"A northwestern Indiana police chief says an officer acted appropriately when he used a stun gun on a woman who has a developmental disability during a confrontation.
"Portage Police Chief Troy Williams tells The Times of Munster police were called to a home early Friday after the homeowner found the 34-year-old woman, who has autism, on his deck with a beer she'd taken from his outdoor refrigerator.
"He says the woman refused to come out from behind a shed near the home and kept both her hands in her pockets.
"Williams says the officer used his stun gun twice on the woman. He says those actions were appropriate because the woman didn't cooperate and the officer didn't know whether the woman might have a weapon in her pocket."
If it's fine to use stun guns on autistic middle school kids, this is "appropriate" too. More and more police departments are providing autism education for officers. I wonder if it was done there in Portage, IN.US News: Study
"Autism and ADHD may have a 'genetic overlap'
"About a third of children who have autism also have symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a study released Wednesday."
Here U.S. News tells us that autism is one of the most common psychological disorders. They pretend that the only increase has been from one in 88 to one in 50--and that was because of better diagnosing. And the really good news is that while they're aren't proven drugs to treat autism, there are drugs for ADHD.Free Press, Mankato, MN
"Robin Boeke was at Minnesota State University working on her special education licensure in the 1970s when she first saw a film about a child with autism.
"Special ed itself was brand new, with the education amendments of 1974 that mandated an appropriate education for all children with disabilities.
"Autism was a term most educators didn't understand....
"Sometimes she thinks of those children who were on the autism spectrum and about the information and tools available today that she could have used to help them so much more back then.
"'But then I think 20 years further back; a lot of these kids weren't even in public schools.'
"Boeke said when she first started in the district, there were about 10 kids with autism. Today, there are 225 children in Mankato identified as being on the autism spectrum.
"Called an 'epidemic' by some due to the vast increase in cases, Boeke said much of it has to do with the broadened definition of autism."
Robin Boeke was "fascinated" when she saw her first autistic student almost 40 years ago. "She's been the face of our autism services in this district for years," and she sees no problem with the rooms full of autistic students that we have today.
"But then I think 20 years further back; a lot of these kids weren't even in public schools." (So . where were they?)
I've talked to lots of 40 year veteran teachers over the last 10 years, they all say the same thing-These kids were always here, we just didn't recognize what was wrong-OR-they were kept at home and were in institutions. I can't tell you how many times I've been told that. I'm sure it's what they've been told. It makes sense, I guess, unless you go to look for where the hidden horde is today as adults.Slate.com
"But there is an ongoing problem associated with a Kennedy, one I consider extremely troubling. Specifically it's with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is an attorney, a radio host, and an environmental activist.
"He is also, as it happens, a full-blown anti-vaccination conspiracy theorist.
"And I do mean full-blown. RFK Jr. has a long history of adhering to crackpot ideas about vaccines, mostly in the form of the now thoroughly disproven link to autism. He's been hammering this issue for a decade now, and his claims appear to be no better and no more accurate now than they were when he first started making them."
When all else fails, make a desperate personal attack. However,blaming Kennedy, McCarthy, and Wakefield won't make the controversy go away.