As I am getting ready to leave I find myself looking in the mirror checking my outfit. Is it too flashy? Is it too soft? Can this shirt be a distraction? I hesitate to put on cologne. I don’t want to smell but I also don’t want to offend my “date” or the parents.
Meeting my “date” for the first time is nerve racking enough. As I get dressed, gather stuff, it is not just about what I am wearing it is more about, “Are we going to connect?”
Our autistic child, soon to turn 19, rocks when he sits and can't see in front of him. From 6th grade to 10th grade, he rode a school bus for an hour each way. Within the first year, I was sure that his poor mood when he got home was impacted by his rocking for an hour. Wouldn't you feel sick too if you swung your body to your knees for 60 minutes?
I try to stay away from politics but When the politicians start using the cause of Autism, Special Needs, & Hunger as a political football, All parties better tighten their Fat belly belts because it is about to get UGLY.
Most of the time the autism community moves ahead in small steps, but other times we make great strides. So it is with the publication of Olmsted and Blaxill’s seminal work, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-made Epidemic. Today, we take a giant stride forward.
Tracing the destruction caused by mercury in medicine throughout the centuries, Olmsted and Blaxill deconstruct modern-day arguments that rest on shoddy science and manipulative semantics. Clearly written and rigorously annotated, Olmsted and Blaxill’s work is chilling in the truths it uncovers.
This has been a big year for new authors and favorites of the autism community. This year I've read Animal Factory by David Kirby, Callous Disregard by Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Not My Boy! by Rodney Pete. I also read a book by Andrew Zimmerman (he's 14!) titled What Is My Mother Doing To Me?: A Teenager's Journey To Recovered Health Through Biomedical Interventions.
I'm looking forward to reading The Age of Autism by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill - I was hoping to borrow it from a friend, but all my friends' friends want to read the book too, so I just ordered it.
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At times, students with autism may require a visit to a time-out or "resource" room to allow the child to regain self-control during periods of outburst or frustration. What should these rooms be like in our schools if they must be there? Obviously, they must be durable and sound-isolated. However, most significantly for me as a design professional, these spaces should be separated from the public areas so as to provide the isolated child with greater dignity. Some designers must think our ASD kids do not have awareness or feelings.
Vaccine-Autism Court Award of $1.5M
On the heels of a federal appeals court ruling that denied an association between autism and vaccines, the family of nine-year-old Hannah Poling will receive more than $1.5 million to provide for her care for the rest of her life, to compensate for lost earnings, and for pain and suffering for the first year. Hannah developed autism after receiving vaccinations for nine diseases during one visit to her doctor.
Today, September 14, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Manmade Epidemic is at bookstores and available online. We need your help.
Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill's groundbreaking book, The Age of Autism, traces the autism epidemic by examining the first diagnosed cases of autism. Dan and Mark's detailed research is impeccable and their conclusions are stunning. Their book will revolutionize the way people think about autism and children's health.
We need this book to make a big splash with the American public and you can help. Here is what we need you to do: