Feb 24, 2014, Eagle Tribune North Andover, MA: Parents of autistic children launch dinner club
Feb 23, 2014, Cookeville (TN) Herald-Citizen: Fry appointed to state council on developmental disabilities
Feb 23, 2014, Brooklyn Reader: Vaccines- Panacea or Poison?
Feb 22, 2014, Seattle Times: "No funding available" - A family's struggle
Feb 22, 2014, Forbes: Is The CDC Hiding Data About Mercury, Vaccines, And Autism?
Eagle Tribune North Andover, MA
Raising a child with autism comes with a host of challenges along with the joys - and going out to dinner can prove one of them.
Behaviors can be unpredictable, with children sometimes having trouble sitting still, talking too loud or even sampling food from a plate at another table, parents say. Other diners may be disturbed and the restaurant staff may not know the best way to service the table - sometimes leaving parents self-conscious and wondering if the trip to the restaurant was even worth it.
"We can feel isolated," said Lenard Zohn of Andover, who has an 8-year-old autistic daughter. "It can be very isolating for any of us and I've heard that from many parents."
So, Zohn has banded together with some other local parents who have autistic children and formed a family dinner club called Autism Eats.
Of course the good side to this is the opportunity for families to be able to go out to a restaurant without the worry of what others will think. The downside is that we're accommodating a disability without ever acknowledging that it never used to be here. Maybe if we just make every facet of our lives "autism friendly" there won't be a problem. That seems to be what we're trying to do. It's all we can do.
Notice that no one is talking about bringing their elderly aunt or uncle with autism. No one mentions how nice this will be for their middle aged autistic sibling. It's always CHILDREN in these stories. No one wants to know what we're doing for all the hidden autistic adults.
Gov. Bill Haslam announced Fry's appointment last week. She also currently serves as the vice-chair of the Putnam County School Board.
"I am excited and honored to have received this appointment," Fry said. "The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities promotes public policies to increase and support the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in their communities."
Council members serve on a volunteer basis and are appointed by the governor and various representatives of state agencies.
"As a school board member and parent of a child with Autism, I am aware of the number of children we serve with disabilities in Putnam County and across Tennessee," Fry said. "One day these children will be adults and no longer be in the school system."
The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities works with public and private entities across the state to promote policies and increased support for individuals with disabilities. The council supports those with disabilities and their families, working toward equal access to employment, health care, housing, education and community life in general.
"My son is 11-years-old, but one day, he and other children with developmental disabilities will be ready to find employment, live as independently as possible and be a part of their communities," Fry said. "My desire to serve on this council is to broaden the opportunities and ensure all those with disabilities have access to them. Support for families is vital to for success."
Fry is an adjunct professor of business law at TTU and private practice attorney at Qualls and Fry PLLC specializing in Special Education Law.
This is a strange piece. We're not even told Fry's first name. As usual, concern about what's ahead for adults with autism is talked about without anyone noting that we really don't know a lot of adults with autism. No one asks why young adults with autism can't go where ASD adults are living now.
Of course no one is worried. If autism were really a crisis someone in the government would be talking about it, right? No comment section.
At our six-month check up, I wanted to re-read the information pamphlet to see what shots she had to have. When I got home I began to research some of the medicines, and 3 hours later I stepped away from my computer scared and overwhelmed at all of the commotion and controversy behind the medicines that are suppose to keep our children healthy and safe from disease.
I could not get past the claims of unsafe ingredients, drug patent owners that sit on the board of the CDC, and side affects that are far more dangerous that the original disease! . . .
The most disturbing of all the information I read was accusations that vaccines cause autism. The drug MMR, a vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (also known as German measles) is being listed as the culprit in causing autism among our youth.
This is nice to see on Google News. I'm sure it would never appear on mainstream news reports. I posted comments.
"No funding available" may best summarize the system for residents with developmental disabilities in Washington state, where some 14,600 families determined eligible for services don't receive any.
. . . Six weeks later, the results of the update evaluation arrived by mail: Rowan still met the state's criteria for receiving services.
But still, the letter reported, "there is no funding available."
Perhaps no phrase better summarizes the system for residents with developmental disabilities in Washington state, where some 14,600 families determined eligible for services don't receive any.
It is not a waitlist, per se, because that term implies a linear path toward an end.
Advocates say the only way off the "No Paid Services Caseload," as it is called, is experiencing a crisis and catching an evaluator's attention just as a spot opens.
"It's essentially a lottery," said Ed Holen, executive director of the Developmental Disabilities Council, an advisory organization whose members are appointed by the governor. "There's no difference between those receiving services and those not receiving services, except that one group has managed to get the services."
First of all, the real problem here is all the disabled children no one can reasonably explain--not the lack of funding. The reporter here didn't even mention the autism rate. He doesn't really explain what's behind the lack of funding.
I posted three comments. And if Washington can't provide for its disabled children---what's going to happen to them as adults when mom and dad are no longer around?
I don't even want to think about it.
Scroll down the first page of the story and look at the photos. This is a very disabled child. We're also told he was normal until he was three months old. No explanation given. I guess that's what we expect with autism.
There were 8 comments up---all critical of the government. I added 3 more. They were all removed.
You know the rule. The answer is, "No." But the assertion has gone viral on social media thanks to the zombie-like resurrection of a long-told, oft-debunked story that the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is hiding its own data linking autism and mercury in vaccines. If you see such assertions in your timelines and newsfeeds (sample headline: "CDC Caught Hiding Data Showing Mercury in Vaccines Linked to Autism"), send the disseminators here. Why? Read on. . . .
Emily Willingham is one of the strongest defenders of vaccines in the media. Here she has backup with Dorit Reiss challenging every comment posted that disagrees with Willingham's view, especially mine. Clearly the controversy shows no signs of fading away.