 ハッピーメール及びワクワクメールにはありがたい「掲示板」という名前のシステムが設置されています。こういった仕組みは今後出逢いサイトを試すといった人や、それほど精通していない場合に有効な手段です。…
  • 女性自宅でできる仕事内職アクセサリー効率コツ

    SDKKDDD
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    よくある在宅ワークサイトとは言え、利用料0円なのはユーザー登録のみであり、利用する場合にはお金を請求されたというサイトも多いようですし、そこに意識が回らないと後悔することになります。 面倒なくいい人と出会うためには、ネットの家でできる仕事を使ってみるのがベストです。 とりわけ大規模な完全在宅ワークサイトっていうのは、利用者を多く抱えており、結局その数字が多くの人に支持されているという証明です。…
  • 検索セックス出逢いサイトを間違えずに選ぶという点だと言えるでしょう

    SDKKDDD
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:31 pm
    最近どんどん多くなっている出逢いサイトをやってみたいと思うのなら、標準的な出会いテクニックの幾つかを勉強しておきましょう。 こういったことっていうのは、不愉快なサクラの対処法としても使えますから、勉強しておくとメリットがあります。…
  • 無料体験ありのスタービーチさいと

    SDKKDDD
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    必ず様々なスタービーチを試してみるつもりならば、自分に合った素晴らしい女性を手に入れましょう。いい女を手に入れるスタービーチでの出会いテクニックの初歩に関してご案内しています。 例外を除いて信頼できるスタービーチの場合、「絶対シニア層、中高年層が利用できる掲示板サービスが準備されている」というところだって、心配せずに利用可能であるということの証しだと言えます。…
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  • Victory. Is Mine.

    Stimey
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:06 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
  • Remind Me Never to Sign Up For a Spring Marathon

    Stimey
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:02 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
  • Winter is an Asshole.

    Stimey
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Stimeyland Has Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/Stimeyland (Click here to get to the subscription page.) Once you clicked the above and are on the new subscription page, just click how you want to subscribe at the top right. I know this is SO obnoxious. I'm sorry. Please subscribe!! I promise lots of funny new embarrassing stories and heart-string pulling posts if you do! Please? OR! Visit www.stimeyland.com and subscribe by email from the sidebar. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/stimeyland
  • The Future of Stimeyland. Let’s Discuss.

    Stimey
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:02 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
  • Puzzlin’*

    Stimey
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:18 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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  • Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month and Win Your Own "Squawkers McCaw"

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Readers of this now mostly silent blog will know that Squawkers McCaw is an ambassador of Autism Acceptance. Since 2007, the animatronic parrot has accompanied me to work, speaking engagements, meals “in the community” and pretty much anywhere else I go. Sometimes we talk about autism, but I like even better the times we just are what we are. Squawkers is all about making the world a more friendly place for the neurodivergent. Of course there is only one Squawkers McCaw. But now you have the opportunity to adopt a parrot like Squawkers who is looking for a home. If you are the winner…
  • Blue Light Special on Awareness in Aisle 5

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    You want awareness? Here are some things to think about. Autistic people are at extremely high risk for unemployment and underemployment.  Some of us have a hard time getting jobs or even interviews due to differences in social interaction styles.  Others have been shunted into sheltered workshops where they are paid wages that would be illegal if the worker did not have a disability. Some of us have been beaten down by a lifetime of being told we were worthless.  When we get a Nickel and Dimed type job, we are grateful, sure it’s the best thing that could have happened. I…
  • 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…
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  • 2 Thumbs Up for the Chalmers Hospital As It Rocks Purple Day to Raise Awareness for Epilepsy! March 26, 2015

    H L Doherty
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:36 am
    Dawn Bowie, a long time friend who works at the Emergency Department of the Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton New Brunswick shared this Youtube video of staff at the Chalmers rocking Purple Day yesterday.  I saw it a few minutes ago and it made a great start to my day.  Seeing this video really lifted my spirits and reminded me of those who care and those who help.Conor suffered a life threatening reaction to his seizure medication in April 2013 but the Chalmers Emergency and Intensive Care Unit were there to keep him  safe and restore his health.Our family has another…
  • Run Jump Fly Boy Will Soon Return

    H L Doherty
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    With the return of Spring after a tough winter will come lots of  outdoor time on our trails in the beautiful City of Fredericton with Conor. .Autism, seizures, seizure meds, reactions to seizure meds and this unusually tough winter will give way to spring and the Return of the Run Jump Fly Boy:
  • THANK YOU Conservative MLA Jake Stewart and NDP Leader Dominic Cardy For Speaking Up In Support Of Adult Autism Care and Treatment in New Brunswick

    H L Doherty
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    New Brunswick governments have been outstanding in establishing an internationally recognized early evidence based autism intervention service and have made some gains in autism training for Education Aides and Resource Teachers.  There has been no progress though  in establishing an autism centre for adult treatment and permanent residential care for severely impacted autistic adults with a network of autism group homes around the province.It is very easy to become discouraged in advocating for adult autism care in New Brunswick.  The establishment of early evidence based…
  • 19 Year Old Non Verbal Autistic Man Evicted From Miramichi Special Care Home Because He Is An Adult

    H L Doherty
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    Huge gaps remain n New Brunswick's adult autism residential care and treatment system. An autism specific residential care and treatment centre and autism specific group home system is needed to bridge those gaps. HON. CATHY ROGERSMinister of Social DevelopmentHON. VICTOR BOUDREAUMinister of HealthHON. BILL FRASER MLA Miramichi HON. STEPHEN HORSMANMLA Fredericton NorthAs an autism advocate for over 15 years in New Brunswick (and father of a 19 year old severely autistic son) I was saddened, though not at all surprised, to read the report by Samantha Magee of the …
  • Larry's Gulch Inclusive Education Review June 21, 22, 2012

    H L Doherty
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:06 am
    Meeting of Senior Department of Education Officials With Gordon Porter And Other Advocates of Extreme Everyone In the Mainstream Classroom Inclusion June 20, 21, 2012Information from CANADALAND web site.L: Yude  M. Henteleff, C.M., Q.C., L.L.D. (Hon.)     R: Harold L. Doherty at the Atlantic Human Rights Centre Inclusion Conference Crowne Plaza Fredericton-Lord Beaverbrook, June 14, 15, 2012 Mr. Henteleff presented, a paper advocating for a range of learning placement optionsin order to ensure meaningful inclusion:  MEANINGFUL ACCESS, INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF A WIDE…
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  • A Family in Need Times Two

    K Wombles
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    I don't often post fundraisers on the directory, but I have two local families dealing with serious issues and serious needs.First up is my friend and former student Linda Warren. I had the honor of teaching not only Linda but two of her adult sons, as well. They are a lovely family, and when one of her son's faced a serious crisis with his wife, Linda and two of her of other sons stepped in to help with the six kids. She has brought them to live with her and they range in age from under 1 to 9 years old, all with issues. Linda dropped out of school to take care of her six grandchildren, but…
  • Guest Post: Ben Wilshire

    K Wombles
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Aspie's and sexuality I believe that the subject of sexuality and Asperger’s needs to be discussed more and in an open way. The purpose of this post is to help people understand the topic a little more and discuss some things that can be done to improve outcomes in regards to relationship understanding for Aspies. I would like to firstly point out Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as it is a good framework to consider when looking at improving quality of life. As seen in the drawing below, arguably sex is one of the most important motivators with sexual intimacy and friendship being on the…
  • New Novel Featuring a Non-Verbal Autistic Character: The Place to Say Goodbye

    K Wombles
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:04 am
    My best friend's son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. I remember the night she called -- I was eight weeks pregnant with my first child, and it was my third wedding anniversary. I had gone to bed early because I could barely keep my eyes open and I had spent the day throwing up.  But then the phone had rung, and it was my friend."Happy Anniversary!" she said brightly, but then I heard the tears behind her words. "G was diagnosed with autism today."I hadn't known that A and her husband had been seeing doctors for any issues, though I had suspected for about the last year that…
  • Dawn Marcotte: Resources to Help Autistic Students Choose the Right College

    K Wombles
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Finding the right college is key to successfully graduating and lists like the Top 10 Colleges for Autistic Students can only go so far. Here are a few other resources to check before making any decisions.ASAN's Navigating College HandbookThe Navigating College Handbook was published in 2011. This book was written by autistic students, for autistic students and its point of view is unique. The book is available for free at their website, Navigating College http://navigatingcollege.org/download.php). The ebook contains information on getting academic accommodations, housing tips, health…
  • Who Died and Made You Dr. Spock? A guest post from Dawn Marcotte

    kathleen
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Our guest post is by Dawn Marcotte. who is the CEO of WWW.ASD-DR.com a website designed to help teens and young adults on the spectrum live to their highest potential.Disclaimer: For the Star Trek fans out there this article isn't really going to talk about Mr. Spock -Dr. Spock was a famous child specialist in the 60's.I saw her laying on the floor, screaming at the top of her lungs about something. As a young single woman I just went to the next aisle and tried to ignore it, vowing that my children would never do that.   Why doesn't mom just pick her up and take her to the car…
 
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    Countering...

  • On Revisiting Past Interactions and the Unfairness Factor: Newsweek's Autism Article

    K Wombles
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    In December I was contacted by a reporter from Newsweek asking to interview me for an article about Jonathan Mitchell. I politely declined, as I haven't had any interaction with him since I apologized in 2011 for allowing him to be bullied in the comments on several of my blog posts. I sent the reporter the link to the article and my addendum with the apology.Since I declined, I was more than a bit surprised to find out that my words to Jonathan about autism not being his biggest problem, along with my take on my three children with autism, essentially close the article.  Initially,…
  • Reinforcements

    K Wombles
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
     Some things you see coming. You know it's ahead and you make preparations. You fortify yourself and get ready.But what do you do when you go from having the best time of your working life, in the middle of things, working hard, putting in more hours than ever to literally fall flat on your face? And not just once, from one fall, but from multiple falls? What do you do when your words fail you and the most interesting and incorrect words come out in place of what you meant to say? What happens when even in your head you fight aphasia? And when those words stick for the item? When it…
  • Dawn Marcotte: Resources to Help Autistic Students Choose the Right College

    K Wombles
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Finding the right college is key to successfully graduating and lists like the Top 10 Colleges for Autistic Students can only go so far. Here are a few other resources to check before making any decisions.ASAN's Navigating College HandbookThe Navigating College Handbook was published in 2011. This book was written by autistic students, for autistic students and its point of view is unique. The book is available for free at their website, Navigating College http://navigatingcollege.org/download.php). The ebook contains information on getting academic accommodations, housing tips, health…
  • Alone (mostly) in the dark

    K Wombles
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:18 pm
    He sleeps in the next room, gently snoring, my dog curled next to him, also gently snoring. I sneak away, quietly, grabbing a pillow, my tea, my walker and his dog, establishing myself in my recliner, pillow behind my head, covers grabbed off the couch and his recliner so that I am still covered in a half dozen blankets. His dog vied for control of my lap, briefly, with one of the big ginger cats and lost.I've lain here in the dark living room where the ginger's purrs drown out the noise from my bedroom, but not the noise coming from the kids' rooms, where delighted girly laughter peals out…
  • If I Let Myself

    K Wombles
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    If I let it take up normal space, become a natural part of my background, then surely the crushing grief I feel when I allow myself to really look at it and all the things, good (mobility safely) and difficult (disability made visible with all that entails, the losses, the challenges, the inability to hide my challenges) are allowed through my barriers, then surely, acceptance and even appreciation will follow. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow.It's like Frost's poem about the death of a young boy. We cannot look too long, tarry there. We must keep moving forward. So, grief trickles in…
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    Different Roads to Learning Blog

  • Pick of the Week: NEW! Question Challenge Card Game

    Different Roads to Learning
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    The Question Challenge Card Game is an expressive and receptive language card game that targets social and reasoning skills in young learners. This game will target skills in staying calm through self-talk, predicting, questioning in conversation, determining perspective, inferencing, cognitive flexibility, intonation, body language, and more. As they play the game, students will practice skills necessary for effective communication and problem solving. To play the game, one player turns over a Challenge Card and reads it out loud, stating which player will answer and how many questions he or…
  • Volunteers Needed to Test Database of Colleges for Students for Autism

    Different Roads to Learning
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    ASD-DR.com is launching a college-search resource to help families with autistic students. There are many online search sites with information about colleges, but few of them include information on the support services available at these institutions. This new resource allows parents and other caregivers of students with autism to search through a database of over 300 colleges across the U.S. with autism services. They are looking for volunteers to help in developing this database by previewing the content and answering the following questions: What additional information would you like?
  • Guest Article: Tips on Encouraging Picky Eaters

    Different Roads to Learning
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    This week, we’re thrilled to share some exclusive tips from Julia Singer Katz at the Kutest Kids Early Intervention Center on how to deal with picky eaters, from using colors and schedules to modeling good habits. Don’t let picky eating ruin meal time or divide your family at the dinner table. Encouraging healthy eating habits with a stubborn child requires patience with a firm touch. Here at Kutest Kids Early Intervention Center, our therapists are all too familiar with this phenomenon and would like share some common tips. Begin by setting the stage for healthy choices,…
  • NEW Product Spotlight: Essential for Living – A Functional Skills Assessment & Curriculum

    Different Roads to Learning
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    This week, we’re thrilled to introduce you to a new functional skills assessment and curriculum by Patrick McGreevy, PhD, BCBA-D, Troy Fry, BCBA, and Colleen Cornwall, EdD, BCBA-D. Essential for Living is a functional skills curriculum, assessment, and skill tracking instrument for students with moderate-to-severe disabilities. The program is based on concepts, principles, and empirically-validated procedures from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and from B.F. Skinner’s ground-breaking analysis of verbal behavior. This week, we’re offering FREE DOMESTIC GROUND SHIPPING* on your order…
  • Pick of the Week: “On My Own” Activity Kits

    Different Roads to Learning
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Teach important daily living, vocational, and social skills that pave the way to independence and success to young learners with these brand new On My Own activity kits. Early learners can follow the visual cues and step-by-step directions to complete activities and art projects related to a variety of skills in daily life, such as cooking, setting the table, and creating art projects that develop gross and fine motor skills. This week only, use our promo code ONMYOWN to take 15%* off either the On My Own: Year-Round Art Fun or the On My Own: Art, Cooking & Life Skills learning kits. In…
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    Asperger's Diary

  • Shopping While Autistic

    Lynne Soraya
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Have you ever seen a child having a breakdown in the middle of a grocery store? What’s your reaction to that child? Do you judge, or do you wonder what they’re experiencing? Well, I can give you an idea of what they might be going through.
  • The Sound Of Silence

    Lynne Soraya
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    I have recently come face-to-face with a fact about myself: I have a problem with silence. I’m not really sure why.
  • Figuring Out Friendship

    Lynne Soraya
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship. What I understand about it, what I still don’t, and how the experience of friendship has always been different that it has been for others.
  • Navigating Grief and Loss as an Autistic Adult

    Lynne Soraya
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    It’s the holiday season...a time for reflection, togetherness, and joy, so they say. As I’ve written before, it hasn’t always been that way for me. This holiday season has been an especially difficult one. One of my best friends passed away over Thanksgiving weekend.
  • 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.
 
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    Thrive With Aspergers

  • Hand Flapping, Aspergers, and the Autism Spectrum

    Stephen Borgman
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    A mom described taking her son to the see the Avengers. She glanced over halfway through and was amazed not to see him flapping his hands, kicking his feet, or arching his back. She described her emotions. My son does that [hand flapping] because he has autism/aspergers. At first during the movie I never noted it. I don’t know why. Then I looked over at him and realized it. Waterworks come on like nobody’s business. I am crying in the middle of a movie that is not remotely close to being a tear jerker. At that point I am frantically trying to catch every tear that is going down…
  • TWAP004: 7 Tips For Building Self-Confidence

    Stephen Borgman
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson When you are young and traits that are part of who you are receive negative reactions from people- especially from parents and teachers- it can very quickly erode your sense of confidence and well-being. This, in turn, creates a perfect storm for self-loathing and depression. MKelter, Invisible Strings Would you agree with me with a variation on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote? “To be yourself in a world that doesn’t understand autism is one of…
  • How Parenting Quotes Can Help You Predict the Future

    Stephen Borgman
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “He wrapped himself in quotations- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”  Rudyard Kipling I’m not just talking about any old parenting quotes. I’m talking about parenting quotes from parents who’ve been there.  I’m talking about parenting quotes from ladies and gentleman who themselves have Aspergers or autism and have been in the parenting trenches. Parenting quotes can help you predict the future because: 1. They’ve been there. I combed the internet to find pertinent quotes from Aspergian/autistic parents who are raising or…
  • TWAP003: Anthony Ianni on Autism, Bullying, and Overcoming the Odds

    Stephen Borgman
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This podcast episode is brought to you by the Thrive with Aspergers community.Visit the Thrive with Aspergers community to interact with other fine people in the Aspergers autism community. In this episode, I talk with anti-bully advocate, Anthony Ianni.  Here are some Anthony Ianni facts: Diagnosed at the age of 4 with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), now incorporated under the umbrella term, “autism” under the DSM-V. Dealt with bullies, adversity, and numerous personal challenges. Earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Michigan State University. Became the first…
  • Is “High Functioning Autism” Useful, or Not?

    Stephen Borgman
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy. Lyman Beecher. If the quote above is true, then we have room for advancing our understanding of the term, “high functioning autism“, given the amount of controversy the term generates! I ran across this article about a month ago, called “What’s the Difference Between High Functioning Autism and Low Functioning Autism?”  Romana Tate (pseudonym), the mother of an autistic child, strongly expressed her dislike for the term, “high functioning autism.” Like a lighting…
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    From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

  • Spring Break Plans

    Devon Alley
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Whenever A. has a holiday from school, she always asks what we're going to do -- what we have planned. Generally, it's not much -- maybe dinner and a movie, or a stop at our favorite pizza restaurant. For this year's spring break, however, I took a couple...(read more)
  • Attending the IEP

    Devon Alley
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    For those of us who love and care for children on the spectrum, the IEP becomes a source of great joy and incredible anxiety. Talk to any parent of an autistic child the day before an IEP meeting, and no matter how many times they've attended them, or...(read more)
  • And Now She's an Alley

    Devon Alley
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    So, there was a very big piece of news that happened several months ago that I never got around to sharing. Life has been, as I've mentioned several times over again, extremely busy as of late, so I've been terribly delinquent in updating my blog, which...(read more)
  • Car Dance Parties

    Devon Alley
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    January is always a difficult and busy month for me. It's the month that falls right before our annual managers' conference at work, and because of that, I'm always working long hours, bringing work home, and just generally trying to Accomplish All The...(read more)
  • A Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year

    Devon Alley
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    I think A. was more excited about this Christmas than she has been in years. I'm not entirely sure what exactly gave her such a dose of Christmas cheer. Maybe it was the fact that I enlisted her to help me play Santa Claus for the rest of the family....(read more)
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    The Autism News

  • Watch Weird Al’s Touching Performance With Singers Who Have Autism

    The Autism News
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    He sang with 13-year-old musician Jodi DiPiazza and the Actionplay Chorus, made up of singers with autism. Singer-songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic recently performed an especially moving rendition of “Yoda” — his spoof of “Lola” by The Kinks — with Jodi DiPiazza, a 13-year-old musician with autism, and the Actionplay chorus, also singers who have autism, at Night of Too Many Stars, a variety show broadcasted on Comedy Central Sunday night. The event raises money to fund programs and services for people with autism through the non-profit New York Collaborates for Autism.
  • Yoga Therapy Helps Children Battle Autism

    The Autism News
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    By ABC News ABC’s Reena Ninan reports on how yoga therapy is being used to calm children with Autism. Read the full articleRead the full article on a new tab Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2S1Se9asTY
  • Suicidal autistic girl spent seven-hour ordeal in A&E and then gets sent home after bridge jump bid

    The Autism News
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:11 pm
    By Mary McDonnell | Irish Mirror The girl’s distraught mum contacted Cork’s Red FM yesterday in a desperate bid to find her a psychiatric bed A suicidal autistic girl was sent home from A&E after she was left sobbing on a floor and had tablets forced on her in a seven-hour ordeal, her mum has claimed. The 16-year-old was referred by hospital staff to a specialist adolescent team, who have told her to go back to the emergency department. Her distraught mum contacted Cork’s Red FM yesterday in a desperate bid to find her a psychiatric bed. She told the Irish Mirror last night:…
  • Mother dies after jumping from 15th floor with autistic toddler

    The Autism News
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:10 pm
    By Lee Tae-hoon | The Korea Observer A 36-year-old woman died Friday morning after jumping from the 15th floor of her apartment with her three-year-old son in Dongu, Daegu, a police officer said. “Her son survived, though he suffered broken ribs and a fracture to his skull,” Kim Chung-gil, a senior officer in charge of the case told The Korea Observer. Kim said the mother, identified as Lee, may have had a change of a heart after jumping and tried to protect her baby. “The baby was found right next to her and it seemed that she was holding the baby as tight as possible to minimize…
  • Boy with autism beaten unconscious at middle school

    The Autism News
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    By wsoctv.com Boy spent days in the hospital I school’s principal outlining the bullying her son had gone through. Weeks later, Blake Kitchen was beaten unconscious by the same boy Destiny warned the school about. “My ear hurts. My jaw hurts. My back hurts and that’s all,” Blake told FOX 4 News. Blake has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. Blake prefers routine during meals, and likes to sit at the same place in the cafeteria every day. When another boy moved Blake’s belongings to a different seat, Blake asked him to move. That’s when the beating began. Blake suffered a…
 
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    We Go With Him

  • An "Ego Sum Spartacus" Memory

    Kristina Chew
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    In the midst of writing quiz questions about Spartacus, I recalled how, the other night, I was giving Jim​ good reason to laugh at me...
  • Pears Bearing Apples Redux

    Kristina Chew
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    (Pears Bearing Apples was the title of my dissertation, which I submitted 20 years ago in the Gothic corridors of HGS in the Elm City....
  • ITP

    Kristina Chew
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Tuesday was Charle's nth (I have lost count) IEP and the big subject of discussion was his ITP. That stands for Individual Transition Plan. Charlie...
  • Still Weather Alert

    Kristina Chew
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:18 pm
    I probably check the weather in New Jersey more than I do for Berkeley out of deeply-ingrained habit (and because Berkeley weather changes little from...
  • I Can't Draw But

    Kristina Chew
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Further proof that Dr. Chew Cannot Draw. Evidence from earlier times. (I also can't sing, which has not stopped me from regaling a Latin student...
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    Autism from a Father's Point of View

  • Second annual plea to the Minecraft community to take a stand against bullying on April 2nd

    Stuart Duncan
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Last year I wrote a plea to the Minecraft community to help those of us in the autism community on April 2nd to take a stand against bullying. I am doing it again this year. Why? Because we still need your help. The response last year was incredible as many live stream gamers and YouTube video makers spoke up and shared their personal stories and explained to people the effects that bullying has had in their lives. Since then, the media has picked up on what has been going on as well and increased awareness to more than just our little community. But we’re not done. Every single day on…
  • We need to stop referring to abuse as bullying and schools need to stop doing nothing about it

    Stuart Duncan
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    Picture this, if you will, as disturbing as it is: A woman sits in a hospital room with a fractured skull, broken jaw and leaking spinal fluid. Everyone knows who her attacker is but no one is doing anything. No arrests. No charges. The attacker is free to do as he pleases. Make sense? Well, the truth is that it wasn’t a woman. It was a 12 year old boy with Aspergers and his attacker was an older boy, in grade 8. Because this happened between kids in school and not adults, instead of being abuse, this is just bullying…. “just bullying”. Wait, he has a fractured…
  • The question I asked my son every day of his life until I needed him to ask it of me

    Stuart Duncan
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    Recently life has been, we shall say, unkind. People who would steal from me, people that would try to hurt me, stresses greater than any I’ve felt before, illness and immense pressure. I find myself in the greatest financial burden that I’ve ever been in all the while outside forces conspire to make it even worse for me. To say it’s been rough would be the greatest of understatements. Late one night, unable to sleep, I found myself reading back through some of my old writings when I happened upon a question. A question that I used to ask my son every single day of his…
  • 5 Things I wish I knew before Autism

    Tamara
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Tamara Wood is a proud mother of two amazing boys. After searching for a solution for her son Alex, who is affected by Autism, Tamara found the AngelSense solution for her family. It gave her a great deal of peace of mind, and her enthusiasm for the company only increased – she joined the AngelSense team as a customer care specialist. I am the mother to two wonderful little boys, one who has autism and one who is “normal” (whatever that is!). There are many things we didn’t know before we became parents, and even less when you hear a word like “autism.” There are somethings I…
  • If I could could suggest just one New Years resolution, it would be this

    Stuart Duncan
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    I know this is a bit late but there are still some people out there that are unsure of what they should “resolve” to do for the new year. Well, Autcraft, my Minecraft server for children with autism and their families has been receiving some media coverage in recent weeks and there was one question that I got from everyone that really stands out as very important and thus, would make for the perfect New Years resolution: “What is it about Autcraft that is helping these kids to make friends, to talk to other people, to learn to read/write faster and to make such great…
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    Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective

  • Thumperino Superbunny Review and Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    Thumperino Superbunny Thumperino – Diary of a Superbunny is about a male rabbit that was born on October 21, 2007.  He is an adventurous house rabbit that is blessed with super-powers and a duty to make the world a better place.   In Thumperino Superbunny and the Pirates of the High Seas, Thumperino goes on vacation to a tropical island and soon finds it’s not all fun in the sun. Someone is dumping garbage in the sea and it’s up to Thumperino […] The post Thumperino Superbunny Review and Giveaway appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Treehouse Ultimate Collection Cube Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:07 pm
    HOP and POP into Easter with Kaboom! Entertainment! Include some of your favorite brands in your little ones Easter Basket and fill the holiday with fun, family viewing!   Treehouse Ultimate Collection Cube On March 3rd the brand new Treehouse Ultimate Collection Cube was launched and it’s definitely something to talk about.  Inside this unique packaging are 10 of your favourite Treehouse friends – Toopy, Binoo, Franklin, Max, Ruby, Brother Bear, Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, Golias and Nessa – each with their own […] The post Treehouse Ultimate Collection Cube Giveaway…
  • Zack & Quack: Popping Hopping Easter Giveaway

    Carl Bainbridge
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Zack & Quack: Popping Hopping Easter Giveaway   On March 10th, Zack & Quack are coming to Canada for the 1st time on DVD in the release Zack & Quack: Popping Hopping Easter. Pop and Hop your way to Easter with Zack and Quack.  Join Zack and Quack’s adventures as they take a trip to the circus, find a cure for Belly-Up’s hiccups and help the Easter Bunny get her special Chocolate chickens back to the coop in time to […] The post Zack & Quack: Popping Hopping Easter Giveaway appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Kinder Eggs Makes Busy February Just A Bit Easier

    Carl Bainbridge
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:40 pm
    February has been a rather special month this year. In Atlantic Canada we have broken records for snowfall, schools have been closed an unheard of number of times.  Oh,  and this is the month we pick to try to move. Two special needs kids,  packed boxes,  more boxes being packed and repeated snow days is enough to make parents everywhere question why they even try to move at all.  The reality is that sometimes you need to find that little treat […] The post Kinder Eggs Makes Busy February Just A Bit Easier appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Toopy And Binoo

    Carl Bainbridge
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    I received a copy of this DVD for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own and those of my family.   I Love Toopy Released on January 13, 2015 in Canada Synopsis: Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your best friend Toopy. Watch as Toopy shows us the meaning of friendship as he goes on a fishing trip with Binoo, looks for the perfect planet, has a camp out and plays in the land of bubbles. Episodes: “Duckling […] The post Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Toopy And Binoo appeared first on Living With Autism: A Parent's Perspective.
 
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    Speaking In Grace

  • I don’t even think I have ducks

    Speaking in Grace
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    ShareHaving all of your ducks in a row. A skill I have yet to master. It hit me the other day…I am not so sure I even have any ducks. Maybe…I have never had them. Maybe…that’s my problem. Or… Maybe…that’s my secret. This is probably a thought best pondered while standing in an open field wearing a long flowing outfit with a gentle breeze blowing…that’s always an image I have stuck in my head, you know, one of those comforting everything is going to be alright kind of images…I think I got it from a “feminine hygiene”…
  • The Bus

    Speaking in Grace
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    ShareThe bus pulls up in front of our house everyday, well every school day, to be precise. As soon as Cooper sees it rolling up he is out the door at full speed. Off he goes…back pack on, lunchbox in hand, flailing and flapping…with a galloping, running skip he propels himself toward the bus. I stand there watching…calling after him to “walk!”…while inwardly willing the bus driver to open the doors before he gets there…. I just keep saying over and over again in my head, “open the doors…open the doors…open the doors”. I am…
  • I need you to share your words.

    Speaking in Grace
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    ShareI need your help. I would like for you to give me your words. For the month of April, here on this blog, I would like to share 30 perspectives, 30 thoughts, 30 feelings, encounters, impacts, enlightenments, hopes, dreams, heartbreaks, fears…whatever you have that pertains to Autism…I want to read it, hear it and  share it. If it relates to Cooper or Shelby that would be great, however, it does not have to. If you have something to say as a parent, as a family memeber, a friend, a teacher, an aid, a therapist…a human…I would love to read and share your words. I…
  • Would I cure Autism, if I could?

    Speaking in Grace
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    ShareHonestly, I don’t know. Okay…well  I suppose, in our particular case, I do know. But I don’t think that I have given a lot of thought to curing Autism in general. I am not embarrassed to say this, we have done little to nothing…well closer to actually nothing…as far as fundraising and or supporting an Autism cause or organization. I guess we have been so busy living it, and some might even say living it in a bubble…that I have had little time to devote to those efforts. Well other than sharing my words here. I am very thankful that there are those…
  • The Sunday Confessional: I didn’t want to know

    Speaking in Grace
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    ShareIn the spirit of the confessional, I will tell you that I am guilty of judging the parent that is uninvolved with their child’s education. You know who I am talking about, the one who appears to just drop them off and pick them up and have no interaction with the teacher or staff. The one who doesn’t appear to care. The one who probably assumes as long as they are not getting any calls everything is fine. Well you know what? That parent is me. Just call me Mrs. “No News is Good News”. I didn’t even realize I was that parent until Friday…well, ok maybe…
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    Autism Daily Newscast

  • Autism pioneer Lois J. Blackwell dies at 87

    News In Brief
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    St.Louis, MS – Lois J.  Blackwell, a pioneer in autism therapy in Missouri, has passed away of the  age of 87. Blackwell had been internationally recognized as an expert in the field within which she had dedicated her life, subsequently helping hundreds of families provide treatment for their loved ones. As founder of the Juvedine […] The post Autism pioneer Lois J. Blackwell dies at 87 appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Press Release – Autism Speaks Resources Cover the Full Lifespan with Release of Adult Diagnosis Tool Kit

    Press Release
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    First-of-its-kind guide now available for adults who have been recently diagnosed with autism, as well as those who suspect they have the disorder. New York, N.Y – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today has launched a new tool kit that addresses the needs of adults affected by autism spectrum disorder […] The post Press Release – Autism Speaks Resources Cover the Full Lifespan with Release of Adult Diagnosis Tool Kit appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Autism themed dance wins college competition – w/video

    ADN
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    Loughborough, UK – The NuDance Contemporary team dance came in first at the Loughborough University Dance Competition with a dance featuring autism. The team also won Best University out of the thirty that competed. Impact Arts news outlet met with NuDance team member and 4th year Pharmacy student Georgia Attfield, who gave insight into their […] The post Autism themed dance wins college competition – w/video appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Bangladesh government to develop foster care system for children with autism

    ADN
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Dhaka, Bangladesh — The Bangladesh government is planning to develop a foster care system for children with autism in the country, as well as those with other neurodevelopmental disabilities, according to health ministry sources. According to reports, the government’s plan of organizing the foster care system is in line with its goal of helping children […] The post Bangladesh government to develop foster care system for children with autism appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
  • Home – cute movie but predictable

    Maymay
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Film and television reviews by our resident autistic film critic Maymay. When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of […] The post Home – cute movie but predictable appeared first on Autism Daily Newscast.
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    Aspergian Gal

  • Aspie Logic on the Dunning-Kruger Effect

    Faith
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The Dunning-Kruger Effect is the finding that the poorest performers are the least aware of their own incompetence. Aspie logic concludes the incompetent cannot be competent enough to know they’re incompetent. Philosopher Bertrand Russell said, “One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any […]
  • Public Speaking and Job Interviews Involving Aspergers

    Faith
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    Public Speaking and Job Interviews Involving Aspergers explains issues I face as an Aspie with people in general. It tells why it isn’t as difficult for me to speak publicly about a topic I’m passionate and knowledgeable about, but it’s almost impossible if it’s a topic that I have reservations with being an expert on. It […]
  • The Cracks in Broken Mirror Neurons

    Faith
    6 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The cracks in broken mirror neurons are subtle but worth splitting apart. Is the theory of ‘broken’ mirror neurons in Aspies sensible or illogical? This post will examine this topic in greater detail. I will attempt to express why I think the conclusions about mirror neurons and empathy are not in the correct order in […]
  • The Catch-22 Heartbreak for Non-Christian Aspies

    Faith
    6 Aug 2013 | 7:22 pm
    It’s natural for most adult Aspies to be emotionally guarded. It’s also natural for the non-emotionally guarded population to give advice on how to overcome this barrier and improve self-esteem. The advice isn’t anything Aspies haven’t figured out. In fact, Aspies tend to be experts on judging what’s risky when it comes to socializing and […]
  • Jesus Counsels an Aspie

    Faith
    16 Apr 2013 | 7:47 am
    The image below would not really be how Jesus would counsel an Aspie. The dialogue used is merely to express how an adult Aspie in church may feel. Aspie: I’m socially isolated. I don’t ‘click in’ with anyone in any church. I don’t want to be alone anymore. How do I live without having anyone […]
 
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  • Help: My Kindergartener Struggles in the School Cafeteria

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:33 pm
    “My child with ASD and SPD started kindergarten this year and eating in the cafeteria with all the sounds and smells is a struggle for her. Do you have any ideas to help her make it through lunch?” – Lauren Hi Lauren. Elementary school cafeterias have got to be one of the nosiest, smelliest places that a child encounters. Throw on top of that ASD and SPD and you’ve got yourself a real challenge! Here are some tips you can try to help her tolerate lunch time: Noise reducing headphones or ear plugs. Many kids with ASD have trouble with loud sounds and find headphones to be helpful.
  • Six Tips for Preparing A Special Needs Plan

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Besides a Special Needs Trust, what else do I need to do to prepare for the future? – Bryan J. Bryan, A Special Needs Trust is only one piece of the puzzle in Special Needs Planning. Families with a special needs loved one are challenged with the day-to-day responsibilities of care and the weight of planning for the future. Families understand the significance of having a Special Needs Trust that is designed by a qualified attorney. A properly designed trust clearly designates how resources and assets will be used, ensures the continuation of future government benefits, and most…
  • Aspergers is Awesome!

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Dear Earthlings, The mothership landed here thousands of years ago and gave us Aspergers. And, thus, also gave us NASA, Lego, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple. Pretty sure you or your kids are using one of these right now. I’ve said it before and I will keep on saying it. Aspergers is awesome. Aspie kids and their families have been the primary focus of my practice for the past 18 years.  I am passionate about their gifts as well as their struggles. Despite being misunderstood by media, news outlets, and common misunderstandings from professionals and teachers, the Aspie mind cannot be…
  • The Race is On – MX Racing Boosts Teen’s Therapy

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Fifteen-year-old Chris Furches is an accomplished motocross racer indoors and out. At the age of 10, Chris got his first ATV. It was a gift from his grandparents and it was obvious he was a natural talent on it. A year later he saw his first MX race and asked if he could try racing. On August 23, 2010 Chris lined up for his first race. He raced the rest of the season, finishing 5th in points and that same year his parents bought him his first race quad, an Apex 90. It was obvious to his parents that Chris loved racing. The new sport brought a lot of great things to their lives, and some new…
  • Town Hall Birmingham is hosting world’s first, publicly available relaxed performance for people with autism

    Autism Parenting Magazine
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Town Hall Birmingham is hosting what we believe to be the UK’s first, if not world’s first, publicly available relaxed performance for people with autism this Sunday 22 March. This weekend THSH is staging The Relaxed Performance featuring James Rowney (local autistic ventriloquist from Sutton) and Orchestra of the Swan, which we think is potentially the first of its kind in a concert environment. We have grand designs for this and we hope it will be rolled out across the globe. Our performance is entirely different from the average relaxed performance. It has been designed by people with…
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