Feb 25, 2014, ABC News: Royal Caribbean Is Latest Entrant into Autism-Friendly Travel
Feb 24, 2014, Kansas City Star: What's so funny? Plenty for parents of autistic kids
Feb 24, 2014, Salt Lake Tribune: Bill to grow Utah's autism lottery edging closer to passage
Feb 24, 2014, Los Angeles Times: The rights of the unvaccinated child: The legal view
Feb 24, 2014, Fox News: Environmental toxins can be destructive to women's reproductive health
The war on autism is being fought mainly on the home front - in the homes of tens of thousands of affected families. They are leading the way to an understanding of what the illness really is - not a mental disorder but a neurological and metabolic one.
However, the war is lasting longer. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared it was affecting one in every 31 boys.
The war is dragging on because mainstream doctors, government health officials, politicians and the media don't listen to what the struggling families are telling them. For whatever reasons, they seem to have their own agenda and refuse to study these sick children.
Maurine points out the simple reality that autism is an epidemic and we're doing nothing about it. There are no national figures out there sounding any alarm over autism and calling for a plan of action. Autism Speaks finally got around to calling autism crisis and calling for a national plan in 2013, and they were immediately attacked by all kinds of people. The comments on Maurine's letter are similar. She's criticized for calling these children sick.
I posted two comments.
Royal Caribbean is riding high on the waves after a leading travel organization distinguished it as the first official autism-friendly cruise line. The announcement is the latest acknowledgement of a growing number of autism-friendly travel offerings industry wide.
"When you think about accessibility on a cruise line, you often think about physical, visual and hearing disabilities," said Ron Pettit, manager of ADA and Accessibility Compliance for Royal Caribbean International. "But we want to make sure we are offering services to all of our guests. When we noticed a trend a while back with land-based hotels and movie theaters offering more autism-friendly programs, we immediately wondered, 'well, what can we do about this here?'"
ABC News isn't worried about autism. Let's face it, the market is there. Something that affects 2 percent of kids would have lot profit potential. I'm sure we'll be hearing about all kinds of places that are "autism friendly" as we celebrate "April--Autism Awareness Month." People need to stop complaining about autism.
There's nothing funny about autism.
Wait a minute. Yes there is - especially when Chris Long tells the "boob" story.
But let's back up.
Earlier this month several area parents - coached by local comics - practiced routines about the humorous side of living with autistic kids. On Friday they'll take the stage for real at the Mission Theatre for the all-in-fun, over-21 autism fundraiser "An Evening With the 'Rents," (short for parents). The show benefits Camp Encourage, a local summer program for autistic kids.
As music played, Long walked to the mic in a lime-green hoodie. She told a story about visiting McDonald's with her husband, Scott, and their 11-year-old autistic son, Dakota. While Dakota doesn't talk, Long explained, he does love to rub people's skin. . . .
"People with autism just process the world a little differently," said Keenan Stump, a therapist who works with autistic kids in their homes.
I'm sure this is cathartic for autism parents dealing with behavior and health problems that typical parents can't possibility imagine. I can think back to lots of obsessive compulsive behaviors that were humorous and frustrating. However the reality is that autism is a serious disability.
This piece is about children who don't talk or understand appropriate behavior. These children are not leading normal lives. No one addresses this as a national crisis. No one. Not in Washington or in Atlanta. And all these children will be adults someday. This behavior will not be considered amusing when they're grown up.
There won't be an audience like this when the parents are no longer here.
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A bill that would make permanent Utah's experimental autism "lottery" is speeding through the Legislature.
The $2 million measure, HB88, would continue the program in perpetuity, providing about 270 autistic children annually access to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy through Utah's Medicaid program and a charitable fund fed with private contributions from major employers, such as Zion's Bank. The bill would also require the insurer for state employees, Public Employee Health Plan (PEHP), to cover ABA therapy.
The lottery was created a year ago in lieu of a mandate requiring state-regulated insurers to cover ABA therapy - and has, by all measures, been a success.
Helping 200 to 300 children with a lottery in a state where one in 47 kids has autism is described as being "a success."
Does Utah allow insurance companies to ignore the needs of children with other disabilities? Something that would never happen to children who are blind or deaf, is commonplace if the disability is autism.
How can a wealthy country like the U.S. do nothing about a significant portion of disabled children? How can a medically advanced country like the U.S. do nothing to address a health care crisis that didn't exist 25 years ago?
The Seattle Times reports that there is no funding available for hundreds of autistic children.
If states can't provide for those with autism when they're children, how bad will things get when they're adults and dependent on the taxpayers for all their support and care?
In light of what's starting to look like a surge of measles cases spread by unvaccinated carriers, Hastings Law professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss offers some welcome insights into the legal rights of unvaccinated children.
The first two installments of Reiss' five-part series are up at the website shotofprevention.com, with the rest due over the next couple of weeks. Reiss provides a tour of the legal landscape via case law and legal principles, but her core finding is that parents are responsible for weighing the pros and cons of vaccination for their children, and the pros far outweigh the cons.
She writes: "By rejecting the abundant data that proves that the risk of not vaccinating is greater than vaccinating, and by purposely leaving a child at the mercy of vaccine-preventable diseases, parents can legitimately be seen as violating a child's right to health and life."
Whether parents have immersed themselves in the anti-vaccination literature available at the far fringes of science, and sincerely believe it, doesn't matter.
According to Reiss and the LA Times, an unvaccinated child has no rights.
I can see the end to exemptions. It's that simple. Individual rights can't compare to protecting the herd. I posted a comment, but the LA Times usually won't post mine.
Do you know what toxins are lurking in your environment? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a joint committee opinion paper in September requesting policy changes by the government after uncovering evidence that environmental toxins are increasingly becoming a high-level threat to female reproductive health.
In a case study of the manufacturing and processing industries over the last seven years, researchers estimated that 84,000 chemicals are currently in use and 700 new chemicals are added every year in the United States. And, unfortunately, many of these chemicals are released for use without adequate research to determine their impact on the health of any living thing - humans, plants or animals.
Exposure to toxic chemicals is difficult to avoid. These chemicals end up in the air, water, soil, food and even household products. Research has shown that numerous chemicals impact individuals of all ages, causing behavioral disorders and hormonal imbalances. In the last several years, consumers have been warned by environmental and health advocates to heed caution when it comes to toxins in their environment. The rise in environmental chemicals directly correlates with the rise in certain conditions and diseases - such as breast cancer, autism and infertility.
Actually it's more than just autism. She advises that moms should avoid chemicals and go organic---all the while saying nothing about a horrendous dose of mercury in the flu vaccine.
I posted comments--photos are up on them!