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Dec 3, 2013, Atlanta Black Star:  Vaccine Court Awards Compensation in Autism Cases

Dec 3, 2013, New York Daily News: Brooklyn autistic girl's mom seeks to know why she got off bus scratched, shirtless

Dec 3, 2013, Video games and the Autism spectrum

Dec 3, 2013, ABC News: 'Quiet' Santa Events a Coup for Kids With Autism

Dec 2, 2013, Rochester (MN) Democrat & Chronicle: RIT doctor helps those with autism help themselves

Dec 2, 2013, Durham (NC) News Observer: Increased [adult] vaccination rates could reduce preventable deaths, public health officials say

Dec 2, 2013, Annapolis Capital Gazette: Annapolis restaurant hosts 'sensory friendly' breakfast for children with autism

Dec 2, 2013, Northridge (CA) Daily Sundial: Hundreds of thousands of adults diagnosed with autism are on waiting lists

Dec 2, 2013, Bronx News 12:  Missing 12-year-old P.S. 188 student with autism found in Times Square

Atlanta Black Star

The federal government's "vaccine court" has once again conceded, albeit quietly, that the combination measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does, indeed, cause autism.

In a recently published ruling, part of which was censored from public view, a young boy was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars after it was determined that the MMR vaccine led to a confirmed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The vaccine court is federal vaccine injury compensation program.

The parents of 10-year-old Ryan Mojabi of Northern California say he first suffered an encephalopathy after being vaccinated for MMR on December 19, 2003. Known as a "Table Injury," encephalopathy is a recognized, compensable adverse reaction to vaccines, and one that the kangaroo vaccine court has previously linked to vaccines. According to Ryan's parents, the MMR vaccine caused their son's encephalopathy, which manifested as "neuroimmunologically mediated dysfunctions in the form of asthma and ASD."

After being bumped around from court to court, Ryan's case was eventually heard by the vaccine court's Autism Omnibus Proceedings, according to The Huffington Post. And in the end, the federal government agreed that Ryan's encephalopathy had been caused by the MMR vaccine, a landmark ruling that confirms what Dr. Andrew Wakefield found more than 15 years ago when studying gut disorders in children given the MMR vaccine.

It took parents like Jon and Terry Poling and Sarah Bridges and others speaking out to make these decisions public. While health officials and doctors deny any link, the government has been quietly acknowledging that vaccines cause autism for years. I posted nine comments. All links work.

New York Daily News

The NYPD says it is investigating a case of possible child abuse relating to Eleana Vellios, 14, who was scraped up and traumatized when she got off the school bus at the family's Sheepshead Bay home Nov. 15. The driver says she was injured before she boarded the bus but authorities at the school insist she left the school unhurt.

Eleana Vellios,14, an autistic girl who is largely nonverbal, got off her school bus in front of the family's Sheepshead Bay home in Brooklyn shirtless and covered in scratches, her mother Konstantina Vellios says. The police are investigating a case of possible child abuse.

The mother is absolutely right. They need cameras on these buses.  Everyone here is blaming someone else.  I posted one comment.

This week we're looking at the intersection of video games and mental health. We're talking to game designers, researchers and occupational therapists.

Amanda Foran works with children and adults who are on the Autism spectrum. Foran, at Motion Therapy in Rockville, Md., has found that video games -- played by both people on and off the spectrum -- can help build social interaction skills.

"To start out, look for games that have simple rules. Games like tennis and boxing tend to be very easy for everyone to learn quickly and they also tend to be highly interactive. Games that offer the motion capture technology, that shows the individual on the screen instead of an abstract character."

More adjustment to the autism epidemic. Autism is labeled as a "mental health" issue here.

Think of the market potential for developing games designed to help people with autism. It seems we're going to be hearing about how more and more aspects of society adjust to autism. It's not a problem. We just need awareness.

ABC News

The Caring Santa program and other similar series around the country, such as Silent Santa or Sensitive Santa, strip down the typical meet 'n' greet with Mr. Claus to something straightforward and peaceful. The result is quieter, with smaller crowds and less stimuli.

"There's no reason why ASD [autism spectrum disorder] children shouldn't be able to have the same opportunities as other kids, and this gives them the chance to participate in a holiday custom," said Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a neurologist specializing in autism at University Hospitals' Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland. "If you remove the excessive sensory input for the children, their behavior will be better, they will get more out of it and it's a win-win."

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 children is on the autism spectrum. Awareness has lead to increasing modifications at movie theaters, theme parks and other social activity locales to limit sensory overload.

The same considerations can be made when approaching the holidays, said Wiznitzer.

"If you're going to go to a church service, holiday party or shopping, you need to create gradual exposure to the songs that will be played, or offer earplugs," he said. "There are going to be lots of strange noises and people coming through, so part of it is also keeping things quick. Don't spend three hours at your events. Recognize when the child's had enough so that it doesn't lead to meltdowns, tantrums and negative impressions from other people."

Max Wiznitzer sounds like a really wonderful doctor, spreading awareness and acceptance for disabled children.  Dr. Wiznitzer has gone on the record stating that better diagnosing is the reason that everyone now knows someone with an autistic child.  His concern doesn't extend to doing something about stopping the epidemic. I posted one comment.

Rochester (MN) Democrat & Chronicle

Dr. Laurence Sugarman is convinced that the best way to help people with autism is to help them help themselves.

As a pediatrician, Sugarman, 59, has a long history of working with children who show symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, most commonly estimated to affect one out of every 88 children.

There is no simple definition nor generally agreed upon single cause of autism, which is considered a disorder or syndrome that can affect people in any number of ways.

Typically, people with autism have an impaired ability to communicate, can be awkward in their social interactions and tend to focus on a narrow range of activities or behavior that can "pull them apart from others," said Sugarman.

Dr. Sugarman on the video: "Autism is an increasingly common disorder."

He doesn't bother to explain why. He's clearly not alarmed about autism.

"Some of the increase results from a broader definition of what falls under this disorder and a greater awareness of autism."

What about the rest of the increase?

Why should the people making a living off of these children care about the cause?

I can't understand why doctors are so accepting of autism. When they witness regressive autism, they must know something in the environment affected these children.

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Durham (NC) News Observer

Not only did the Welches want to avoid Lee's getting a disease that he could transmit to his children, ages 7 through 11, she said. But the children also needed to get vaccinated, to remain healthy so they wouldn't pass infections to him.

The family's decision comes as national and state health officials push to increase vaccination rates among adults, a shift they say could greatly reduce the 50,000 deaths from preventable disease that occur in the United States every year.

Among the diseases from which many millions of people remain unprotected: influenza, pneumococcal infections and shingles. Most recent state figures show that about 45 percent of adults in North Carolina receive the influenza vaccine, lower than in neighboring South Carolina and Virginia. North Carolina's rate would have to double to reach the 90 percent rate public health officials have set as a target for 2020.

Several factors are driving the effort, including a task force called the National Adult Vaccine Program, according to experts in North Carolina and at the recent Gerontological Society of America conference in New Orleans. Among them:

. Growing realization among public and private health leaders of the cost of preventable disease, estimated at $87 billion a year for influenza nationally.

. Increasing ability to have the cost of vaccines covered by health insurance, partly as a result of the federal health law.

. Use of electronic medical records to allow doctors and other providers access to accurate records of patients' vaccination status. . . .

Levels of controversy have surrounded vaccinations since at least 1998, when a single, since-retracted study in the United Kingdom proposed a link between childhood vaccines and autism.

"It has so well proven not to be the case," Wolfe said. "It really set vaccination back a long way. It directly led to a lot of deaths.

Undaunted by the controversy over childhood vaccines, officials are pushing for the National Adult Vaccine Program which is pharma-funded as we're told here.

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Annapolis Capital Gazette:

There was something different about the Applebee's restaurant in Parole Sunday morning. Instead of wait staff hustling to deliver orders or busing tables, patrons found a much more placid atmosphere, including a Santa in the corner attending to children with special needs.

Applebee's was hosting the RISE for Autism Foundation's "Sensory Friendly Pancake Breakfast with Santa."

The quiet atmosphere was a relief for more than 150 people who attended.

Are we now used to hearing about "sensitive Santas" and "autism friendly" establishments?

It sounds so nice that Applebee's did this for families with disabled children. Why is it just for kids with ASD? Do they have special days for blind or deaf kids? Or is autism a condition that really is a problem in public? Parents may not feel comfortable going out unless they know a restaurant will understand that having autism can make a new social situation very difficult.

And what is the message here for the public? If 150 people attended, there clearly was a demand. We learn that autistic kids have sensory issues. This is the second year for this.

This is just the beginning. We will have to continue to accommodate those with autism, especially when they're no longer children. EVERYONE is going to have to understand how to deal with people who have autism. Autism is everywhere and we're doing nothing to stop it. We have to learn to live with it as best we can.

Northridge (CA) Daily Sundial

Hundreds of thousands of adults diagnosed with autism are on waiting lists for housing and related support.

KCSN plans to cover this topic on their show Monday night. There was no comment section here or I would have asked, who are these "hundreds of thousands of adults ...on waiting lists:?

Are they in their 40s, 50s, and 60s? If they're on waiting lists for housing, where are they living now?

IF we're talking about people in their 20s, then we all need to be asking a lot of questions about what's happening.

Bronx News 12

THE BRONX - A 12-year-old boy with autism has been found after walking out of his school this morning.

The boy, who is described as "autistic but high-functioning" by police and the Department of Education, walked out of P.S. 188 on Cauldwell Avenue at around 10:30 a.m. Monday and was later found in Times Square in Manhattan.

Police were on the scene within minutes of the report of the boy's disappearance. They were patrolling by foot and by air. Local residents also joined the efforts.

Police say the 12-year-old boy made it safely from the Bronx to Times Square, where police officers for the truancy program found him.

Many parents told News 12 The Bronx that they want to see more security in schools. In the wake of the disappearance of Avonte Oquendo, a child with autism who ran out of school on Oct. 4 and has not yet been found, the Department of Education said it was going to step up security

Another way the autism epidemic is changing our schools: We need more so these children don't wander away, And of course no one is asking why.


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Bob Moffitt

Anne's comment on

"Think of the market potential for developing games designed to help people with autism. It seems we're going to be hearing about how more and more aspects of society adjust to autism. It's not a problem. We just need awareness."

I wholeheartedly agree with Anne.

If autism were a "product" .. with guaranteed increasing numbers of children being diagnosed every year .. coupled with the obviously increasing demand for products .. such as .. "video games" .. to accommodate the needs of those ever increasing numbers of autistic children .. autism is already considered a "growth industry".

Unfortunately, it is not just the "private sector" that benefits from the "growth potential" of autism .. consider, just yesterday, we learned of a newly created "Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities" .. ostensibly to "unite all the information gathered by a myriad of universities that receive millions of dollars each and every year to conduct research on autism".


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