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Books Books Books

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.

TACA Real Help Now Conference in Madison, WI

Real Help Now Conference in Madison, WI
February 27, 2010, 8am – 5pm
Madison Candlewood Suites,
5421 Caddis Bend, Madison, WI

Speakers include world-renowned biomedical experts:
•Lauren Underwood, Ph.D. – Biomedical and Behavioral Therapies Together: A Best Practice Model for Treating Autism
•Kyle Van Dyke, M.D. – Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in Autism
•Anju Usman, M.D. – The Gut-Brain-Immune Connection

Talking to the Media

Talking to the media is not one of my favorite things to do, in fact it is pretty close to the bottom. But someone has to do it and in Milwaukee I seem to be the go to person for autism and vaccine stories.

FACEBOOK USERS - please vote for NAA

1 Vote - $1 Million for Autism

Our friends at the National Autism Association have a chance to win $1 Million Dollars through Chase Community Giving on Facebook! Through its programs like Helping Hand and FOUND, NAA provides real help to families affected by autism. Imagine how many families could be helped with a million dollars!

NAA is the only autism organization of the 100 charities in the running for $1 Million – and they need our support! Please take a minute to visit and vote today!

Message to Air Force Families

from Jeremy Hilton :

Dear Air Force Family,
Just to bring everyone up to speed, in Sept our family as well as 15 other Air Force families filed a DoD IG complaint against the Air Force related to its failure to implement its current EFM program as well as not providing the necessary supports related to our families’ special needs. We received the below email from Col Jacobson (SAF/IGX) yesterday; and I thought I’d share.

Making Lip Balm

It's that time of year in the midwest - the heat is cranked up, the house is drying up, every touch gives you an electric shock and your lips are soooo chapped.
A couple of years ago I bought a lip balm making kit and it sat on the shelf until Sunday.
My 6-year-old daughter, Ella, was very excited about this project to make lip balm. I was happy to see that it really was not that complicated a project.

Military Families Battle Autism

The following letter is from Karen Driscoll. I also have an article about Autism and the Military Family in the current issue of Autism File Magazine.
Dear Family, Friends, and Military Supporters,

Yes, He WILL eat it!

We've been doing special diets since Kyle was 30 months old. We started with GFCF, soon went soy free and potato free - those were 2 of the 30+ items on his food "allergy" test. We did SCD for a year, but he developed a nut allergy and we went back to GFCFSF. After a few years we let up on the grains a bit. He eats a little organic oatmeal and wheat every week. We've settled into a mostly casein free, soy free, preservative free, artifical coloring free, artifical sweetner free, MSG and excito-toxin free very low sugar and I'm sure there are others.

Getting home from Disney and after thoughts

We made it home despite some major unexpected circumstances (we missed our plane and had to spend an extra 5 hours in the airport). The kids did really well, I was proud of their good attitutes. A few people moved away from Kyle after awhile, but it wasn't his fault - it was them. He was a little stimmy watching the planes and the tram that goes back and forth between terminals. And he chatters in the unintelligible sing songy voice.

Our last Disney Day!

Today was day 5 of our 5-Day Disney Park Hopper tickets in Orlando.
We started off at the Magic Kingdom. We got a late start - Ella couldn't seem to wake up and then it took her forever to get ready - she's only 6! Still not too bad. The park was a lot less crowded today on a Tuesday than it was on a Thursday when we first went.